RSO March 2022

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for March 2022

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Families – Jane Godwin; illus. Yael Frankel (4+ families, differences, relationships, social structures, diversity)

Frank and Bert – Chris Naylor-Ballesteros (3+ friendship, tolerance, kindness, games, friendship more important than winning, success together, humour)

Luli and the Language of Tea – Andrea Wang; illus. Hyewon Yum (4+ ESL, differences, diversity, language, communication, tea, friendship, additional material on the history of tea drinking across cultures, maps, and statistics)

This Old Thing – Cassandra Webb; illus. Tony Flowers (5+ ANZAC Day, school projects, oral presentations, memorabilia, great-great-grandfather, War, photography, memories, connection to the past)

Primary Fiction

Dear Greta – Yvette Poshoglian (9+ sustainability and the environment, difference and diversity, family relationships, friendship, letter writing, celebrity personalities, technology, social and political activism, Teacher Notes)

Ming and Flo Fight for the Future (The Girls Who Changed the World #1) – Jackie French (10+ Time travel, women’s rights, early Pre-Federation Australian history, Suffragettes, racism, power, poverty, survival, gender issues, Reading group guides)

What Snail Knows – Kathryn Apel (7+ accepting others, relocating homes, friendship, loneliness, community, pets, a verse novel, families, asking for help, Teacher Notes)

When the War Came Home – Lesley Parr (10+ historical adventure, World War I, Wales, family relocation, political and social activism, missing soldiers, amnesia, worker’s rights, industrial action, war-related injuries)

Middle School Fiction

Ana on the Edge – A.J. Sass (11+ Figure skating, elite competition, family, friendships, identity, LGBT+, non-binary author and character, anxiety, absent father, diverse characters, Teaching guides)

Interned – Pamela Rushby (11+ prejudice, propaganda, the effects of long-term incarceration and changing attitudes in society, Australian history, World War I, internment camps in Australia, German nationals in Australia)

Spark – Mitch Johnson (10+ the environment, climate change and global warming, ecosystems and conservation, adventure, survival, dystopia, captivity, Teacher Notes)

Swift and Hawk: Cyberspies (11+: Spies and spying, abductions, mystery, action, fast-paced, thriller, robotics and AI, coding and hacking, teenage spies, friendships, travelling the globe, gadgets, diverse characters)

Secondary Fiction

A Far Wilder Magic – Allison Saft (15+: Magic, blended world, hunting, alchemy, family, friendships, romance, grief and loss, myths and legends, religious discrimination, racism, bullying, quests, trust, secrets, identity, belonging, sacrifice, courage, resilience)

League of Liars – Astrid Scholte (15+: Fantasy, magic, mystery, thriller, suspense, criminals and prison worlds, family, friendships, heists, jailbreak, courtroom drama, multiple narrators, twisty, cliff-hanger ending, first in a series, Message to Teachers)

The Girl who fell Beneath the Sea – Axie Oh (14+: Fantasy, Korean mythology, fate and fatalism, courage and resilience, Gods, brides, sacrifices, romance, under-the-sea, spirits of the underworld, family, storytellers and storytelling, feminism)

The Revelry – Katherine Webber (15+: contemporary, flashbacks, small-town America, secrets, curses, memory loss, good and bad luck, friendship, mystery, generational secrets, nature and forests)

Adult Fiction

The Mother – Jane Caro

The Sorrow Stone – Kari Gislason

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Australia’s Second World War: Sydney Under Attack – Sophie Masson (10+ Australian history, World War II, attack on Sydney harbour, mystery, suspicion, Japanese midget submarines, war correspondence, bravery, family separation, Trailer)

Felix Unlimited – Andrew Norriss (9+ entrepreneurship, kindness, following your dreams, finance management, knowing your limitations, self-belief, honesty, hard work, ambition)

The Howling Hag Mystery – Nicki Thornton (9+ witchery, murder, talking cat, mystery, action, fantasy)

When the War Came Home – Lesley Parr (10+ historical adventure, World War I, Wales, family relocation, political and social activism, missing soldiers, amnesia, worker’s rights, industrial action, war-related injuries)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Augustine and the Hot Air Balloon – David Metzenthen (11+: Historical, French Revolution, adventure, social inequities, social classes, friendship, secrets, danger, animals, suspense, loyalty, bravery, family, Teacher Notes)

Northwind – Gary Paulson (11+ high stakes survival, cholera, fishing villages, Nordic mythology, adventure, orphan boy, historical Scandinavia, nature)

Spark – Mitch Johnson (10+ the environment, climate change and global warming, ecosystems and conservation, adventure, survival, dystopia, captivity, Teacher Notes)

Swift and Hawk: Cyberspies (11+: Spies and spying, abductions, mystery, action, fast-paced, thriller, robotics and AI, coding and hacking, teenage spies, friendships, travelling the globe, gadgets, diverse characters)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Growing Up in Flames – Zach Jones (15+: Contemporary, dual narrators, flashbacks, family violence and abuse, neglect, animal abuse (killing birds), fires, identity, belonging, small town, mental health and illness, secrets, counselling, strong language, underage drinking, reference to sexual assaults, intergenerational trauma, survivor guilt, Teaching Notes)

I Must Betray You – Ruta Septys (14+ Romanian history, Nicolae Ceausescu, betrayal, family, fear, communism, risk, guilt, freedom, spying, poverty, survival, mistrust, secret agents)

League of Liars – Astrid Scholte (15+: Fantasy, magic, mystery, thriller, suspense, criminals and prison worlds, family, friendships, heists, jailbreak, courtroom drama, multiple narrators, twisty, cliff-hanger ending, first in a series, Message to Teachers)

The Starlight Claim – Tim Wynne-Jones (14+ survival fiction, psychological thriller, secrets, relationships between men—through friendship and fatherhood, toxic masculinity, violence, prisoners, winter storms)

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