Every month we bring you our round-up of a handful of the new releases books for kids of all ages. You can check out our July picture book list here, and read on for our picks for older readers!
First up is The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon. Set in an Australian immigration detention centre and told from the perspective of young Subhi, who was born inside the fence, this book manages to be simultaneously heartwarming and utterly heartbreaking. We recommend for children aged 9-12.
Then there’s When Michael Met Mina. It’s the newest book from Australian YA bestseller Randa Abdel-Fattah, and also focuses on refugees. Michael and Mina meet at a rally – Michael’s parents have founded a new political party all about stopping the boats, and Mina just wants to stop the hate. This one is for the teens, ages 14+.
Media personality Andrew Daddo has released a new novel for older readers. It’s called One Step, and focuses on 15-year-old Dylan. It’s a great YA read for the guys, aged 13+, as Dylan’s struggles with things like acne, girls, English class are very relatable.
For those who saw the movie I Am Number Four or have been reading the ‘Lorian Legacies’ series by Pittacus Lore, it’s all coming to an explosive end. In United As One, due out Mid-July, the Mogadorians are everywhere. John and the Garde need to find new allies and a new strength to make their final stand… 14+
For younger readers, one of Australia’s favourite kiwis, Alan Brough of Spicks and Specks fame, has published his first ever book! In Charlie and the War Against the Grannies. When Charlie really means is the war he “waged alongside my best friend Hils, my second-best-friend Rashid, Peter the Iraqi who isn’t afraid of anything (well apart from one thing), Warren and his magical bike TwelveSpeed and those crazy people we met underground…” Readers 8+
In Homecoming, award-winning author and former UK children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo retells the stories of his childhood in a small English village community. As with all Michael’s work, it is moving, beautifully told, and with important messages. Ages 6-9.
Any Minecraft fan knows there are always more stories to discover. In Minecraft: The Survivors’ Book of Secrets, you’ll learn plenty, and may just be able to stay alive as long as the Minecraft experts who put the mysterious book together…. Perfect for Minecrafters aged 9+.
Then there’s a new book in the Land of Stories series by young actor and writer Chris Colfer. Returning to the fairy-tale world for the 5th time, Colfer weaves a fantasy tale that is a lot of fun for readers 9-12. look out for it when it hits the shelves on the 12th of July.
You can click on the covers below for more information, and be sure to let us know what you and your child are planning to pick up this July in the comments!