RSO October 2020

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for October 2020.

We are delighted to bring to you a great selection of titles for our final 2020 RSO packs.

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

How to Make a Bird – Meg McKinlay; illus. Matt Ottley (5+ creation, life, imagery, allegory, flight, letting go, Teacher Notes)

Took the Children Away – Archie Roach; illus. Ruby Hunter (4+ Indigenous, Stolen Generations, Australian history, dislocation, survival, renewal)

What We’ll Build: Plans for our Together Future – Oliver Jeffers (3+ father, daughter, families, memories, hope, dreams, home, imagination, opportunity, life)

Windows – Patrick Guest; illus. Jonathan Bentley (3+ imagination, observation, neighbours, communities, and families, love, hope, isolation, 2020, Teacher Notes).

Primary Fiction

Bindi – Kirli Saunders; illus. Dub Leffler – (8+ family, climate, bush fires, healing, Indigenous, Gundungurra Country, school, verse novel)

Fly on the Wall – Remy Lai (8+ graphic novel, bullying, anxiety, family, lies, belonging, Teacher Notes)

The Beast and the Bethany – Jack Meggitt Phillips (7+ beasts, orphans, imagination, greed, magic)

Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus – Steven Herrick (8+ friendship, sustainability, action, fathers, humour, poetry, bike riding, safety, Teacher Notes)

Middle School Fiction

Catch Me If I Fall – Barry Jonsberg (11+ family, climate change, technology, artificial intelligence, Teacher Notes from 1st November)

Horse Boy – Tanya Landman (11+ historical, pre-history, nomadic life, coming of age, survival, friendship, grief, animals, envy, inevitable change, tribal life, superstition, seasons, trust)

Splinters of Scarlet – Emily Bain Murphy (12+ historical, Danish Culture, orphans, mystery, friendship, grief and loss, family, magic, secrets, identity, flashbacks)

When Secrets Set Sail (10+ refugees, adopted children, sisterhood, grief and loss, ghosts, quests, friendships, secrets, family, resolving past conflicts, magic realism, community)

Secondary Fiction

Before the Beginning – Anna Morgan (15+ identity, coming of age, faith, siblings, friendships, schoolies week, lgbt, anxiety, panic attacks, secrets, romance, art, mysterious girl, ghosts, mythical creatures, mystery, multiple narrators)

Future Girl – Asphyxia (14+ Deafness: oral communication and signed communication, Deaf community, discrimination, experience of deafness. Sustainability: peak oil, food growing, resilience, danger of dominance by big corporations. Definition of ‘success’ in work/life pathways – finding meaningful work. Art journaling and expression through art, Teacher Notes)

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix (14+ fantasy, adventure, power, quests, magic, myths and legends, destiny, London, history, good vs evil, Teacher Notes)

This One is Ours – Kate O’Donnell (14+ travel, Paris, French culture, art, exchange students, friendships, romance, activism, social awareness, protests, climate change, hope for the future

Adult Fiction

All Our Shimmering Skies – Trent Dalton

Honeybee – Craig Silvey

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Dragon Mountain – Katie & Kevin Tsang (9+ China, friendship, dragon warriors, dragon realm, adventure)

Fly on the Wall – Remy Lai (8+ graphic novel, bullying, anxiety, family, lies, belonging, Teacher Notes)

The Tunnel of Dreams – Bernard Beckett (9+ parallel worlds, courage, loyalty, friendship, family, Teacher Notes)

Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus – Steven Herrick (8+ friendship, sustainability, action, fathers, humour, poetry, bike riding, safety, Teacher Notes)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Catch Me If I Fall – Barry Jonsberg (11+ family, climate change, technology, artificial intelligence, Teacher Notes from 1st November)

Horse Boy – Tanya Landman (11+ historical, pre-history, nomadic life, coming of age, survival, friendship, grief, animals, envy, inevitable change, tribal life, superstition, seasons, trust)

Red Stars – Davide Morosinotto, translated by Denise Muir (11+ Soviet Union history, spies, espionage, danger, evacuation, separation from parents, World War II, adventure, siblings, separation, maps, diary entries, mixed media)

Treasures of the Deep – More Tales of the Ship Kings – Andrew McGahan (11+ collection of stories, stand alone, tall ships, sea, Ship Kings, adventure, ancient curses and grudges, fantasy, not available in print before)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Dangerous Games – James Butler (15+ growing up, identity, sibling rivalries, male friendships, criminal behaviour, Ireland, football (soccer), strategy games, morality and ethics, grief and loss, some swearing, some bullying, suspense, thriller)

Even If We Break – Marieke Nijkamp (15+ mystery, thriller, suspense, survival, secrets, betrayal, friendships, romance, cabin in the woods, role playing, fantasy world building, costumes, lgbt, multiple (unreliable) narrators, twisty, murders, some graphic violence, some swearing, autistic character, drug addiction, flashbacks)

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London – Garth Nix (14+ fantasy, adventure, power, quests, magic, myths and legends, destiny, London, history, good vs evil, Teacher Notes)

This Boy – Lauren Myracle (15+ growing up, identity, coming of age, male friendships, romance, grief and loss, drug addiction, family, underage drinking and drug taking, some sexual content, swearing, hopeful resolution

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