RSO March 2020

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for March 2020.

We are delighted to bring to you a great selection of titles for our March RSO packs.

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Anisa’s Alphabet – Mike Dumbleton; illus. Hannah Sommerville (ages 5+ – refugees, freedom, hope, families, survival, Teacher’s Notes)

Dear Earth – Isabel Otter; illus. Clara Ananuzzi (ages 3+ – animals, the Earth, letter writing, environment)

Little Ned – Michael Wagner; illus. Adam Carruthers (ages 3+ – being too careful, taking risks, anxiety, humour)

The Lost Moustache -Vikki Conley; illus. Caterina Metti (ages 5+ – creativity, imagination, curiosity, theatre, joy of dressing up, fun, Trailer)

Primary Fiction

Orphans of the Tide – Struan Murray (ages 9+ – friendship, siblings, loss, courage, fantasy, adventure)

The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes – the Crumbling Castle – Brenda Gurr; illus. Nancy Leschnikoff (ages 8+ – creativity, humour, baking, secrets)

The Republic of Birds – Jessica Miller (ages 9+ – Russian Folklore; siblings, magic, fantasy, adventure. Teacher notes)

The Unstoppable Letty Pegg – Iszi Lawrence (ages 8+ – historical adventure, Jiu Jitsu, roller skating, suffragettes)

Middle School Fiction

Dragon Pearl – Yoon Ha Lee (ages 11+ – Korean Folklore, grief & loss, spirits, ghosts, supernatural themes, magical elements)

In the Key of Code – Aimee Lucido (ages 11+ – Verse novel, friendship, bullying, teacher facing cancer, family, music, coding)

Red Day – Sandy Fussell (ages 10+ – family, friendship, history, World War II, Australia’s involvement, internment of the Japanese, student exchanges, healing, forgiveness, synaesthesia, time travel. Teacher’s notes)

The Winterborne House for Vengeance and Valour – Ally Carter (ages 11+ – Orphans, absent &/or deceased parents, mystery, friendships, mild violence)

Secondary Fiction

Break the Fall – Jennifer Locapelli (ages 15+ – Reference to grooming behaviours and sexual abuse (off page), #metoo movement, drug test fraud, friendship, romance, ethnic diversity, satisfying and triumphant resolution)

Butterfly Yellow – Thanhha Lai (ages 14+ – courage, redemption, friendship, family and new beginnings)

Only Mostly Devastated – Sophie Gonzales (ages 15+ – gay (male) romance, closeted character, friendship, grief and loss)

A Trio of Sophies – Eileen Merriman (ages 16+ – mystery, friendship, obsession, lies, unreliable narration, inappropriate student-teacher relationships, sexual references, underage drinking)

Adult Fiction

Greenwood – Michael Christie

The River Home – Hannah Richell

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Frankie Fish and the Wild Wild Mess – Peter Helliar (ages 8+ – Wild West, time travel, magic suitcase, humour, gold rush fever)

Haywire: The Dunera Boys (#2 Australia’s Second World War) – Claire Saxby (ages 10+ – empathy, friendship, family, internment of Germans, and the impact of war of community)

Orphans of the Tide – Struan Murray (ages 9+ – friendship, siblings, loss, courage, fantasy, adventure)

The Monster in the Lake – Louie Stowell; illus. David Ortu (ages 7+ – wizards, adventure, talking animals, humour, friendship)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Dragon Pearl – Yoon Ha Lee (ages 11+ – Korean Folklore, grief & loss, spirits, ghosts, supernatural themes, magical elements)

Game On – George Ivanoff (ages 11+ – computer games, identity, reality, freedom, free will, fantasy, science fiction. Teacher’s Notes)

Red Day – Sandy Fussell (ages 10+ – family, friendship, history, World War II, Australia’s involvement, internment of the Japanese, student exchanges, healing, forgiveness, synaesthesia, time travel. Teacher’s notes)

The Winterborne House for Vengeance and Valour – Ally Carter (ages 11+ – Orphans, absent &/or deceased parents, mystery, friendships, mild violence)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

The Between – David Hofmeyr (ages 14+ – science fiction, parallel universe, abduction, other worldly creatures, action, diverse characters and ethnicities)

Grief Angels – David Owen (ages 15+ – Grief (deceased abusive father), depression, sexual references, male friendship, exploration of masculinity, swearing and drinking, magical realism element)

The Justice Project – Michael Betcherman (ages 15+ – chronic pain, depressions, stories of injustice, racism, closeted lesbian, friendship, romance)

Winter in Wartime – Jan Terlouw (ages 14+ – World War II in Netherlands, refugees, the Resistance, betrayal, courage, loss of childhood and family, devastation of war, bravery)

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