RSO June 2020

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for June 2020.

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Henry Turnip – Chloe Jasmine Harris (3+ – acceptance, friendship, being yourself, self-appreciation, confidence, bravery)

I’m Sticking With You – Smriti Halls; illus. Steve Small (3+ friendship, belonging, kindness, personal space)

Tell ’em! – Katrina Germein, Rosemary Sullivan with the children from Manyallaluk School; illus. Karen Briggs (3+ community, Indigenous Australians, friendship, cultural diversity Teacher Notes)

The Giant and the Sea – Trent Jamieson; illus. Rovina Cai (5+ climate change, alienation, industrialism, freedom of speech, individual’s power, Teacher’s Notes)

Primary Fiction

Agent Zaiba Investigates: the Missing Diamonds – Annabelle Sami; illus. Daniela Sosa (8+ – detective, cultural diversity, humour, first in series, mystery of missing animal)

The Pearl in the Ice – Cathryn Constable (9+ – historical, determined heroine, stowaway, danger, espionage, superstition, set at sea)

The Power of Positive Pranking – Nat Amoore (8+ families, friendships, acceptance, grief, pranks, determination, giving something your best effort)

The Theory of Hummingbirds – Michelle Kadarusman (9+ friends, disability, exclusion, sports, hummingbirds, science, black holes, librarians, Resource Guide)

Middle School Fiction

Clementine & Rudy – Siobhan Curham (12+ friendships, street art, slam poetry and writing, feminism, dysfunctional families, socio-economic differences, romance, travel)

The Schoolmaster’s Daughter – Jackie French (12+ colonial Australian history, Pacific Islanders, education, equality, feminism, racism, slavery)

Where the World Turns Wild – Nicola Penfold (11+ family, love, loyalty, courage, post-apocalyptic, viruses, disease, survival, authoritarian government, conspiracy)

Wonderscape – Jennifer Bell (11+ fantasy, friendships, quests, identity, historical figures, loyalty, time slip, time travel, adventure, action, danger, suspense, role playing games, Teacher Notes)

Secondary Fiction

Again, Again – E. Lockhart (15+ human connection, forgiveness, family bonds, romance, art, self-discovery, multiple possibilities, sexual and drug references)

Love From A to Z – S.K. Ali (15+ travel, romance, friendships, family, identity, racism, family, diverse characters, living with MS, Islamophobia, discrimination)

On Midnight Beach – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (15+ coming of age, historical, set in Ireland, dolphin, beachside communities, community divisions, romance, rivalry, some violence, mild sexual references)

The End of the World is Bigger Than Love – Davina Bell (15+ magical realism, metaphor, global pandemic, near future, twins, isolation, trauma, loneliness, jealousy, power and control, unreliable narrator)

Adult Fiction

Diary of a Young Naturalist – Dara McAnulty

Mammoth – Chris Flynn

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio’s Journal – Rick Riordan (9+ companion guide to The Trials of Apollo, adventure, ancient secrets, crime and mystery)

Jake Atlas and the Keys to the Apocalypse – Rob Lloyd Jones (9+ adventure, Rome, secret history, family, conflict, next in series)

The Power of Positive Pranking – Nat Amoore (8+ families, friendships, acceptance, grief, pranks, determination, giving something your best effort)

The Young Magicians and the 24-Hour Telepathy Plot – Nick Mohammed (9+ magicians, mystery, crime, friendship, next in series)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Monstrous Devices – Damian Love (11+ steampunk, robots, grandfathers, action, spies, mystery, secrets, travel, adventure, mild violence)

The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley – Amber Lee Dodd (10+ homelessness, curses, magical realism, sibling relationships, determination, love, Resource Guide)

Where the World Turns Wild – Nicola Penfold (11+ family, love, loyalty, courage, post-apocalyptic, viruses, disease, survival, authoritarian government, conspiracy)

Wonderscape – Jennifer Bell (11+ fantasy, friendships, quests, identity, historical figures, loyalty, time slip, time travel, adventure, action, danger, suspense, role playing games, Teacher Notes)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Earth to Charlie – Justin Olson – (15+ grief & loss, bullying, obsessions with aliens, mental health issues, lgbt+ themes, identity, coming-of-age, friendships, loneliness, father-son relationships, reference to over-drinking habits, references to and on-page descriptions of the hospitalisation of an obese character)

Roadtripped – Pete Hautman – (15+ road trips, identity, coming-of-age, ghosting by an ex-girlfriend, grief & loss, reference to stalking behaviours, reference to suicide by a parent, selfish behaviours, mc displaying privilege, reference to drug taking, and underage drinking)

Snowflake, AZ – Marcus Sedgwick (15+ alternate lifestyle, illness, outliers, reclusive communities, off-the-grid living, poisonous physical reactions to modern world chemicals, cult-like community, returning to organic and natural life, challenging societal assumptions and expectations, identity, family, grief & loss)

On Midnight Beach – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (15+ coming of age, historical, set in Ireland, dolphin, beachside communities, community divisions, father-daughter relationships, societal expectations of 1970s, romance, rivalry, some violence, sexual references)

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