RSO August 2020

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for August 2020.

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me – Maggie Hutchings; illus. Evie Barrow (5+ homelessness, community, connection, kindness, friendship)

Lift – Minh Lê; illus. Dan Santat (4+ family, sibling rivalry, imagination, magic, journeys, Author, Illustrator Interview)

Small Town – Phillip Gwynne; illus. Tony Flowers (4+ social issues, regional communities, refugees, sport, basketball, community)

What Do You Call Your Grandpa? – Ashleigh Barton; illus Martina Heiduczek (4+ multi-generational families, language, relationships)

Primary Fiction

A Clue for Clara – Lian Tanner (8+ humour, detective story, animal story, bullying, grief, death of a parent)

Return to Roar – Jenny McLachlan (9+ magic, illustrated fantasy, sequel, siblings, twins, adventure, dragons, mermaids, unicorns, ninja wizards)

Sunflower – Ingrid Laguna (8+ friendship, seeking asylum, making new friends, adaptation, fear, anxiety, belonging, Teacher’s Notes)

The Wild Way Home – Sophie Kirtley (9+ Stone-Age adventure, friendship, courage, bravery, confronting fears, family, belonging)

Middle School Fiction

Across the Risen Sea – Bren MacDibble (11+ adventure, courage, environment, resilience, loyalty, tension, suspense, climate change, Teacher Notes)

Small Town Hero – Patrick Neate (12+ grief and loss, dysfunctional family relationships, friendship, diversity, football (soccer), gaming, multiverse, magic realism, growing up, coming of age)

The Rise Of The Remarkables: Brasswitch And Bot – Gareth Ward (11+ steampunk, adventure, gadgets, magic, technology, feisty main character, complex world building)

The Unadoptables – Hana Tooke (11+ orphans, friendship, family, adventure, courage, hardship, identity, mystery)

Secondary Fiction

Five Little Liars – Amanda K. Morgan (15+ suspense, mystery, death of a teacher, prejudice, secrets, five suspects)

The Enigma Game – Elizabeth Wein (15+ historical, war, World War II, bombings, spies, codes and ciphers, mystery, death, grief and loss, suspense, drinking, diversity, feminist themes, lgbt, prequel)

The Erasure Initiative – Lili Wilkinson (15+ mild swearing, experiments on humans, virtual and real death scenes, some violence, psychological mind games, twisty plot turns, secrets, memory wipes, unresolved ending, lesbian relationship)

You Were Made for Me – Jenna Guillaume (13+ Australian contemporary romance, humour, “Frankenstein” theme, coming of age)

Adult Fiction

The Last Migration – Charlotte McConaghy

Utopia Avenue – David Mitchell

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Return to Roar – Jenny McLachlan (9+ magic, illustrated fantasy, sequel, siblings, twins, adventure, dragons, mermaids, unicorns, ninja wizards)

The Boy Who Made the World Disappear – Ben Miller (8+ adventure, magic, black holes, bad behaviour, temper tantrums, science, family, be careful for what you wish for)

The Cut-Throat Cafe – Nicki Thornton (9+ magic, mystery, adventure, talking cats, third in series, magician apprentices)

The Wild Way Home – Sophie Kirtley (9+ Stone-Age adventure, friendship, courage, bravery, confronting fears, family, belonging)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Across the Risen Sea – Bren MacDibble (11+ adventure, courage, environment, resilience, loyalty, tension, suspense, climate change, Teacher Notes)

Small Town Hero – Patrick Neate (12+ grief and loss, dysfunctional family relationships, friendship, diversity, football (soccer), gaming, multiverse, magic realism, growing up, coming of age)

The Rise Of The Remarkables: Brasswitch And Bot – Gareth Ward (11+ steampunk, adventure, gadgets, magic, technology, feisty main character, complex world building)

The Runes of Odin (The Runes Saga I) – Ben Julien (11+ Norse mythology, runes, trolls, violence and bloodshed in battles, prophecy, slavery, first in a trilogy)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Five Little Liars – Amanda K. Morgan (15+ suspense, mystery, death of a teacher, prejudice, secrets, five suspects)

The Erasure Initiative – Lili Wilkinson (15+ mild swearing, experiments on humans, virtual and real death scenes, some violence, psychological mind games, twisty plot turns, secrets, memory wipes, unresolved ending, lesbian relationship)

Tribal Lores – Archimede Fusillo (15+ some swearing and underage drinking, family, grief and loss, weddings, Italian culture, drug references, masculinity, diversity, coming of age, identity, Teacher Notes)

We Are Bound by Stars – Kesia Lupo (15+ fantasy, assassins, political intrigue, magic, plot driven adventure, dual narrative)

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