Book Week 2016: Information Books

CBCA announced this morning the Notables List 2016 (also known as the
Long-List) for Book Week. I will split books into their nominated
sections into different posts to make it easy to find the relevant grade
levels. This is a list of books, brief details and summary.

note: Most of these summaries are from the publisher websites as I am
yet to read any of them myself and will need to start tracking a copy
down. Stayed tuned for the book reviews to come over the next several
months for a better look at the books.

Book Week 2016 – Australia: Story Country

Book of the Year: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Title: The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert

Author: Jakuna Mona Chuguna and Pat Lowe
ISBN:  9781922142054
Summary: The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the remarkable account of
the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl and her family in the desert
country of north-west Australia. A collection of accessible stories that
elucidate the rich cultural lives of pre-contact Aboriginal
Australians, this book is a valuable resource for educators and young
readers, and is accompanied by beautiful black and white illustrations.

Title: Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect

Author: Rohan Cleve
ISBN:  9781486301126
Summary: Once thought to be extinct, the phasmids
were rediscovered on Balls Pyramid, a volcanic outcrop 23 kilometers off
the coast of Lord Howe Island, Australia, prompting an extraordinary
conservation effort to save this remarkable insect. It is now officially
known as a “Lazarus species” and has attracted the attention of zoo
goers, tourists, naturalists Dr. Jane Goodall and Sir David Attenborough
and millions of viewers on Vimeo.

Title: Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia’s Inland Sea

Author: Danielle Clode

ISBN:  9781921833168
Summary: Step back to a time when Australia’s red centre was flooded by a vast
shallow ocean, the Eromanga Sea. While dinosaurs stalked the scattered
islands that made up the Australian continent, giant marine reptiles
ruled the waves. Plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs swam in an inland sea
filled with schools of ammonites, pterosaurs flew overhead and giant
carnivorous amphibians lurked in the rivers. Prehistoric Marine,
the third in the Museum Victoria Nature series, is a guide to the fauna
of the Eromanga Sea and its coasts during the Cretaceous period.

Title: The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake

Author: Peter Gouldthorpe

ISBN:  9781742990910
Summary: The Gestapo called her The White Mouse – and they wanted her, dead or
alive. Nancy Wake was an Australian who joined the French Resistance
during World War II and became the most wanted woman in France.
Parachuting behind enemy lines, blowing up bridges and smuggling
refugees across borders, Nancy fought fiercely against the enemy and
became the most decorated Australian woman in any war.

Title: The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made

Author: Fiona Katauskas
ISBN:  9780733333880
Summary: It’s one of the most amazing stories ever told — and it’s true!
Funny, frank and embarrassment-free, The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made gives a fresh take on the incredible tale of where we all come from.

Title: Green Tree Frogs
Author: Sandra Kendall
ISBN:  9781922081421
Summary: This is a story mainly about a cold, wet and windy night that brings out
the green tree frogs. It describes their croaking sound, behaviour,
ridiculous places they decide to hide (such as toilets) and even
includes the life-cycle – and all of this is done in rhyme!

Title: A is for Australia
Author: Frane Lessac

ISBN:  9781922179760
Summary: What is the Fremantle Doctor? Where is Qui Qui? And why are some islands
named after days of the week? You’ll uncover these exciting facts when
you explore the A to Z of Australia – from Bondi to Kakadu and all the
way to Taronga Zoo. Discover why Australia is one of the most amazing
countries in the world!

Title: Australian Kids Through the Years
Author: Tania McCartney
ISBN:  9780642278593
Summary: Many thousands of years ago, the first people arrived in Australia and
made this land their home, but when Europeans arrived in the late 1700s,
things changed forever. Now, Australia is home to children of many
cultures and backgrounds. Australian Kids through the Years takes a look
at children’s lives, from the time of the first children, to the
colonial era and Federation, and through the decades of the twentieth
century to the present day.

For each period, the book introduces
a particular girl and a boy who then feature in the following spread.
The spreads show what Australian kids liked to eat, the games they
played, the clothes they wore and the activities they enjoyed. See how
these things have changed through the years. What games did Aboriginal
children like Kiah and Mandu once play? How did Meg and William wear
their hair in colonial times? What books did Matthew and Ming read
during the 1970s? Which toys were huge in the 1990s?

Title: ANZAC Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front

Author: Allison Marlow Paterson

ISBN:  9781925275148
In the years of 1914-1918 over 330,000 Australians served their country
in a war far from their homeland, more than 60,000 of them die. Five of
these Australians were brothers; three of them were destined to never
return to the home they loved. The Great War brought enormous sorrow to
families all over the world. In Australia there were few who escaped the
fear, nor the tragedy. This is the story of the Marlow brothers. This
powerful childrens book brings their story to life for future
generations. It is a tragic tale of mateship, bravery and sacrifice; a
heartbreaking account of a family torn apart by a devastating war. It is
a pledge to never forget.

Title: Lennie the Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony

Author: Stephanie Owen Reeder

ISBN:  9780642278654
Summary: Lennie the Legend begins with a terrible accident on the family
farm, when Lennie, remarkably at such a young age, takes on the
responsibility for the ploughing. Lennie is obsessed with the marvel of
the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, as a reward for saving the farm from
missing the planting season, his parents grant him his wish to ride on
his own to Sydney for the opening of the bridge. Lennie has all sorts of
adventures along the way—a thief lurking in the bush in the dead of
night, a raging bushfire, surprise appearances, celebrations in his
honour, being the star of a newsreel, and meeting the Prime Minister.

Title: Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs

Author: Robyn Siers
ISBN:  9780992583927
Summary: Ancestry is the third book in the Century of service series. It
tells the stories of individuals and families from a range of cultural
backgrounds who served with Australian units during the First World War.
This image-rich publication draws on the Australian War Memorial’s
diverse collection, including private records, photographs, works of
art, and relics.

Title: My Gallipoli

Author: Ruth Starke
ISBN:  9781921504761
Summary: From the shores of Anzac Cove to the heights of Chunuk Bair, from Cape
Helles to Gurkha Bluff, the Gallipoli Peninsula was the place where
thousands of men from sixteen nations fought, suffered, endured or died
during the eight months of occupation in 1915. For each of them, their
families and their nurses, Gallipoli meant something different. Their
voices emerge from the landscape and across the decades with stories of
courage, valour, despair and loss.

Title: Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change

Author: Carole Wilkinson
ISBN:  9781925126372
Summary: Talking about the weather used to be small talk, now it’s the hottest
topic on Earth. We can’t survive without Earth’s atmosphere, yet most of
the time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for
our greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is
changing Earth’s climate. Atmospheric cuts through the many voices
raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what
is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it. This could
be the most important book you read in your life.

Title: We are the Rebels: The Women and Men Who Made Eureka

Author: Clare Wright

ISBN:  9781922182784
Summary: Front and centre
are the vibrant, adventurous personalities who were players in the
rebellion: Sarah Hanmer, Ellen Young, Clara Seekamp, Anastasia Hayes and
Catherine Bentley, among others.

But just as important were the
thousands of women who lived, worked and traded on the goldfields –
women who have been all but invisible until now. Discovering them
changes everything.

Title: Alice’s Food A – Z
Author: Alice Zaslavsky

ISBN:  9781922179388
Summary: Dip in and taste this edible adventure by Alice Zaslavsky – former
MasterChef contestant and the host of TV quiz show Kitchen Whiz. Packed
to the brim with funny food facts, clever cooking tips and kid-friendly
recipes, this is a book for the fact-hungry, food-obsessed or those who
like to mess about in the kitchen.

What do you think?