Refuge by Jackie French

     Many dreams, one land.

When a boat carrying a group of asylum seekers is sunk by a freak wave, Faris wakes from the shipwreck in an Australia he has always dreamed of.  On a nearby beach, Faris meets a group of young people who have come from far different times and places. 

They are also seeking refuge, and each has their own story of why they had to leave their country to make a new life for themselves.  It is onlly when Faris chooses to return to ‘real life’ and find his father in australia that he learns the extraordinary truth about the friends he made on the golden beach….

A timely look at coming to Australia from the perspective of a refuge.

 

Dare you by Sue Lawson

     When does a dare stop being a game?

Ruby, Khaden and Sas have been best friends forever, but they are not kids anymore.   Life has become complicated and it is testing the boundaries of their friendship.  Despite the warning signs, their childish games spiral out of control, threatening to unravel the world as they know it.

And this time somebody will lose.

The second forever by Colin Thompson

             Save the world – but live forever.

Peter and Festival have a terrifying chioce to make ….

When Peter and his friend Festival destroyed the book called HOW TO LIVE FOREVER, so it could no longer work its spell, they did not know it would have disastrous consequences.  Now, Peter’s world is in the worse drought ever – and Festival’s world, inside the museum, is drowning.  The only solution is to re-create the book.  Can they reverse the water flow?  And if they re-create the evil book, can they hid it so it can never be read again? …….

Pan’s whisper by Sue Lawson

When you are fighting to forget, what would make you remember???

Pan Harper is brash, loud and damaged.  Ordered into foster care, Pan is full of anger at her mother and older sister and is certain that she knows the reality of her past – until she meets Hunter.   But is Hunter worth Pan breaking her most important rule?

  NEVER. TRUST. ANYONE.

New Paul Jennings title – THE NEST

Part horror, part mystery, part thriller but also a story with heart and depth.  The story is contemporary, set in the Victorian alps in winter, on the slopes and in the forest. 

Sixteen year old Robin lives alone in a hut in the alps with his father, a crude and deeply unpleasant man.  Robin is terrified by his own internal demons, which frequently urge him to kill his father.

Robin is also in love with a girl Charlie, who has a kind heart and strong social conscience, but he feats he is not good enough for her, and Robin’s loathing for his father is preventing him from feeling normal around people.

Crow country by Kate Constable

A gripping time-slip mystery.

At first, Sadie is lonely when her mother drags her from the city to live in a country town.  But soon she starts making connections – with the country; with the past; with two boys, Lachie and Walter; and with the ever-present crows.  When Sadie is tumbled back in time to view a terrible crime. she becomes tangled in a strange mystery.  Can she, Walter and Lachie figure out a way to right old wrongs, or will they be condemned to repeat them?

The midnight zoo by Sonya Hartnett

Under cover of darkness, two brothers cross a war-ravaged countryside carrying a secret bundle.  One night they stumble across a deserted town reduced to smouldering ruins.  But at the end of a blackened street they find a small green miracle:  a zoo filled with animals in need of hope.

A moving and ageless tale about war and freedom.