RSO May 2022

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for May 2022

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Katerina Cruickshanks – Daniel Gray-Barnett (4+ themes of exclusion, inclusion, leadership, difference, gender nonconforming, extroversion, cliques, friendship, drama, Teaching Notes)

Miss Understood – Kathryn Apel (3+ themes of humour, rhyme, being yourself, judging others, misunderstandings, perspective, point of view, Teaching Notes)

Take a Breath – Suejean Rim (3+ themes of believing in yourself, not giving up. trying, courage, persistence, stopping and breathing)

The New Dog – Chris McKimmie (4+ themes of humour, dogs, pets, family, dog perspective)

Primary Fiction

Big Magic – Sarah Armstrong (9+ themes of fantasy, magical realism, parallel worlds, family secrets, family connections, friendship and courage)

How to Spell Catastrophe – Fiona Wood (9+ themes of worrying and anxiety, rites of passage into adulthood, activism, blended families, friendship and peer group pressure, climate change, Teaching Notes)

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good (9+ themes of humour, Norse gods, magical beings, highly illustrated, quest for moral improvement, first in a series)

We Run Tomorrow – Nat Amoore; illus. Mike Barry (9+ themes of humour, friendship, superheroes, loss and grief, resilience, family, Teaching Notes)

Middle School Fiction

All the Little Tricky Things – Karys McEwen (10+ themes of contemporary, Australian, friendships, coming-of-age, family, identity, starting high school, leaving home for boarding school, small-town vibes, over one summer, list of things to do, reflective Teaching Notes)

Gus and the Starlight – Victoria Carless (10+ themes of belonging, change, choices, families, grief and loss, humour, identity, mental health, resilience, ghosts, magical realism)

Mars Awakens – H.M Waugh (10+ themes of space exploration, survival, adventure, courage, conflict, environment, aliens, Teaching Tips)

The Bravest Word – Kate Foster (10+ themes of mental health, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, family support, understanding and awareness, help, rescue dogs, friends and hope)

Secondary Fiction

Family of Liars – E. Lockhart (15+ themes of family, siblings, secrets, coming of age, consent, privilege/class, suspense, mystery, grief, trauma, prequel, Teaching Tips)

Seven Days – Fleur Ferris (12+ themes of contemporary, Australian, city versus country, family relationships, friendships, identity, coming of age, life changes, thriller, mystery, animals, zoos, ancient feud, stolen jewels, secrets, treasure hunt, ethical dilemmas, suspense, some violence, mild swearing Teaching Notes)

The Agathas – Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson (14+ themes of mystery, friendship, social exclusion, violence, financial reward, Teaching Notes)

The Cult of Romance – Sarah Ayoub (15+: contemporary, Australian, Lebanese Australian characters, family, friendships, feminism, marriage, travel cultural differences, romance, secrets, university-aged characters, diversity, drinking and partying, some sexual references, identity, changing self-perception Teaching Notes)

Adult Fiction

Book of Night – Holly Black

Elektra – Jennifer Saint

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good (9+ themes of humour, Norse gods, magical beings, highly illustrated, quest for moral improvement, first in a series)

We Run Tomorrow – Nat Amoore; illus. Mike Barry (9+ themes of humour, friendship, superheroes, loss and grief, resilience, family, Teaching Notes)

The Callers – Kiah Thomas (8+ themes of belonging, choices, difference, ethics and social justice, families, identity, natural world, power, resilience, sustainability, greed)

The Ship of Doom – M. A. Bennet (9+ themes of adventure, time travel, secret society, greed, ethics)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

How to Tackle your Dreams – Fiona Hardy (10+ themes of contemporary, Australian, family, friendships, identity, AFL, humour, mental wellbeing, divorced parents, sewing and tailoring, 3rd in a companion series, diverse characters, problem solving, authenticity, some bullying

Mars Awakens – H.M Waugh (10+ themes of space exploration, survival, adventure, courage, conflict, environment, aliens, Teaching Tips)

The Bravest Word – Kate Foster (10+ themes of mental health, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, family support, understanding and awareness, help, rescue dogs, friends and hope)

The Way of Dog – Zana Fraillon (10+ themes of hope, dogs, family, belonging, overcoming adversity, perseverance, hardship, verse novel, pets, kindness, some scenes of cruelty toward animals, human brutality, puppy farms, indirect references to family violence, Teacher Notes)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Seven Days – Fleur Ferris (12+ themes of contemporary, Australian, city versus country, family relationships, friendships, identity, coming of age, life changes, thriller, mystery, animals, zoos, ancient feud, stolen jewels, secrets, treasure hunt, ethical dilemmas, suspense, some violence, mild swearing Teaching Notes)

The Taking of Jake Livingston – Ryan Douglass (15+ themes of vengeful ghosts, mystery, social thriller, survival, LGBTQI, racism, homophobia, violence)

Traitor: A Novel of World War II – Amanda McCrina (14+ historical political intrigue, thriller, conflict, intrigue, betrayal, prejudice, violence, Teacher Notes)

Wakers – Orson Scott Card (14+ parallel worlds, cloning, artificial intelligence, social experimentation, future world)

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