RSO July 2021

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for July 2021.

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

All Dogs Bark – Catherine Meatheringham; illus. Deb Hudson (4+ animals, language, travel, different communities around the world.)

I Am Angry – Michael Rose; illus. Robert Starling (3+ feelings, emotions, anger, resolution)

Somewhere – Jeanne Willis; illus. Anastasia Suvovrova (4+ frustration, emotion, imagination, play, home, parents)

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar – Julia Donaldson; illus. Yuval Zommer (4+ caterpillars, lifecycles, hope, dreams, transformations, looking beyond the exterior)

Primary Fiction

Bella and the Voyaging House – Meg McKinlay (8+ family, sailing, inventions, sustainability and recycling, adventure, grandparents, Teaching Notes)

Mina and the Whole Wide World – Sherryl Clark; illus. Briony Stewart (8+ verse novel, acceptance, refugees, friendship, humanity, belonging, courage, family, Teacher’s Notes)

Mort the Meek and the Raven’s Revenge – Rachel Delahaye (8+ Book trailer, humour, escapism, pacifism, being true to yourself, courage, slapstick violence, joking Ravens, illustrated fiction)

The Astonishing Future of Alex Nobody – Kate Gilby Smith (9+ time-travel, obsession with celebrity and fame, adventure, twist and turns, humour, friendship and relationships)


Middle School Fiction

All the Money in the World – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (10+ friendship, poverty, aspiration, intergenerational friendship, inheritance, change, deception, privilege)

Are You There Buddha? – Pip Harry (10+ puberty, periods, championship swimming, coming of age, friendship, growing up, blended families, parental abandonment, adjusting to change)

Melt – Ele Fountain (10+ survival adenture, high stakes, climate change, corrupt oil corporations, intrigue, Arctic circle, bullying, action, family, home)

Rainfish – Andrew Paterson (11+ rebellion, peer group pressure, values, honesty, guilt, mistakes, innocence, theft, bravery, Teacher Notes)

Secondary Fiction

Henry Hamlet’s Heart – Rhiannon Wilde (15+ Brisbane early 2000s, LGBTQIA+, friendships, identity, Male MC, family, coming-out, last year of school, secrets, romance, siblings, some swearing, sexual references, underage drinking, Teacher’s Notes)

Six Crimson Cranes – Elizabeth Lim (15+ fantasy, Asian-inspired, fairy tale retelling, brothers and sisters, curses, courage and resilience, loyalty, royalty, romance, arranged marriage, heroes and villains, quest journey, dragons, betrayal, political intrigue, secrets, first in a series)

Take Me Home Tonight – Morgan Matson (15+ contemporary, friendship, all-in-one-night, road trip, drama and musicals, secrets, romance, when things go wrong, coming of age, identity, family, some swearing, underage drinking)

What Makes Us – Rafi Mittlefehldt (15+ urban US contemporary, nature vs nurture, family secrets, friendship, violence in protest movement, terrorism, patriotism, coming of age, friendship, Judaism, living in hiding)

Adult Fiction

After Story – Larissa Behrendt

The Good Wife of Bath: A (Mostly) True Story – Karen Brooks

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Mort the Meek and the Raven’s Revenge – Rachel Delahaye (8+ Book trailer, humour, escapism, pacifism, being true to yourself, courage, slapstick violence, joking Ravens, illustrated fiction)

Space Oddity – Christopher Edge (8+ intergalactic space adventure, science fiction, aliens, humour, family, Creative Writing Challenge)

The Astonishing Future of Alex Nobody – Kate Gilby Smith (9+ time-travel, obsession with celebrity and fame, adventure, twist and turns, humour, friendship and relationships)

The Memory Thief – Leonie Agnew (9+ adventure, friendship between a lonely troll and young girl, memories, kindness, companionship, mystery, thrills, hope, fantasy)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

A Weekend With Oscar – Robyn Bavati (12+ family, Down Syndrome, love, loss, grief, empathy, compassion, disability, coming of age, first love)

Melt – Ele Fountain (10+ survival adenture, high stakes, climate change, corrupt oil corporations, intrigue, Arctic circle, bullying, action, family, home)

Rainfish – Andrew Paterson (11+ rebellion, peer group pressure, values, honesty, guilt, mistakes, innocence, theft, bravery, Teacher Notes)

The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke – Kirsty Applebaum (11+family, secrets, power, corruption, folklore, contemporary setting, loss, illness, adventure)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Henry Hamlet’s Heart – Rhiannon Wilde (15+ Brisbane early 2000s, LGBTQIA+, friendships, identity, Male MC, family, coming-out, last year of school, secrets, romance, siblings, some swearing, sexual references, underage drinking, Teacher’s Notes)

The Fascinators – Andrew Eliopulos (15+ coming of age, urban paranormal, alternate world with magic, school story, friendships, identity, LGBTQIA+, romance, magic, secrets and lies, suspense, some swearing, sexual references)

The Block (The Loop #2) – Ben Oliver (15+ second in series, science fiction thriller, reunion of friends, war, environmental threats, prison, artificial intelligence)

What Makes Us – Rafi Mittlefehldt (15+ urban US contemporary, nature vs nurture, family secrets, friendship, violence in protest movement, terrorism, patriotism, coming of age, friendship, Judaism, living in hiding)

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