RSO October 2021

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for October 2021.

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

A Year in Fleurville – Felicita Sala (4+ recipe book, a mini guide to gardening, celebration of food and community, simple cooking instructions)

Horrible Harriet and the Terrible Tantrum – Leigh Hobbs (5+ emotions, jealousy, bad behaviour, friendship, school and humour, Teacher Notes)

Peek and Boo – Coral Vass; illus. Jess Racklyeft (4+ Tawny Frogmouth, Australian birds, love, family, loyalty)

Winston and the Indoor Cat – Leila Rudge (4+ cats, friendship, acceptance, belonging, free spirit, differences, animal behaviour)

Primary Fiction

Dragon Skin – Karen Foxlee (10+ friendship, community, family violence, coercive control and toxic relationships, single-parent families, death, grief, loneliness, outback Australia, adventure, fantasy, dragons, animals, Teacher Notes)

My Brother Ben – Peter Carnavas (9+ brothers, family separation, trust, hope, birds, boats, coming of age, Teacher Notes)

Treasure in the Lake – Jason Pamment (8+ graphic novel, friendship, adventure, ghosts, time-slip and growing up,Teacher Notes)

Wandi – Favel Parrett (7+ dingoes, prey and predators, animal rehabilitation, Australian wildlife, endangered animals, Wandi’s website)

Middle School Fiction

Adam-2 – Alastair Chisholm (10+ science fiction, robots, prototypes, artificial intelligence, dystopia, humanity, mild gun violence)

Hide and Secrets – Sophie McKenzie (12+ thriller, mystery, family secrets, gangs, lies, mild violence)

Pony – R.J. Palacio (11+ Western, historical, ghosts, family separation, abduction, survival, gun fights, mild violence)

Swarm Rising – Tim Peake (10+ action, adventure, science fiction, artificial intelligence, swarm hive, what it means to be human)

Secondary Fiction

Green Rising – Lauren James (14+ political activism, Extinction Rebellion, climate change, consumerism, corruption, industry pollution, Book club discussion notes)

How to Repaint a Life – Steven Herrick (15+ contemporary, dual narrative, romance, family violence, alcoholism, absent mother, runaways, homelessness, loneliness, small town life, friendship, toxic masculinity, Art, acceptance, kindness of strangers, trust, search for belonging, secrets, sexual references, some swearing, mild violence, Teacher’s notes)

If Not Us – Mark Smith (15+ contemporary, male MC, family, small town, environmental, activism, romance, exchange student, some violence and swearing, bullying and male toxicity, mental health issues, courage, Teacher’s notes)

Social Queue – Kay Kerr (15+ contemporary, family, identity, autistic MC, social anxiety, dating apps, journalism, romance, friendships, diversity, humour, post school life, internships, Teacher’s notes)

Adult Fiction

Cloud Cuckoo Land – Anthony Doerr

The Man Who Died Twice (The Thursday Murder Club #2) – Richard Osman

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths – Maisie Chan; illus. Anh Cao (9+ family, art, culture, grandparents, friendship, expectations, identity)

Dragon Skin – Karen Foxlee (10+ friendship, community, family violence, coercive control and toxic relationships, single-parent families, death, grief, loneliness, outback Australia, adventure, fantasy, dragons, animals, Teacher Notes)

My Brother Ben – Peter Carnavas (9+ brothers, family separation, trust, hope, birds, boats, coming of age, Teacher Notes)

Treasure in the Lake – Jason Pamment (8+ graphic novel, friendship, adventure, ghosts, time-slip and growing up,Teacher Notes)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Adam-2 – Alastair Chisholm (10+ science fiction, robots, prototypes, artificial intelligence, dystopia, humanity, mild gun violence)

Hide and Secrets – Sophie McKenzie (12+ thriller, mystery, family secrets, gangs, lies, mild violence)

Pony – R.J. Palacio (11+ Western, historical, ghosts, family separation, abduction, survival, gun fights, mild violence)

Swarm Rising – Tim Peake (10+ action, adventure, science fiction, artificial intelligence, swarm hive, what it means to be human)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Green Rising – Lauren James (14+ political activism, Extinction Rebellion, climate change, consumerism, corruption, industry pollution, Book club discussion notes)

How to Repaint a Life – Steven Herrick (15+ contemporary, dual narrative, romance, family violence, alcoholism, absent mother, runaways, homelessness, loneliness, small town life, friendship, toxic masculinity, Art, acceptance, kindness of strangers, trust, search for belonging, secrets, sexual references, some swearing, mild violence, Teacher’s notes)

If Not Us – Mark Smith (15+ contemporary, male MC, family, small town, environmental, activism, romance, exchange student, some violence and swearing, bullying and male toxicity, mental health issues, courage, Teacher’s notes)

The Break – Phillip Gwynne (15+ contemporary, male MC, family, identity, father-son (dysfunctional) relationship, expats in Bali, drug smuggling, prison escape, on-the-run, suspense and tension, surfing life, strong language, some violence, minor sub plot – romance

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