RSO May 2021

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for May 2021.

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

A Human for Kingsley – Gabriel Evans (4+ friendship, acceptance, fitting in, responsibility, choices, mannerisms, Teacher’s Notes)

Bear and Rat – Christopher Cheng; illus. Stephen Michael King (3+ friendship, love, memories, grief, loss, hope, empathy, nature, Teacher’s Notes)

Florence and Fox – Zanni Louise; illus. Anna Pignataro (3+ friendship, sharing, feelings, curiosity, play)

Wonderful Shoes – Emma Bowd; illus. Tania McCartney (3+ imaginative play with familiar objects, rhyme, celebrations, shoes, fun, book trailer)

Primary Fiction

Drum Roll Please… It’s Stevie Louise – Tanya Hennessy (9+ friendship, family unit, anxiety, performance, confidence, humour, emotional honesty, Teacher’s Notes)

Eliza Vander’s Button Box – Emily Rodda (8+ belonging, family, magic, identity, resilience, change, Teacher’s Notes)

Pawcasso – Remy Lai (9+ friendship, belonging, honesty, lies, family, truth, absent parents, community, graphic novel)

Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows (#1) – Denis Knight and Christy Burne (9+ fantasy, magical realism, friendship, good and evil, rites of passage, science, robotics, Teacher’s Notes)


Middle School Fiction

Cardboard Cowboys – Brian Conaghan (12+ homelessness, friendship, bullying, loneliness, character teased because of weight, prison, aggression, courage and resilience)

Elsewhere Girls – Emily Gale and Nova Weetman (11+ contemporary but also historical, time slip, body swap, historically factual character, swimming, Olympic dreams, friendships, sibling relationships, family, mystery, secrets, Australian, dual narrators, feminist, sexism, belonging, identity, growing up, Teacher’s Notes)

Talking to Alaska – Anna Woltz (11+ identity, difference and uniqueness, fear, bravery, disability and invisible disabilities, therapy animals, bullying, epilepsy, forgiveness, friendship, mention of gun violence in a robbery, Teacher’s Notes)

Worst.Holiday.Ever – Charlie Higson (10+ facing fears, dealing with worries, anxiety, overseas holidays, holidays with friends, bravery, humour, first romance)

Secondary Fiction

Can’t Say it Went to Plan – Gabrielle Tozer (14+ fitting in, friendship, mental health, family, grief and loss, identity, resilience, Schoolies week, mother/daughter relationships, parental expectations, Teacher’s Notes)

Realm Breaker #1 -Victoria Aveyard (14+ fantasy, pirates, assassin, danger, team of allies, courage, bravery, ancient lineage, battle between good and evil, sorcery)

The Ones We’re Meant to Find – Joan He (15+ siblings, sisters, mystery, dual, both unreliable narrators, secrets & lies, post-apocalyptic, survival, sacrifice, memory loss, grief and loss, impacts of climate crisis, artificial intelligence, virtual realities, twisty, shock plot, open ending, Teacher’s Notes)

Witherward (15+ alternate worlds, fantasy, magic, secrets, mystery, identity, family, political factions, crime, betrayal, tension, brink of war, survival, suspense, historical, feminist, time slip, romance, multi-verse, first in a series, cliff-hanger ending)

Adult Fiction

Bila Yarrudhang-galang-dhuray: River of Dreams – Anita Heiss

The Music of Bees – Eileen Garvin

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Pawcasso – Remy Lai (9+ friendship, belonging, honesty, lies, family, truth)

Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows (#1) – Denis Knight and Christy Burne (9+ fantasy, magical realism, friendship, good and evil, rites of passage, science, robotics, Teacher’s Notes)

Notorious – Gordan Korman (9+ Prohibition era, mystery, conspiracy, dogs, friendship, relationship between animals and humans)

Night Ride into Danger – Jackie French (9+ Australian early history, Cobb & Co. coaches, injuries, bravery, secrets, danger)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Cardboard Cowboys – Brian Conaghan (12+ homelessness, friendship, bullying, loneliness, character teased because of weight, prison, aggression, courage and resilience)

Talking to Alaska – Anna Woltz (11+ identity, difference and uniqueness, fear, bravery, disability and invisible disabilities, therapy animals, bullying, epilepsy, forgiveness, friendship, mention of gun violence in a robbery, Teacher’s Notes)

Worst.Holiday.Ever – Charlie Higson (10+ facing fears, dealing with worries, anxiety, overseas holidays, holidays with friends, bravery, humour, first romance)

Shackleton’s Endurance: An Antarctic Survival Story – Joanna Grochowicz (10+ exploration, discover, adventure, survival, courage, leadership, Antarctica, omniscient narrator, action, flashbacks, Teacher’s Notes)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

The Murder Game – Carrie Doyle (15+ boarding school, murder mystery, friendships, red herrings, many suspects, twisty plot points, male MC, survival, past kidnapping, secrets, flashbacks, grief & loss, some graphic descriptions of death, reference to suicide, some swearing, some violence)

This Can Never Not be Real (15+ contemporary, crime, shooters and snipers, multiple narrators, diversity, family friendships, action and conflict, sense of immediacy and tension, survival, grief & loss, mental illness, trauma, PSTD, off page death and violence, anonymous shooters)

What Beauty There Is (15+ contemporary, thriller, mystery, family, grief & loss, siblings, protecting younger brother, sacrifice, romance, crime lords, prisons, violence and death, kidnapping, abuse and drug addiction, identity, swearing, open ending

Witherward (15+ alternate worlds, fantasy, magic, secrets, mystery, identity, family, political factions, crime, betrayal, tension, brink of war, survival, suspense, historical, feminist, time slip, romance, multi-verse, first in a series, cliff-hanger ending)

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