RSO April 2022

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for April 2022

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Amma’s Sari – Sandhya Parappukkaran; illus. Michelle Pereira (3+ family, inter-generations, the acceptance of difference, and the celebration of cultural heritage)

Flocked – Chren Byng; illus. Andrew Joyner (3+ standing out from the crowd, autonomy, individuality, independence, courage)

It’s My Rubber Band – Shinsuke Yoshitake (3+ imagination, everyday objects, curiosity, play, optimism, possibilities)

Whisper on the Wind – Claire Saby; illus. Jess Racklyeft (3+ separation, reunion, ocean, adventure, nature, cumulative lyrical text, whimsical artwork, Teacher Notes)

Primary Fiction

Hedgewitch – Skye Mckenna (9+ fantasy, magic, magical creatures, orphan, family, witches, friendships, missing children, adventure, mystery, quests, book with illustrations, bullying, secrets, first in a series Teachers’ Notes)

Milo Finds $105 (Bored #1) – Matt Stanton (8+ family, belonging, honesty, identity, resilience, humour, choices, Teaching Guide)

The Calling of Jackdaw Hollow – Kate Gordon (9+ self-worth, adoption, belonging, friendship, hope, resilience, acceptance, love, Teachers’ Notes)

The Ghost Locket – Allison Rushby (9+ ghosts, mystery, making friends, humour, action, plot twists, atmosphere, courage, supernatural, hypnotism, London, haunted houses, orphans)

Middle School Fiction

Mikki and Me and the Out-of-Tune Tree – Marion Roberts (10+ environment, activism, family, filmmaking, trees, humour, forest bathing, bullying, injury, siblings, parental conflict, Teachers’ Tips)

The Best Liars in Riverview – Lin Thompson (11+ contemporary, non-binary author, friendship, bullying & toxic masculinity, lying and the omission of truth, hypocrisy of adults, mystery, runaway (disappearance), LGBT, small town America, questioning identity, secrets, heart-felt, quiet, mostly interior thoughts, authentic, immersive Teachers’ Notes)

The Wearing of the Green – Claire Saxby (11+ historical Ireland/Australia, family, resilience, loss, immigration, discriminiation, colonial life in Melbourne, Irish famine, orphans, servitude, racism, classism, gender inequality, Indigenous history, settler/ Aboriginal peoples relations, Classroom Ideas)

The Week at World’s End – Emma Carroll (10+ Cuban missile crisis, mystery, illness, thriller, friendship, runaways, fear, love, courage, Reading and Writing Activity)

Those Kids From Fawn Creek – Erin Entrada Kelly (10+ friendships, small town America, questioning identity, poverty, kindness, coping with change, imagination, exaggeration, lies, fitting in, Teaching Notes)

Secondary Fiction

An Arrow to the Moon – Emily X.R. Pan (15+ magical realism, Asian inspired mythology, romance, destiny, feuding families, ancient secrets, siblings, friendship, belonging, identity, diversity

Rock Paper Killers – Alexia Mason (15+ contemporary, set in Ireland, mystery, murder, secrets, friendships, LGBT+, family, references to death & dying, mental health, coming of age, multiple viewpoints, flash-forwards, underage drinking, sexual references, some swearing, fast paced, twisty)

We Who Hunt the Hollow – Kate Murray (14+ Shortlisted for the Ampersand Prize, urban fantasy, family of women warriors, mild supernatural violence, monsters, rituals, feelings of not belonging and difference, familial expectations, betrayal)

When You Get the Chance – Emma Lord (13+ Broadway aspirations, humour, “Mamma Mia” plot twist, search for identity, humour, competition, musicals, ambition, father-daughter relationships, friendships)

Adult Fiction

Sea of Tranquility – Emily St. John Mandel

The Candy House – Jennifer Egan

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

His Royal Hopeless – Chloe Perrin (8+ fairytale twist, humour, action, fantasy quest, subverting stereotypes, frienship, kindness)

Milo Finds $105 (Bored #1) – Matt Stanton (8+ family, belonging, honesty, identity, resilience, humour, choices, Teaching Guide)

Slayer (Beastheart #1) – A.H. Blade (9+ fantasy, magical realism, Beast controlling world, human underclass, rebellion, courage, supernatural violence, prison, betrayal)

The Calling of Jackdaw Hollow – Kate Gordon (9+ self-worth, adoption, belonging, friendship, hope, resilience, acceptance, love, Teachers’ Notes)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Mikki and Me and the Out-of-Tune Tree – Marion Roberts (10+ environment, activism, family, filmmaking, trees, humour, forest bathing, bullying, injury, siblings, parental conflict, Teachers’ Tips)

Prometheus High 1: How to Make a Monster – Stuart Wilson (11+ fantasy, magic, monster-making, reanimation, science and research, identity, belonging, personal responsibility, secret school, friendships, ethical choices, twisty, suspense, action, betrayal, first in a series Teachers’ Notes)

SkyWake: Battlefield (#2 Skywake) – Jamie Russel (11+ Science Fiction, alien worlds, virtual computer gaming, friendships, family, sequel, action, adventure, suspense, survival, feminist,

Those Kids From Fawn Creek – Erin Entrada Kelly (10+ friendships, small town America, questioning identity, poverty, kindness, coping with change, imagination, exaggeration, lies, fitting in, Teaching Notes)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Clown in a Cornfield – Adam Cesare (15+ contemporary, horror, small town America, generational gap, on-page murder and death; creepy killer clown, thriller, suspense, survival, first in a series)

Rock Paper Killers – Alexia Mason (15+ contemporary, set in Ireland, mystery, murder, secrets, friendships, LGBT+, family, references to death & dying, mental health, coming of age, multiple viewpoints, flash-forwards, underage drinking, sexual references, some swearing, fast paced, twisty)

Tracks of the Missing – Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler (14+ Aboriginal Social Life and Customs: law, creations, ancestors, country, elders, community, tracking, bush medicine, bush tucker, Aboriginal Histories: Stolen Generation, dispossession, colonisation, respect, hope, sustainability, mystery, football, Teachers’ Notes)

Yesterday is History – Kosoko Jackson (15+ contemporary, time travel, lgbt+, romance, love triangle, coming of age, identity, grief and loss, family, ethical considerations, diversity, transplant recipient)

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