Book Week Term 3 Week 7
23rd-27th August 2021
CBCA Shortlisted Books 2021
Younger Readers - Chapter books
The Stolen Prince of Cloud Burst by Jaclyn Moriarty. This book is fantastic! And even better it is part of a series! Whimsical, sweet, adventurous and positive messages scattered throughout. An absolute joy to read. Although it is Bk3 in a series it stands alone with different characters & events so it does not need to be read in order.
Esther is a wonderful character. She is brave, smart & kind. I enjoyed her point of view all through the story she had to tell. This book is fantasy genre with sprites, faeries, ogres, fiends and magical beings.
It's humorous & whimsical & transports you to this world. She also sensitively deals with some big issues like bullying and not the classic evil/mean bully, but a more subtle subversive bully. Great for ages 10-13. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. LOVED IT!!
Aster's Good Right Things by Kate Gordon. Kate Gordon’s latest book is a beautiful story about anxiety and depression, told through the eyes of Aster, who has anxiety, and Xavier, who struggles with anxiety and depression, and is home schooled. Aster has been doing her good, right things – if she does, maybe her mum will come back.
I fell in love with Aster, and wanted to hug her, Xavier and Indigo. I wanted to reach into the book and help them, to be there for them. Aster’s Good, Right Things is a beautiful book, and is one that will be treasured and will become a useful resource to talk with children about mental health, family break up and foster caring in a safe and secure way.
A lovely book for readers aged nine and older, for adults, for schools, and to share with all kids to help them through tough times.
Great for ages 9 & up. I give it 3 out of 5 stars
We are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad. Oh I am a sucker for Historical Fiction and this did not disappoint! This is a book of hope, and one that could be used to teach children the horrors of war, and what children faced. It captures your mind, your heart and your feelings as you flee with the Wolf children into the biting snow. You feel like you are in their Winter, admist the snow and ice, and amongst the devastation surrounding the characters. It is a powerful novel that will stay with you long after you finish it. And it breaks your heart knowing that it is based on a true story. Suit ages 10-14. I give it 5 out of 5 stars
The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting. This book hooks you in and keeps you spinning. I just couldn't put it down until I learnt the truth! This is an intriguing look at lies and truth, a powerful book about a young girl finding out about her adoption. But that;s not even half of the secret.... Highly recommended for ages 10+ with a gripping mystery at its core. Readers will find it difficult to put it down. Suit ages 10+ I give it 4 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Worse Things by Sally Murphy. This is a really quick read as it is written in verse. It has 3 main characters who are each struggling in their own way with the feeling of alienation in their life. Loneliness and isolation are the big themes in this book. I loved the voice and style of it, the verse gave the entire book an aching loneliness, so you really feel for the characters and their situation. I also like how it is a gentle nudge for kids to remember to reach out, to try again, to look for the lonesome ones in their school or surroundings and to think about others. I scored this 2 stars out of 5. Only due to its lack of substance compared to other books in this category. Suit ages 9+ I give it 2 out of 5 stars
Bindi by Kirli Saunders It's easy to see why Kirli's Saunders debut Childrens novel 'Bindi' is winning awards nationally. Another book written in verse which just adds to its beauty of poetic language.In this tale we follow 11-year old, Indigenous girl and her perspective of the 2020 bushfires that effected her town. Bindi in a story about community, culture, childhood and caring for the environment all on Gundungurra Country, NSW. I'd encourage this book to all kids especially who are looking for stories with emotional depth and who love art and animals. Suit ages 7+ I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Mrs Philpott is CURRENTLY READING
Dry to Dry the Kakadu Seasons
by Pamela Freeman