RSO March 2021

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for March 2021.

We are delighted to bring to you a great selection of titles for our first 2021 RSO packs.

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Hello and Welcome – Gregg Dreise (4+ Indigenous studies, inclusion, culture, harmony, school, language, Activity Pack)

The Bird in the Herd – Kathryn Apel; illus. Renee Treml (3+ rhyming text, language, animals)

Maybe – Chris Haughton (4+ imagination, peer behaviour, humour, Teacher Notes)

The March of the Ants – Ursula Dubosarsky; illus. Tohby Riddle (4+ teamwork, importance of books, roles, insects, Read with Ursula)

Primary Fiction

Six Seconds – Alan Sunderland (10+ Australian history, earthquakes, family relationships, bravery, change, anxiety, 1980s)

Stunt Kid Seriously Stacks It – Jack Heath (9+ humour, father and son relationship, TV game shows, stunts)

The Golden Tower – Belinda Murrell (10+ magic, mystery, fantasy, parallel worlds, time travel, dyslexic character, Teacher Notes)

The Perfect Parent Project – Stewart Foster (9+ foster parent/child relationship, belonging, yearning, isolation, family, adoption, humour, friendship)


Middle School Fiction

Skywake Invasion #1 – Jamie Russell (12+ sexism, computing gaming, siblings, technology, sci fi, action, adventure, teamwork, grief & loss, aliens, military, strategy games, cliff-hanger ending, first in a series, some violence)

The Edge of Thirteen – Nova Weetman (11+ continuing series, established characters, coming of age, changing identity, friendships, trust, acceptance, belonging, puberty, camping, family, social media, Teacher Notes)

The Short Knife – Elen Caldecott (12+ historical, Ancient Britons, siblings, violence and death, role of women & girls, flashback structure, pregnancy, invasions, finding a home, belonging, identity, languages, cultural development)

The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel – Nicki Greenberg (ocean travel, mystery “whodunnit”, 1920s, jewellery theft, societal expectations, social classes, history, Teacher Notes)

Secondary Fiction

The Gaps – Leanne Hall (14+ abduction, survivors, high school, evil, art, discrimination, fitting in, grief and loss, stereotypes, friendship, Teacher Notes)

Perfect on Paper (14+ bisexual characters, high school gossip, advice column, humour, transgender character, LBTQI themes, romance, exchange student)

Violet Black – Eileen Merriman (15+ post-pandemic world, futuristic, survivors, New Zealand setting, telepathy, reference to other paranormal powers, experimenting on people, romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, action, some violence, grief and loss, death of a major character by the end, first in a series, open ending, spies and spying, espionage, virtual reality, sci fi)

Waking Romeo – Kathryn Barker (14+ time travel, set in the future, intertextual mash up of Rome and Juliet and Wuthering Heights, fate, love, family dynamics, climate change, greed and romance, Teacher Notes)

Adult Fiction

Ash Mountain – Helen FitzGerald

From Where I Fell – Susan Johnson

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Six Seconds – Alan Sunderland (10+ Australian history, earthquakes, family relationships, bravery, change, anxiety, 1980s)

Stunt Kid Seriously Stacks It – Jack Heath (9+ humour, father and son relationship, TV game shows, stunts)

The Perfect Parent Project – Stewart Foster (9+ foster parent/child relationship, belonging, yearning, isolation, family, adoption, humour, friendship)

Space Detectives – Mark Powers; illus. Dapo Adeola (9+ action, humour, adventure, mystery, crime, space setting)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Skywake Invasion #1 – Jamie Russell (12+ sexism, computing gaming, siblings, technology, sci fi, action, adventure, teamwork, grief & loss, aliens, military, strategy games, cliff-hanger ending, first in a series, some violence)

The Short Knife – Elen Caldecott (12+ historical, Ancient Britons, siblings, violence and death, role of women & girls, flashback structure, pregnancy, invasions, finding a home, belonging, identity, languages, cultural development)

The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel – Nicki Greenberg (ocean travel, mystery “whodunnit”, 1920s, jewellery theft, societal expectations, social classes, history, Teacher Notes)

Enchanter’s Child, Book One: Twilight Hauntings (#1) – Angie Sage (10+ Enchanted cards, fantasy, oracles, illegal enchantments, magical kingdoms, heroism, bravery)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Violet Black – Eileen Merriman (15+ post-pandemic world, futuristic, survivors, New Zealand setting, telepathy, reference to other paranormal powers, experimenting on people, romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, action, some violence, grief and loss, death of a major character by the end, first in a series, open ending, spies and spying, espionage, virtual reality, sci fi)

The Cost of Knowing – Brittany Morris (15+ family, grief & loss, diversity, siblings, African-Americans, seeing the future and the past, Black Lives Matter, shootings, Hip hop music, protest songs, police surveillance, trauma, hopeful ending)

Harmony – Richard Yaxley (15+ intergeneration stories, multiple narrators, different time periods, war, families, secrets, grief & loss, identity, coming of age, belonging, sense of place and home, connections, some swearing, death, romance, non-graphic sexual references)

Tell Me Why for Young Adults – Archie Roach (14+ memoir, Indigenous characters, music, stolen generation, self-discovery, family, love, alcoholism and substance abuse, resilience, strength and hope, Teacher Notes)

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