RSO April 2021

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for April 2021.

We are delighted to bring to you a great selection of titles.

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

And… – Philippe Jalbert (3+ escalating events, cautionary tale, humour, bright illustrations, suspense)

Don’t Forget – Jane Godwin; illus. Anna Walker (5+ hope, empathy, dreams, nature, families, friendships, community, memories, Teacher Notes)

Move That Mountain – Kat & Jol Temple; illus. Terri Rose Baynton (3+ kindness, problem solving, empathy, compassion, teamwork, resilience)

The Katha Chest – Radhiah Chowdhury; illust. Lavanya Naidu (3+ tradition, family, community, love, culture, memory Teacher Notes)

Primary Fiction

A Girl Called Joy – Jenny Valentine (9+ life changes and transition, environmental protection, friendship, civic rights, resilience, courage, adaptation, family)

Fozia and the Quest of Prince Zal – Rosanne Hawk (9+ Pakistan floods 2010, hope, love, courage, family, aid, resilience, Teacher Notes)

Paws – Kate Foster (9+ autism, acceptance, animals, friendship, school, family, siblings, Book Club Notes)

Uma and the Answer to Absolutely Everything (#1) – Sam Copeland (9+ humour, artificial intelligence, mystery, suspense, adventure, friendship, inventors)


Middle School Fiction

Holocaust – Hugh Dolan (11+ WWII, Jews in Europe, Nazism, persecution, concentration camps, escape, modern Australia, fear, resilience, compassion and hope)

Huda and Me – H. Hayek (10+ adventure, humour, identity, Lebanese culture, religion vs culture, what it means to be Australian, being Muslim in Australia, media bias and stereotypes, racism, siblings, travel, babysitters, Teacher Notes)

The Puzzling Pearls #1 Plum and Woo – Lisa Siberry (10+ fashion mystery, blended families, holiday adventure, stolen goods, sibling relationships)

You’ve Let Them In – Lois Murphy (11+ creepy house, moving houses, magic, ancient mystery and curses, siblings, family dynamics, humour)

Secondary Fiction

A Pho Love Story – Loan Le (15+ romance, dual narrators, families, diversity, US-Vietnamese immigrants, rival restaurants, secrets, art, journalism, some swearing, friendships)

Sunburnt Veils – Sara Haghdoosti (14+ Islamaphobia, first year University, change, romance, cultural diversity, student activism, prejudice, bomb threats, physical violence, humour)

The Outlaws Scarlet and Browne – Jonathan Stroud (15+ adventure, futuristic, survival, crime, power and impact of religion, friendships, telepathy and other powers, start of a series, death and violence, travel, opposite characters, dual narrative)

When We Are Invisible (15+ post-apocalyptic, survival, courage and resilience, community living, feminist, power and control, some violence, off page reference to sexual assault, grief and loss, compassion and acceptance, second book in a duology, established couple, siblings, Teacher Notes)

Adult Fiction

A Million Things – Emily Spurr

Love Objects – Emily Maguire

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Paws – Kate Foster (9+ autism, acceptance, animals, friendship, school, family, siblings, Book Club Notes)

Uma and the Answer to Absolutely Everything (#1) – Sam Copeland (9+ humour, artificial intelligence, mystery, suspense, adventure, friendship, inventors)

Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories – Jeff Kinney (7+ scary stories, zombies, vampires, ghosts, humour)

The Boy Who Met a Whale – Nizrana Farook (10+ Sri Lanka, cultural diversity, animals, adventure, action, shipwrecks, pirates, treasure)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Holocaust – Hugh Dolan (11+ WWII, Jews in Europe, Nazism, persecution, concentration camps, escape, modern Australia, fear, resilience, compassion and hope)

Huda and Me – H. Hayek (10+ adventure, humour, identity, Lebanese culture, religion vs culture, what it means to be Australian, being Muslim in Australia, media bias and stereotypes, racism, siblings, travel, babysitters, Teacher Notes)

You’ve Let Them In – Lois Murphy (11+ creepy house, moving houses, magic, ancient mystery and curses, siblings, family dynamics, humour)

Thunderbolt (A Jack Courtney Adventure #2) – Wilbur Smith with Chris Wakling (2nd in series, standalone story, adventure, treasure, environmental protections, abduction, ransom, Somali pirates, boy soldiers, military training camps, mild violence)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Being Black ‘n Chicken, and Chips Younger Reader Edition – Matt Okine (15+ bi-racial family, racism, cancer, grief, anger, coming of age, humour, identity)

The Outlaws Scarlet and Browne – Jonathan Stroud (15+ adventure, futuristic, survival, crime, power and impact of religion, friendships, telepathy and other powers, start of a series, death and violence, travel, opposite characters, dual narrative)

Off the Map – Scot Garner (15+ short stories, small towns, masculinities, rivalries, parents’ secrets, some inter-connecting stories, some swearing, some violence, some sexual references, death and the nature of life, homelessness, outdoor camps, Teacher Notes)

The True Colour of a White Lie – Gabriel Bergmoser (15+ Male protagonist, friendships, coming-of-age, identity, bullying, growing up, love triangle, secrets, humour, absent parents, mention of porn, snowboarding and skiing

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