Thursday, 2 March 2017
A DOZEN INTERESTING NEW CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG ADULTS' BOOKS THAT HAVE ARRIVED IN THE LAST WEEK
Triangle by Mac Barnett and John Klassen $28
Triangle sets out to play a mean trick on square, but square has the last laugh. The quality of the illustrations is particularly lovely, as the characters pass between the land where everything is triangular to and from the land where everything is square, through the land where the things are without shape.
Mr Postmouse Goes on Holiday by Marianne Dubuc $30
Mr Postmouse can't be delivering letters all the time; sometimes he and his family like to travel. However, they can't go around the world without a few parcels to deliver...
Full of charming detail (as you'd expect).
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito and Julia Kuo $35
Yoshio wants to find the most beautiful sound, the sound of silence, but everything has a noise, especially in a big city. Where will he find the sound of silence? Beautifully illustrated.
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson and Andrea Offermann $30
In a story drawn from Arthurian lore, Yvain kills a lord in battle and finds his fate entwined with that of the slain man's widow and that of her maid. Luminously drawn, this graphic novel is both an exploration of knightly virtues and of the lives of medieval women.
"A thoughtful, entertaining, and provocative presentation of this centuries-old story." - Booklist
Eden West by Pete Hautman $22
Seventeen-year-old Jacob has grown up in the insular world of a separatist cult. His allegiance to the Grace starts to unravel as he develops feelings towards Lynna, a girl from the neighbouring range who he meets when patrolling Nodd's borders. As the End Days grow ever closer, will Jacob be tempted to sample forbidden Worldly Pleasures?
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet $28
Eleven-year-old Noah's life suddenly changes when his parents whisk him off on a secret mission in East Berlin in 1989. With a new name and identity, he must make a new life in a city where 'they' may be listening at any time, and where his friend Claudia's parents have suddenly disappeared....
Audubon: On the wings of the world by Fabien Grolleau and Jeremie Royer $33
A stunningly lovely graphic novel based on the life of the man whose passion for birds drove him on an epic quest across North America at the start of the 19th century. What would the world make of his illustrations upon his return?
Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault $30
When Virginia wakes up feeling wolfish and starts making noises that frighten the visitors, will her sister be able to charm her back to humanity by painting her a garden called Bloomsberry?
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd, illustrated by Levi Pinfold $23
In 1941 Emmaline is evacuated from London to Briar Hill hospital in Shropshire. There she discovers a hopeful deep secret: there are winged horses that live in a world through the hospital mirrors.
"A remarkable book." - Michael Morpurgo
Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and beyond by Martin Jenkins and Stephen Biesty $38
Biesty's incredible cross-sections add an extra dimension to this history of exploration of the final frontier (even though we're not too sure that space is the final frontier).
The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen $25
When Ani is told she has tested positive for the plague that is sweeping her country, and sent to quarantine on an island (where the sufferers and condemned (supposedly) so that the populace may be saved (supposedly)), she discovers that all is not quite what it seems, neither the plague, nor the colony, nor the way in which her country functions. What is going on?
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan $17
Will twelve-year-old Willow's mathematical genius help her to build a new life when everything goes wrong?
Bronze Bird Tower ('Dragonkeeper' #6) by Carole Wilkinson $28
Being a dragonkeeper is a lot more difficult than Tao could have imagined. When he and Kai reach the dragon sanctuary at last, nothing is as they imagined it would be, and danger is always at their heels. Bronze Bird Tower brings to a close this wonderful series in which young protagonists in ancient China must make difficult choices in the face of immediate and structural dangers. Start with #1: Dragonkeeper. Recommended!
Poo Bum: A memory game by Stephanie Blake $25
Match the cards and enjoy the company of Simon the cheeky rabbit. Fun.