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Sunday 29 September 2013

KBR Recommends: New Junior Fiction, September 2013

Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All by Sean Taylor and Hannah Shaw, Frances Lincoln, $12.95, 9781847804761, ages 4–6

The much-loved tale of the crocodile who can climb better than a mountain goat, hop higher than a kangaroo, and even swing through trees better than an orang-utan has now been redesigned in consultation with a literacy specialist as part of Frances Lincoln's 'Time to Read' series, aimed at children who are gaining confidence in reading.

Accidental Adventurer (Ava Anne Appleton #1) by Wendy Harmer and Andrea Edmonds, Scholastic, $9.99, 9781742838755, age 7+

Everything is A-OK in the world of Ava Anne Appleton. Life with her mum, dad, and her dog Angus, is perfectly orderly - just how she likes it.

But the Appleton family are off on a grand adventure. They'll be living in a motor-home for a whole year. Ava is horrified! What ever will she do?

You can find our more at the Ava Anne Appleton website.

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami, Scholastic, $12.99, 9781742836720, age 8+

Nine-year-old Yasmin intends to read a book a day for the rest of her life. Book Uncle, who runs a free lending library on the street corner, always has the perfect book for her. But when Book Uncle seems to be in trouble, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

With the elections coming up and the grown-ups busy with their own affairs, what difference can Yasmin and her friends possibly make? Will they get help from karate Samuel, the eccentric superstar who's standing for Mayor? Yasmin gets to work, ideas begin to fly like feathers, and soon everything starts to spin - out of control.