RSO April 2020

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for April 2020.

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Bob Goes Pop – Marion Deuchars (ages 3+ – art, rivalry, friendship, collaboration)

Landing with Wings – Trace Balla (7+ – family, Australian rural life, Indigenous culture, community, relocation, Teacher Notes)

Respect – Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson; illus. Lisa Kennedy (3+ Aboriginal Australians – Social Life and Customs, Respect, Family, Elders, Ancestors, Country, Stories and song Teacher Notes)

Your Birthday Was the Best – Maggie Hutchings; illus. Felicita Sala (3+ – humour, cockroaches, animal point of view, birthday celebrations)

Primary Fiction

Evernight – Ross Mackenzie (10+ dark magic, mystery, orphans, underground sewers, treasure, adventure, witches)

Fire Boy – J.M. Joseph (9+ – friendship, unexpected superpowers, magical sweets, Inca legends, cats)

Scary Mary and the Stripe Spell (#1 Monty’s Island) by Emily Rodda; illus. Lucinda Gifford (6+ – adventure, fantasy, pirates, magic, deserted islands, friendships and treasure, Teacher Notes)

Small Mercies – Bridget Krone (9+ – South Africa, non-nuclear family structure, injustice, elderly, Gandhi, passive resistance)

Middle School Fiction

Orion Lost – Alastair Chisholm (10+ – adventure, science fiction, space pirates, alien species, artificial intelligence, danger)

The Book of Chance – Sue Whiting (11+ family, secrets, friendships, diversity, grief and loss, identity, Teacher Notes)

The January Stars – Kate Constable (12+ family, intergenerational relationships, siblings, magical realism, astronomy, identity, Teacher Notes)

Wink – Rob Harrell (10+ cancer, friendship, eye disease, online bullying, resilience, courage, humour, Teacher Notes)

Secondary Fiction

Deep Water – Sarah Epstein (15+ Australian contemporary, crime, mystery, missing teenager, small town, secrets, dysfunctional abusive families, betrayal, swearing, Teacher Notes)

How to Grow a Family Tree – Eliza Henry Jones (15+ Australian contemporary, family, identity, gambling addiction, trauma, friendship, mental health, adoption, love, coming of age, mild swearing, Teacher Notes)

The Gravity of Us – Phil Stamper (15+- family, identity, LGBTQ, romance, identity, space travel, journalism, media representation, social media, mystery, grief and loss, friendship)

The Sword and the Dagger – Robert Cochrane (15+ – historical, The Crusades, war, friendship, grief and loss, betrayal, political intrigue, loyalty, feminism, diverse representations, violence and death)

Adult Fiction

Sheerwater – Leah Swann

The Glass Hotel – Emily St John Mandel

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Evernight – Ross Mackenzie (10+ dark magic, mystery, orphans, underground sewers, treasure, adventure, witches)

Fire Boy – J.M. Joseph (9+ – friendship, unexpected superpowers, magical sweets, Inca legends, cats)

Sticky Pines – The Bigwoof Conspiracy – Dashe Roberts (9+ mystery UFO-obsession, friendship, secrets, mystery)

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom – Louis Sachar (9+ humour, school stories, quirky characters)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Cloudburst: A Jack Courtney Adventure – Wilbur Smith (12+ Africa, bandits, mercenaries, animal and habitat conservation, hostile tribes, death, gun violence, animal cruelty, adventure, corruption)

Orion Lost – Alastair Chisholm (10+ – adventure, science fiction, space pirates, alien species, artificial intelligence, danger)

Robin Hood: Hacking, Heists and Flaming Arrows – Robert Muchamore (11+ – contemporary retelling, some violence, corruption and greed, social injustice, hacking and coding)

Wink – Rob Harrell (10+ cancer, friendship, eye disease, online bullying, resilience, courage, humour, Teacher Notes)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Confessions about Colton – Olivia Harvard (15+ thriller, mystery, murder, scavenger hunt, unreliable narrator)

Deep Water – Sarah Epstein (15+ Australian contemporary, crime, mystery, missing teenager, small town, secrets, dysfunctional abusive families, betrayal, swearing, Teacher Notes)

The Gravity of Us – Phil Stamper ((15+- family, identity, LGBTQ, romance, identity, space travel, journalism, media representation, social media, mystery, grief and loss, friendship)

The Sword and the Dagger – Robert Cochrane (15+ – historical, The Crusades, war, friendship, grief and loss, betrayal, political intrigue, loyalty, feminism, diverse representations, violence and death)

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