February is a treasure trove of wonderful new books for kids and teenagers. From gorgeous picture books about friendship, to scientific adventures and cheeky hijinks this list will no doubt have something for every voracious reader!
Me Too – Erika Geraerts & Charl Laubscher
A gentle exploration of the many reasons that we love our best friend. The author’s are also best friends and wanted to write a book dedication to
Ash Dresses Her Friends – Fu Wenzheng
This is a heartwarming picture book about sharing with others, and how making and creating can bring people together.
The Feather – Margaret Wild & Freya Blackwood
Two of our greatest picture book creators have joined forces once again to tell a story of hope, kindness and redemption set in a grey dystopian world.
Hickory Dickory Dash – Tony Wilson & Laura Wood
The co-creators of the wonderful The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, have produced a wonderfully silly companion picture book. Full of wonderful rhyming couplets and nonsense, this will no doubt tickle the funny bone!
JUNIOR AND MIDDLE FICTION
Quark’s Academy – Catherine Pelosi
Perfect for all curious minds and inventors, this new book by Australian author Catherine Pelosi is guaranteed to keep your science-inclined young readers engrossed!
Danny Best: Me First! – Jen Storer & Mitch Vane
The third laugh-out-loud volume in this brilliant series for younger readers. Danny Best is full of ideas, adventurous spirit and good intent. If you haven’t discovered this series yet – now is the time!
The List – Patricia Forde
Letta lives in a world in which all but 500 words have been banned from use. As apprentice to the Wordsmith, Letta can read all the words that have ever existed. Words like freedom, music, and even pineapple tell her about a world she’s never known.
Artie and the Grime Wave – Richard Roxburgh
One of the funniest books of 2016 is now available in a special $9.99 edition!
The Endsister – Penni Russon
Unforgettable characters, chaotic family life and an intriguing ghost story combine in this funny, absorbing tale of a family who inherit a mansion on the other side of the world.
Parvana: The Graphic Novel – Deborah Ellis & Nora Twomey
This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of the animated film, inspired by Deborah Ellis’s beloved novel, tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, a story of courage in the face of overwhelming fear and repression. Readers will want to linger over this powerful graphic novel with its striking art and inspiring story.
Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables Fight Back – Tim Harris
The motley crew that makes up Mr Bambuckle’s class are back for another adventure! Miss Frost says discipline is the new order, but not if the class in room 12B has anything to do with it . . .
WaR: Wizards and Robots – will.i.am
An explosive action-adventure novel created by will.i.am and renowned futurist Brian David Johnson. Wizards are real, robots from the future are here, and the fate of our world rests in the hands of one unsuspecting teenager.
The Wild Robot – Peter Brown
A heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide. By turns funny, moving, surprising and dramatic, this is a novel that is as thought-provoking as it is enchanting.
Olivia’s Secret Scribbles – Meredith Costain
Ella’s younger sister now has a diary series of her very own! Hear about her best friend Lucy, the cool invention’s she’s making, her new bedroom AND the mysterious new girl at school.
The Witching Hours #2: The Troll Heart – Jack Henseleit
The Witching Hours series continues with book 2, The Troll Heart – a chilling tale of stone and blood for only the bravest of readers.
The 1000-Year-Old-Boy – Ross Welford
Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. Obviously no one believes him. So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live…
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Reign the Earth – A.C. Gaughan
An intense, richly drawn high-fantasy tale featuring a princess who much choose between peace for her world and her life. From the author Scarlet this novel will surely hold readers spellbound.
Between Us – Claire Atkins
Is it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed-wire fences and a political wilderness between them? Anahita is a passionate, curious and determined young Iranian asylum seeker
The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get.
Scythe – Neal Shusterman
The best dystopian fiction for teens that Better Reading has come across in some time! Scythe is a dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.