RSO June 2021

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for June 2021.

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

A Pair of Pears and an Orange – Anna Macgregor (3+ friendship, humour, problem solving, inclusion, emotions, Teacher Notes)

Goal – Lydia Williams; illus. Lucinda Gifford (4+ Aboriginal Studies, sport, football, team work, animals, friendship, soccer)

Grumble Boats – Susannah McFarlane; illus. Tamsin Ainslie (4+ grandparents, creativity, nature, emotions, Teacher Notes)

The Imagineer – Christopher Cheng; illus. Lucia Masciullo (4+ Inventions, technology, history, relationships, STEAM, Teacher Notes)

Primary Fiction

An Alien in the Jam Factory – Chrissie Sains; illus. Jenny Taylor (6+ illustrated fiction, humour, character with Cerbral Palsy, aliens, factories, friendship, inventions)

The Ballad of Melodie Rose – Kate Gordon (9+ belonging, being brave and being seen, ghosts, boarding school, friendships, grief and loss, courage, companion title to The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn)

The Boy Who Stepped Through Time – Anna Ciddor (9+ time slip adventure, Ancient Rome, friendship, history, customs, action, courage, resilience, freedom and slavery, Teacher Notes)

The Right Way to Rock – Nat Amoore (8+ love, family, friendship, family, acceptance, courage to follow your dreams, power of collective action, Tourette syndrome, music, The Arts)


Middle School Fiction

Black Brother, Black Brother – Jewell Parker Rhodes ( 11+ family, institutionalized racism, brothers, fencing, ambition, African American history, school-to-prison pipeline, finding your own voice)

How to Be Me – Cath Howse (10+ family, friendship and self-discovery, loss and grief, blended families, Drama Club, music, acceptance, Resources)

Pop – Mitch Johnson (11+ humour, absurdity, adventure, environmental message, corporation greed, plastics, kidnapping, secrets, suspense and tension, Teacher Notes)

Twitch – M.G. Leonard (11+ first in new mystery adventure series celebrating friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds, bullying, neurodiverse characters, escaped convicts, Teacher Notes

Secondary Fiction

100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze – Clayton Zane Comber (14+ grief loss, mental health, neurodiverse character, families, health and wellbeing, identity, resilience, belonging, divergence, Teacher Notes)

Firekeeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley (15+ Native Americans, diversity, family, murder mystery, FBI, undercover informant, romance, hockey, bi-racial, identity, grief and loss, secrets, drug addiction, some violence, sexual references, some swearing, siblings, minor gay character, on page non-graphic rape scene.)

The Other Side of Perfect – Mariko Turk (13+ Ballet, injury, Drama Club, perfectionism, unconscious bias and racism, romance, comedy, contemporary YA, mild swearing, non-traditional casting, Teacher Notes)

We Are Inevitable – Gayle Forman (15+ male MC, small town life, depression, family dysfunction, absent mother, bookshops, diversity, grief and loss, reference to drug addiction, humour, romance, friendships, music)

Adult Fiction

Fault Lines – Emily Itami

The Other Black Girl – Zakiya Dalila Harris

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

The Boy Who Stepped Through Time – Anna Ciddor (9+ time slip adventure, Ancient Rome, friendship, history, customs, action, courage, resilience, freedom and slavery, Teacher Notes)

The Right Way to Rock – Nat Amoore (8+ love, family, friendship, family, acceptance, courage to follow your dreams, power of collective action, Tourette syndrome, music, The Arts)

The Unbelievable Biscuit Factory – James Harris (9+ humour, adventure, orange monsters, secret science laboratory)

When the Sky Falls – Phil Earle (9+ based on a true story, 1941 London blitz, historical fiction, evacuees, animals, gorillas, zoos, anger, abandonment, loss, hope.)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Black Brother, Black Brother – Jewell Parker Rhodes ( 11+ family, institutionalized racism, brothers, fencing, ambition, African American history, school-to-prison pipeline, finding your own voice)

Pop – Mitch Johnson (11+ humour, absurdity, adventure, environmental message, corporation greed, plastics, kidnapping, secrets, suspense and tension, Teacher Notes)

Speechless – Adam P. Schmitt ( 11+ grief and loss, cousins, flashbacks, memories, cousins, funerals and wakes, eulogies, family dysfunction, friendships, destructive behaviour, deaf character, diversity, secrets, growing up, identity, tolerance and acceptance, communication)

Twitch – M.G. Leonard (11+ first in new mystery adventure series celebrating friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds, bullying, neurodiverse characters, escaped convicts, Teacher Notes

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

All American Boys – Jason Reynolds (14+ racism, divided loyalties, prejudice, violence, community, mistaken identity, friendship, diversity, basketball)

Echo in the Memory – Cameron Dunn (14+ dual point of view, immigration, Australian history, coming of age, loss, historical treatment of Indigenous communities, convicts, early Australian settlement, literacy, reference to adult character committing suicide, Teacher Notes)

100 Remarkable Feats of Xander Maze – Clayton Zane Comber (14+ grief loss, mental health, neurodiverse character, families, health and wellbeing, identity, resilience, belonging, divergence, Teacher Notes)

We Are Inevitable – Gayle Forman (15+ male MC, small town life, depression, family dysfunction, absent mother, bookshops, diversity, grief and loss, reference to drug addiction, humour, romance, friendships, music)

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