RSO June 2022

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for June 2022

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Koala Ark – Stephen Michael King (4+ themes of endangered animals, bushfires, environmental degradation, Australian animals, compassion, resilience, community, Links to Koala Ark Project)

Old Fellow – Christopher Cheng; illus. Liz Anelli (3+ themes of relationships, companionships, joy, ageing, community, connection, Classroom Ideas)

Open Your Heart to Country – Jasmine Seymour (4+ themes of country, language, identity, culture, spirituality, Aboriginal Peoples – Social Life and Customs, perspective, Teacher Notes)

Song of the White Ibis – Phillip Gwynne; illus Liz Anelli (4+ Australian birds, climate change, rubbish, waste, evolution, Illustrator’s Resources)

Primary Fiction

The Lost Whale – Hannah Gold; illus. Levi Pinfold (8+ themes of family, intergenerational relationships, grey whales, mental illness, friendship, conservation, environmental issues, whale migratory patterns)

The Sugarcane Kids and the Red-bottomed Boat – Charlie Archbold (8+ themes of stereotypes, friendship, good over evil, environmental issues, teamwork, courage, danger, family, natural habitats, adventure, suspense, Teacher Notes)

The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm (#1 Miss Mary-Kate Martin’s Guide to Monsters) – Karen Foxlee; illus. Freda Chiu (8+ themes of mystery, archaeology, friendship, anxiety, magical realism, neuro-diverse main character, colours, courage, love, never giving up, personal development, first in a series).

Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon – Gabrielle Wang (8+ themes of family, friendship, belonging, identity, war, the power of story and the imagination, Chinese culture, all forms of love, racism, making assumptions based on appearances, Teacher Notes)

Middle School Fiction

Grace Back on Court – Maddy Proud (11+ themes of netball, team building, friendship, romance, competitive team sport, and the importance of families

The Marvellers (The Marvellers, #1) – Dhonielle Clayton (10+ themes of magic school, fantasy, cultural arts, isolation, misfits, twists and turns, mystery, belonging, choices, identity)

When I See Blue – Lily Bailey (11+ themes of contemporary, family, siblings, friendships, alcoholism, OCD, feelings of abandonment, therapy, art, belonging, identity, own voices rep of OCD)

Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor – Xiran Jay Zhao (11+ Chinese culture and heritage, magical artefacts, identity, belonging, adventure, magical powers, Dragons)

Secondary Fiction

Ghosted – Emily Barr (15+ themes of family, friendship, mystery, twisty, romance, identity, death and dying, grief and loss, lgbt+ side characters, pregnancy, siblings, ghosts, contemporary UKYA)

My Spare Heart – Jared Thomas (15+ themes of Indigenous, contemporary Australia, divorced parents, friendships, identity, coming of age, basketball, mixed race, alcoholism, attempted sexual assault, anxiety, secrets, reference to Walking on Country, reference to underage drinking, some strong language) 

The Museum of Broken Things – Lauren Draper (14+ themes of secrets, friendship. grief and loss, Teachers Notes)

When Only One – Meg Gatland-Veness (15+ themes of school shooting, regional towns, child abandonment and neglect, loneliness, violence, isolation, mental illness, domestic abuse, broken families, and mental health struggles in adolescents)

Adult Fiction

Bone Memories – Sally Piper

Horse – Geraldine Brooks

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Brand New Boy – David Almond (9+ themes of bullying, childhood trauma, space aliens, artificial intelligence, robots, acceptance, friendship, play, innocence of childhood)

The Breakfast Club Adventures – The Beast Beyond the Fence – Marcus Rashford (9+ themes of adventure, poverty, football, mystery, forming friendships)

The Lost Whale – Hannah Gold; illus. Levi Pinfold (8+ themes of family, intergenerational relationships, grey whales, mental illness, friendship, conservation, environmental issues, whale migratory patterns)

The Sugarcane Kids and the Red-bottomed Boat – Charlie Archbold (8+ themes of stereotypes, friendship, good over evil, environmental issues, teamwork, courage, danger, family, natural habitats, adventure, suspense, Teacher Notes)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Children of the Flying City – Jason Sheehan (11+ themes of multiple points of view, adventure, friendship, mystery, futuristic city)

The Marvellers (The Marvellers, #1) – Dhonielle Clayton (10+ themes of magic school, fantasy, cultural arts, isolation, misfits, twists and turns, mystery, belonging, choices, identity)

When I See Blue – Lily Bailey (11+ themes of contemporary, family, siblings, friendships, alcoholism, OCD, feelings of abandonment, therapy, art, belonging, identity, own voices rep of OCD)

Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor – Xiran Jay Zhao (11+ Chinese culture and heritage, magical artefacts, identity, belonging, adventure, magical powers, Dragons)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

City of the Uncommon Thief – Lynne Bertrand (15+ themes of dark fantasy, malevolent power, magic and intrigue, quarantined walled city, oppressive class system, ethnically diverse class system, dense prose)

Forging Silver Into Stars – Brigid Kemmerer (15+ themes of fantasy, magic, family, forging alliances between countries, secrets, rebellion, friendships, betrayal, kidnapping, companion series, multiple narrators, romance, LGBT characters, some fighting, violence and death, suspense, adventure, cliff-hanger end, first in a series)

What We All Saw – Mike Lucas (15+ themes of the subjectivity of truth, “seeing”, perception and the senses, storytelling, witches in history and culture, friendship, horror, trust, violence, WWI and WWII, growing up in the 70s, the unexplainable, Teachers Notes)

When Only One – Meg Gatland-Veness (15+ themes of school shooting, regional towns, child abandonment and neglect, loneliness, violence, isolation, mental illness, domestic abuse, broken families, and mental health struggles in adolescents)

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