Mar 252013
 

What the Raven Saw

Samantha-Ellen Bound

What the raven saw

An unlikely hero. An extraordinary story.

The raven doesn’t want you to read his story. What if you find out the location of his treasure? Or worse, what if you learn his secret – that ravens can talk?

But you should read it, even though the raven wants to be left alone. A pesky pigeon, a beady-eyed weatherhen, a ghost boy and a lovestruck scarecrow will make sure this story isn’t just about one grumpy raven. With their help, the raven will uncover a thief, sing his own song, and discover there’s more to life than being magnificent. => http://bit.ly/YQxFLf

Nov 172012
 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

For the first time in a decade, Willy Wonka, the reclusive and eccentric chocolate maker, is opening his doors to the public – well, five members of the public to be exact. The lucky five who find a Golden Ticket in their Wonka chocolate bars will receive a private tour of the factory, given by Mr. Wonka himself. For young Charlie Bucket, this a dream come true. And, when he finds a dollar bill in the street, he can’t help but buy two Wonka’s Whipple–Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delights – even though his impoverished family could certainly use the extra dollar for food. But as Charlie unwraps the second chocolate bar, he sees the glimmer of gold just under the wrapper! The very next day, Charlie, along with his unworthy fellow winners Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Augustus Gloop, steps through the factory gates to discover whether or not the rumors surrounding the Chocolate Factory and its mysterious owner are true. What they find is that the gossip can’t compare to the extraordinary truth, and for Charlie, life will never be the same again. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another unforgettable masterpiece from the legendary Roald Dahl, never fails to delight, thrill, and utterly captivate.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a book that stands the test of time. Roald Dahl’s story continues to capture the attention and imaginations of children today, as it did when it was first published in 1964.  Children relate to Charlie Bucket who is an ordinary boy.  The story is one of good versus evil, where the antagonists are not monsters but naughty children, who get their just desserts in the end.  There is magic.  There is imagination.  There is chocolate.  And in the end, good behaviour is rewarded.     All of this makes Charlie and the Chocolaty factory an ideal book to study, since it has already engaged the children’s interest.  There are a myriad of things you can do, using this book in the classroom to build children’s skills across a range of curriculum areas.  Click here to access more than 100 activities involving comprehension, character studies, craft activities, maths, ESL, music, social science, art, science.  There are puzzles, games, word searches, worksheets and more…=>  http://bit.ly/XOUHDY

 

Sep 042012
 

Louis Beside Himself

Anna Fienberg

When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air… A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo’s Curse.

Watch the author discussing her book http://bit.ly/NJ1VGx

Sep 192011
 

Nanberry

Jackie French

EAN:978-0732290221
Format: Paperback 320 p.
Published in:2011
Published by Harper Collins (Australia)

It’s 1789, and as the new colony in Sydney Cove is established, Surgeon John White defies convention and adopts Nanberry, an Aboriginal boy, to raise as his son. Nanberry is clever and uses his unique gifts as an interpreter to bridge the two worlds he lives in. With his white brother, Andrew, he witnesses the struggles of the colonists to keep their precarious grip on a hostile wilderness. And yet he is haunted by the memories of the Cadigal warriors who will one day come to claim him as one of their own. This true story follows the brothers as they make their way in the world – one as a sailor, serving in the Royal Navy, the other a hero of the Battle of Waterloo. No less incredible is the enduring love between the gentleman surgeon and the convict girl, saved from the death penalty, to become a great lady in her own right.

More here => http://bit.ly/prePHW or at Amazon (kindle) http://amzn.to/olnfHe

Sep 062011
 

Lionsgate has just rolled out the second phase in its new viral campaign for the upcoming film, The Hunger Games.

The studio launched the first teaser trailer for the film — which is based on a trilogy of books — at the MTV VMAs on Sunday. At the end of the trailer was a hashtag: #whatsmydistrict. This hashtag led intrepid Twitter users on a chase to find a hidden website. More here => http://on.mash.to/n3c5TT

More about the book and the exciting movie poster here => http://bit.ly/n0MdUE

Aug 302011
 

Moo!

Matthew Van Fleet

EAN:978-0857073181
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Published in: United Kingdom
Published: September 2011

Discover all the fun of the farm with this great new novelty book from Matthew Van Fleet. Following in the same photographic style as bestselling titles, Cat and Dog, this title will include pull-tabs, gatefolds and touch-and-feel elements.

Best price for Australians

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Aug 142011
 

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

EAN:978-0439023528
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published in: Unknown
Published: July 2010
Series: The Hunger Games trilogy

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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Aug 072011
 

The Lost Hero

Rick Riordan

EAN:978-1423113393
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Published in: United States, October 2010
Published: October 2010

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.

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Aug 042011
 

Let’s Go, Baby-o!

Janet McLean

EAN:978-1742375649
Format: Hardback
Published by: Allen and Unwin
Published: 1 March 2012

Let’s Go, Baby-o! You and me! To the up, to the down and the turn around, to the wibble and the wobble, and the flip, flop hop. Then twist, twirl, whirrrl…When sleep-time is over, a little boy and his friend play action games, but in between they stop to look out the window. What do they see? Grandparents are digging in the garden, children are building a cubby house, the cat has her eye on the baby birds and the dogs have their eyes on the cat! Let’s Go, Baby-o! is a fun-filled story for parents, grandparents, teachers and childcare educators to share with babies and young children. This book shows that learning language and playing games go together and will encourage the conversations between children and adults that are so important for children’s development.

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