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Sunday 25 August 2013

KBR Recommends: New Middle Fiction, August 2013

Flora's War by Pamela Rushby, Ford Street, $18.95, 978192166598, ages 12+

It's 1915 and sixteen-year-old Australian, Flora Wentworth, is visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli.

Flora's comfortable life is turned upside down when a hospital visit thrusts her into the realities of World War 1. She is soon transporting injured soldiers and helping out exhausted nurses – managing to fall in love along the way.

As Flora battles to save lives and find her own, a tragic misunderstanding changes everything ...

Endgame (Conspiracy 365 Black Ops #3) by Gabrielle Lord, Scholastic, $14.99, 9781742835204, ages 10+

Shadow Island's volcano is erupting! Cal and Ryan are trapped on the island with the evil Damien Thoroughgood, who will stop at nothing to fulfil his deadly plan. After surviving in the jungle and outwitting his enemy for so long, Cal risks losing his brother and everything he's worked towards.

Will Cal agree to a criminal mission to save his brother's life? Or will he stop Damien from unleashing earth-shattering evil?

The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last.

Callum Ormond has been warned. He has 30 days. The countdown ends with the final book in the Black Ops trilogy.

For more information about the Conspiracy 365 and Black Ops books, visit the Conspiracy 365 website.

Claws of the Crocodile (Mission Survival #5) by Bear Grylls, Red Fox, $14.95, 9781849418423, ages 9+

In Claws of the Crocodile, Beck Granger follows a mysterious clue to the town of Broome. It is just the beginning of an adventure that will force him into some of his toughest survival challenges yet!

The search for clues takes Beck into the heart of the outback, where he must battle raging storms, ravenous crocodiles, cunning villains and a secret that may link back to the death of his parents many years ago...

Claws of the Crocodile is the latest book in this exciting series from survival specialist Bear Grylls. Brace yourself for thrilling action and non-stop Australian adventure.

Visit the Mission Survival websitehttp://www.missionsurvival.co.uk/ for games, competitions and latest Mission Survival book news.

Yamashita's Gold (The Debt Instalment #5) by Phillip Gwynne, Allen & Unwin, $14.99, 9781742378619, ages 10 - 14

Pay The Debt or lose a pound of flesh.

Dom's received a threatening message in Latin. He doesn't know who it's from, but he hopes it's The Debt, because the organisation has been suspiciously quiet. Dom's pieced together the puzzle of the previous instalments and is sure the fifth one must be about Yamashita's Gold - the legendary treasure looted during the Second World War that might have ended up in the waters of Diablo Bay.

Finding the gold means breaking a few rules, but Dom knows all about that. Desperate times call for desperate mesaures and with more than one person after him, Dom feels he has no choice. The question is, can he do it and get away with his life?

Visit The Debt website for more information about the series.