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  • 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
  • SING UNBURED SING   -   National Book Award 2017
    SING UNBURED SING - National Book Award 2017
    WARD JESMYN
    ISBN: 9781408891032
    Title: SING UNBURED SING - National Book Award 2017
    Author: WARD JESMYN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A searing and profound odyssey bringing the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America. An essential contribution to American literature.


    Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out to collect him on a voyage rife with danger and promise.

    In prose layered with the textures of the south, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississipi's past and present.

    Using visceral and eloquent language that scalds with its raw power and beauty, Jesmyn Ward grapples unflinchingly with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and explores the power and limitations of the bonds of family and community.

    An epic tale of hope and struggle and a searing and profound odyssey, this is is a majestic new work from a writer at the height of her powers.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    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

    WINNER PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017


    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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