RSO July 2022

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for July 2022

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Jack’s Jumper – Sarah Acton (3+ themes of family, siblings, emotions, feelings, clothing, sentimentality, change, and growing up, Read to Us! Storytime Kit Activities)

Jigsaw: A Puzzle in the Post – Bob Graham – (3+ themes of family, jigsaw puzzles, recycling, humour, perseverance, hope, Read to Us! Storytime Kit Activities)

Secrets of the Seasons – Heidi Cooper Smith (3+ themes of Australian bush, seasons, wildlife, animals, the magic of childhood, habitats)

The Shop Train – Josei Wowolla Boyle; illus. Paul Seden (4+ themes of Aboriginal Studies, Australian history, First Nations, Tea and Sugar Train, remote communities, nostalgia, family, Teacher Notes)

Primary Fiction

All Four Quarters of the Moon – Shirley Moon (8+ themes of the immigration experience, honour and responsibility, experiences of racism and intolerance, mental health, emotions, and resilience, kindness, tolerance, and empathy, family and friendships, especially siblings, Chinese mythology, Teacher Notes)

August and Jones – Pip Harry (9+ themes of Australian, contemporary, family, moving from country to city, friendships, cancer, bullying, parent expectations, gender expectations, bucket-lists, adventurous, facing fears, resilience, loyalty, Teachers resources)

Olive Jones and the Memory Thief – Kate Gilby Smith (9+ themes of family, memory, mystery, science fiction, contemporary, futuristic)

Solomon Macaroni and the Cousin Catastrophe – Ashleigh Barton (9+ themes of courage, family, love, Vampires, magic, greed, humour, Teacher Notes)

Middle School Fiction

Cop and Robber – Tristan Bancks (10+ themes of ethical dilemmas, relationships and conflict, forgiveness, resilience, the law, honesty, trust and faith, family, running and motivation, humour, Teacher Notes)

The Detective’s Guide to New York City – Nicki Greenberg (11+ themes of historical, 1920s New York, mystery, friendships, loyalty, identity, travel, bravery, suspense, adventure, tension, second in a series, Teaching notes)

The Light in Everything – Katya Balen (11+ themes of fear, blended families, light, wishes, belonging, anger, the Ocean, perseverance, misunderstanding, regret, community, trust and hope, references to domestic violence, imagery, Teacher Notes)

The Shark and the Scar – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (11+ thriller, family secrets, father-son relationship, identity, recuperation, accident, moving to a new community, beachside community, Ireland)

Secondary Fiction

Completely Normal and Other Lies – Biffy James (15+ themes of Australian, contemporary, flashback format, coming of age, identity, friendships, romance, relationships, family, siblings, therapy, grief and loss, reference to grooming, impacts of social media use, humour, sexual references, some swearing, lgbt rep, Ampersand shortlistee)

The Queen of the Tiles – Hanna Alkaf (15+ themes of contemporary, set in Malaysia, competitive scrabble, grief and loss, mystery, family, friendships, secrets, coming of age, identity, diversity, social anxiety)

See You Yesterday – Rachel Lynn Solomon (15+ themes of contemporary, starting college, caught in a time loop, coming of age, friendships, romance, belonging, family, LGBT, siblings, addiction, secrets, some swearing and sexual references, twisty)

When Women Were Dragons – Kelly Barnhill (15+ themes of feminism, sent in the 1950s, dragon transformation, rage, sibling love and responsibility, following your heart, opening your mind to new possibilities, coming of age, feminist anger and liberation)

Adult Fiction

Blue Hour – Sarah Schmidt

We Come With This Place – Debra Dank

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

August and Jones – Pip Harry (9+ themes of Australian, contemporary, family, moving from country to city, friendships, cancer, bullying, parent expectations, gender expectations, bucket-lists, adventurous, facing fears, resilience, loyalty, Teachers resources)

Solomon Macaroni and the Cousin Catastrophe – Ashleigh Barton (9+ themes of courage, family, love, Vampires, magic, greed, humour, Teacher Notes)

Team Trouble – Whodunnit, Eddie Woo? – Eddie Woo and Dave Hartley; illus. Mitch Vane (8+ mystery, maths, humour, skateboarding, cryptic messages, smuggling, friendship)

While the Storm Ranges – Phil Earle (9+ themes of courage, love, animals, the Blitz, Second World War, bravery, Scheme of Work)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Cop and Robber – Tristan Bancks (10+ themes of ethical dilemmas, relationships and conflict, forgiveness, resilience, the law, honesty, trust and faith, family, running and motivation, humour, Teacher Notes)

The Detective’s Guide to New York City – Nicki Greenberg (11+ themes of historical, 1920s New York, mystery, friendships, loyalty, identity, travel, bravery, suspense, adventure, tension, second in a series, Teaching notes)

21% Monster – Peter Canning (11+ themes of futuristic, family, friendships, secret government experiments, DNA manipulation, action, adventure, suspense, survival, loyalty, bravery, secrets and lies, betrayal)

The Shark and the Scar – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (11+ thriller, family secrets, father-son relationship, identity, recuperation, accident, moving to a new community, beachside community, Ireland)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Man Down – James Goodhand (15+ themes of contemporary, identity, family, friendships, romance, smugglers, premonitions, toxic masculinity, mystery, suspense, twisty, reference to underage drinking and drug-taking, some sexual references, strong language, discussions of death and dying, shock ending)

The Midnight Club – Christopher Pike (15+ horror, terminally ill youth, story-telling, truth vs fiction, death pact, violence, reincarnation, Netflix, first published 1994)

The Notorious Scarlett and Brown #2 – Jonathan Stroud (15+ themes of fantasy, dystopian setting, magic, mystery, friendship, loyalty, suspense, bank heists, monsters, religious fanaticism, twisty, second in a series)

The Snow Laundry (The Towers #1) – Mette Jakobsen (15+ themes of thriller, dystopian world, government control, environmental destruction, loss of individual freedom, technological control, violence, sexual content, drug and alcohol references, Teacher Notes)

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