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  • 78 STOREY TREEHOUSE   -   ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children 2017
    78 STOREY TREEHOUSE - ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children 2017
    GRIFFITHS ANDY
    ISBN: 9781743535004
    Title: 78 STOREY TREEHOUSE - ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children 2017
    Author: GRIFFITHS ANDY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They've added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BONE SPARROW   -   ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 2017
    BONE SPARROW - ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 2017
    FRAILLON ZANA
    ISBN: 9780734417138
    Title: BONE SPARROW - ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 2017
    Author: FRAILLON ZANA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shortlisted for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016

    Longlisted for the Gold Inky Award 2017

    Longlisted for the 2017 CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie Medal

    Selected as a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book 2017

    'A special book.' - Morris Gleitzman

    Sometimes, at night, the dirt outside turns into a beautiful ocean. As red as the sun and as deep as the sky. I lie in my bed, Queeny's feet pushing up against my cheek, and listen to the waves lapping at the tent.

    Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it is bursting at the limits of his world. The Night Sea brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories.

    The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears from the other side of the wires, and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family's love songs and tragedies.

    Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom, as their tales unfold. But not until each of them has been braver than ever before.

    Imprint: LOTHIAN
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • DRY   -   ABIA Book of the Year 2017
    DRY - ABIA Book of the Year 2017
    HARPER JANE
    ISBN: 9781925481372
    Title: DRY - ABIA Book of the Year 2017
    Author: HARPER JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country." Michael Robotham

    "One of the most stunning debuts I've ever read ... Read it!" David Baldacci


    WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

    Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...

    When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

    And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret ... A secret Falk thought long-buried ... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface ...

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • EVICTED : Poverty and Profit in the American City -   -  Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Winner 2017
    EVICTED : Poverty and Profit in the American City - - Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Winner 2017
    DESMOND MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780141983318
    Title: EVICTED : Poverty and Profit in the American City - - Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction Winner 2017
    Author: DESMOND MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the twenty-first century: where fewer and fewer people can afford a simple roof over their head.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GO HOME CHEEKY ANIMALS - CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood 2017
    GO HOME CHEEKY ANIMALS - CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood 2017
    BELL JOHANNA
    ISBN: 9781760291655
    Title: GO HOME CHEEKY ANIMALS - CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood 2017
    Author: BELL JOHANNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this lively follow-up to Too Many Cheeky Dogs, the camp is invaded by all kinds of cheeky feral animals who are finally chased away by the resident cheeky dogs.

    At Canteen Creek where we live, there are cheeky dogs everywhere. But when the cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp, the dogs just lie there - until those pesky animals really go too far. Then the cheeky camp dogs roar into action!

    'A funny, uplifting and beautifully written tale about family, home and place.' Ros Moriarty, author of Listening to Country.

    Johanna Bell lives in Darwin and works on storytelling projects as a creative producer and writer.

    Dion Beasley is well known for his Cheeky Dogs brand. He lives in Tennant Creek, NT.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HOME IN THE RAIN - CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2017
    HOME IN THE RAIN - CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2017
    GRAHAM BOB
    ISBN: 9781406368239
    Title: HOME IN THE RAIN - CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2017
    Author: GRAHAM BOB
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The extraordinary touches a seemingly ordinary moment of family life, in this tender, heart-warming story from the award-winning Bob Graham.

    From multi-award winning author-illustrator Bob Graham comes a tender, touching story of family life, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way. Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma's in the heavy rain. When they're still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out "Daddy" and "Mummy" and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister... A beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places

    Imprint: WALKER BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR  -   Man Booker International Prize 2017
    HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR - Man Booker International Prize 2017
    GROSSMAN DAVID
    ISBN: 9781784704223
    Title: HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR - Man Booker International Prize 2017
    Author: GROSSMAN DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell. Dovale Gee, a veteran stand-up comic – charming, erratic, repellent – exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him.

    A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breathtaking read. Betrayals between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt demanding redress. Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovale Gee provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry – and all this in the presence of a former childhood friend who is trying to understand why he’s been summoned to this performance.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LOST PAGES   -   Vogel Winner 2017
    LOST PAGES - Vogel Winner 2017
    PERICIC MARIJA
    ISBN: 9781760296865
    Title: LOST PAGES - Vogel Winner 2017
    Author: PERICIC MARIJA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WINNER of the 2017 The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

    A stunning novel of friendship, fraud and betrayal within a compelling literary rivalry.


    ‘To frame The Lost Pages as being about Brod is clever and interesting. The Kafka we meet here is almost the opposite of the one we have come to expect.’ Stephen Romei, Literary Editor, The Australian

    It is 1908, and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague’s literary world. Everything he desires—fame, respect, love—is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so hard to attain. He knows that the newcomer, Franz Kafka, has the power to eclipse him for good, and he must decide to what lengths he will go to hold onto his success. But there is more to Franz than meets the eye, and Max, too, has secrets that are darker than even he knows, secrets that may in the end destroy both of them.

    The Lost Pages is a richly reimagined story of Max Brod’s life filtered through his relationship with Franz Kafka. In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Pericic writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE - Winner of The Stella Prize 2017
    MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE - Winner of The Stella Prize 2017
    ROSE HEATHER
    ISBN: 9781760291860
    Title: MUSEUM OF MODERN LOVE - Winner of The Stella Prize 2017
    Author: ROSE HEATHER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize.

    A mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present.


    'This is a weirdly beautiful book.' David Walsh founder and curator, MONA

    'Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.' Stella Adler


    'Art will wake you up. Art will break your heart. There will be glorious days. If you want eternity you must be fearless.' From The Museum of Modern Love

    She watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live?

    If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do.

    Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do.

    This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ONE WOULD THINK THE DEEP - CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers 2017
    ONE WOULD THINK THE DEEP - CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers 2017
    ZORN CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9780702253942
    Title: ONE WOULD THINK THE DEEP - CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers 2017
    Author: ZORN CLAIRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sam stared at the picture of the boy about to be tipped off the edge of the world: the crushing weight of water about to pummel him. Sam knew that moment exactly, the disbelief that what was about to happen could even be possible. The intake of breath before the flood.

    Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she's dead, it's worse than ever.

    With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.

    Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision -- will he sink or will he swim?

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • POWER - Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2017
    POWER - Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2017
    ALDERMAN NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780670919963
    Title: POWER - Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2017
    Author: ALDERMAN NAOMI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In The Power the world is a recognizable place- there's a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge, with devastating effects. Now, with the flick of a switch, teenage girls can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

    This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of Young British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if physical power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RETURN : FATHERS SONS AND THE LAND IN BETWEEN  -  Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winner 2017
    RETURN : FATHERS SONS AND THE LAND IN BETWEEN - Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winner 2017
    MATAR HISHAM
    ISBN: 9780241966280
    Title: RETURN : FATHERS SONS AND THE LAND IN BETWEEN - Pulitzer Prize for Biography Winner 2017
    Author: MATAR HISHAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale. It is an exquisite meditation on how history and politics can bear down on an individual life. And yet Hisham Matar's memoir isn't just about the burden of the past, but the consolation of love, literature and art. It is the story of what it is to be human.

    Hisham Matar was nineteen when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, the fall of Gaddafi meant he was finally able to return to his homeland. In this moving memoir, the author takes us on an illuminating journey, both physical and psychological; a journey to find his father and rediscover his country.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ROCKHOPPING - CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers 2017
    ROCKHOPPING - CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers 2017
    BALLA TRACE
    ISBN: 9781760112349
    Title: ROCKHOPPING - CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers 2017
    Author: BALLA TRACE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The story of an eventful hike in Gariwerd (the Grampians), from the creator of the multi-award-winning Rivertime.


    Join Clancy and Uncle Egg on a rambling, rockhopping adventure in Gariwerd (the Grampians), to find the source of the Glenelg River. A story about following your flow, and the unexpected places you may go.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  -  Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2017
    UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2017
    WHITEHEAD COLSON
    ISBN: 9780708898406
    Title: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner 2017
    Author: WHITEHEAD COLSON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR FICTION 2016


    Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

    In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

    At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is at once the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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