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.
Please 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: Younger Readers
Title: The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet
Author: Libby Gleeson
Summary: Cleo’s best friend is away, her parents are busy, and there’s nothing to
do but count raindrops – or tidy her room. Just when she thinks she’ll
never cheer up, Cleo has an idea. In the next story, Cleo longs for a
pet but her mum and dad say no. Perhaps the answer is hidden somewhere
Author: Morris Gleitzman
Summary: I hoped the Nazis would be defeated. And they were. I hoped the war would
be over. And it was. I hoped we would be safe. But we aren’t. Soon
continues the incredibly moving story of Felix, a Jewish boy still
struggling to survive in the wake of the liberation of Poland after the
end of World War Two.
Title: The 65-Storey Treehouse
Author: Andy Griffiths
Summary: The 65-Storey Treehouse now has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where
it’s always your birthday (even when it’s not), a room full of exploding
eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, a time machine
and Tree-NN: a 24-hour-a-day TV news centre keeping you up to date with
all the latest treehouse news, current events and gossip. Well, what
are you waiting for?
Title: The Cut Out
Author: Jack Heath
Summary: Fero isn’t a spy. But he looks exactly like someone who is: Troy
Maschenov – a ruthless enemy agent. But what starts as a case of
mistaken identity quickly turns into a complicated and dangerous plan.
Fero is recruited to fight for his country. He will have to impersonate
Troy, enter enemy territory, hunt down a missing agent and bring her
home in time to prevent a devastating terror attack. Fero is in way over
his head. Hastily trained, loaded up with gadgets and smuggled across
the border, he discovers the truth about espionage. Getting in is easy.
Getting out alive is hard.
Title: 300 Minutes of Danger
Author: Jack Heath
Summary: George is trapped in a falling aeroplane with no engine and no pilot.
Milla is covered with radioactive waste and her hazard suit is running
out of air. Otto is in the darkest depths of the ocean, where something
hungry is circling. 10 dangerous situations. 10 brave kids. 30 minutes
Title: Run, Pip, Run
Author: J.C. Jones
Summary: Pip Sullivan’s tenth birthday was a disaster – and that was only the
beginning. With her beloved Sully in hospital and the welfare hot on her
heels, Pip needs time, money and a place to stay. She’s determined to
stay one step ahead of Senior Constable Molly Dunlop! With help from her
friends – including a psychic cat and a canine escape artist – Pip
needs to stay out of dreaded foster homes so she can help Sully get
better. Run, Pip, Run is a warm-hearted story about a small girl on her
own in a big city, but who knows a thing or two about loyalty, bravery
Title: Bella and the Wandering House
Author: Meg McKinlay
Summary: Bella is very surprised one morning to discover her house has moved in
the night – not a lot, just a little. Her parents are too busy to
notice, but even they can’t pretend it’s not happening when they wake up
to find their house on the banks of a lake. Night after night the house
moves and the family wakes to a new location. Unless Bella can solve
the mystery, who knows where they’ll end up?
Title: Bridget: A New Australian
Author: James Maloney
Summary: Bridget’s family has been turned out of their home during the Irish
potato famine and their only refuge is the workhouse where living
conditions are hard and freezing and the food sparse. There is one
chance for Bridget and her sister – to take a ship to a new country and
become Australians. But will they survive the journey, let alone the
challenges that await them in a far away land?
Title: Sister Heart
Author: Sally Morgan
Summary: A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to
an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life
for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new
friendships. Poignantly told from the child’s perspective, Sister Heart
affirms the power of family and kinship.
Title: Molly and Pim and The Millions of Stars
Author: Martine Murray
Summary: Molly has a strange life. Her mama collects herbs at dawn and makes
potions, her father and brothers have gone away, and her house feels
like a gypsy caravan. Molly doesn’t want to know anything about herbs
and potions. She wishes she could be more like her best friend, Ellen,
who has a normal family and a normal house. But she is also secretly
interested in Pim, who is inquisitive and odd and a little bit
frightening. When Molly’s mama makes a potion that has a wild and
shocking effect, Molly and Pim look for a way to make things right, and
Molly discovers the magic and value of her own unusual life. Molly and
Pim and the Millions of Stars is a delightful story about friendship and
acceptance and learning to see the wonder in the world.
Title: Helix and the Arrival
Author: Damean Posner
Summary: Hi, I’m Helix. I’m twelve years old and the worst caveman-to-be that
Rockfall has ever seen. I’m even less cavemanly than my lazy bonehead
brother, whose hobby is grooming his nose hair. It’s almost time for my
Arrival. I’ll be expected to disappear into the woods and return with
something big, dangerous or rare preferably all three. My best friend Ug
is preparing for his Arrival too. He has the strength of a hungry
rhinovore so he will no doubt bring back something impressive. And our
friend Saleeka would pass with flying colours, except girls aren’t
allowed to take the test a rule that makes her angrier than a
sabre-tooth. But me? I can’t even lift a club above my shoulder.
Title: Shadows of the Master
Author: Emily Rodda
Summary: Britta has always wanted to be a trader like her father, sailing the
nine seas and bringing precious cargo home to Del harbour. Her dreams
seemed safe until her father’s quest to find the fabled Staff of Tier
ended in blood and horror. Now his shamed family is in hiding, and his
ship, the Star of Deltora, belongs to the powerful Rosalyn fleet. But
Britta’s ambition burns as fiercely as ever. When she suddenly gets the
chance to win back her future she knows she has to take it whatever the
cost. She has no idea that shadows from a distant, haunted isle are
watching her every move.
Title: The Fourteenth Summer of Angus Jack
Author: Jen Storer
Summary: Funny, exhilarating and a little bit scary; a bewitching blend of Norse
mythology and urban fantasy. Since moving to Australia with their
father, Angus Jack and his sister, Martha, have moved house constantly.
They end up living next door to a peculiar old lady called Reafen, who
is a second-hand dealer. To Angus and Martha, Reafen seems harmless
enough. But who is she really and where did she get all the weird stuff
in her shop? Without his knowledge, Reafen draws Angus into her world;
into ancient feuds, Wild Magick and bitter rivalries – into the secret
dealings of Vikings and goblins and all those who have lived in the Old
Title: The Hush Treasure Book
Author: Karen Tayleur
Summary: Welcome to the world of HUSH a world of magic, wonder and
mystery…Created for the Hush Music Foundation, famous for its original
music albums used in hospitals all around the world, this book is a
treasure trove that will delight and entertain the whole family..