RSO August 2022

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for August 2022

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

A Job for Kingsley – Gabriel Evans (4+ Australian, themes of friendship, belonging, employment and jobs, responsibility, being happy with what you have)

Backyard Buddies – Andy Geppert (3+ Australian, themes of backyard insects, ecology, wildlife, human interaction with wildlife, science, humour, Teachers Resources)

Ella and the Useless Day – Meg McKinlay; illus. Karen Blair (3+ Australian, themes of family, upcycling, sustainability, community, parent and child cooperation, creativity and imagination, Story Time Kit)

How Do You Say I Love You? – Ashleigh Barton; illus. Martina Heiduczek (3+ Australian, themes of language, relationships, love and care, appreciation of other languages and cultures, belonging, belief systems, cultural diversity, identity)

Primary Fiction

How to be Prime Minister and Survive Grade Five – Carla Fitzgerald (9+ Australian, themes of family, friendship, resourcefulness, overcoming fears, imagination, standing up for what you believe is right, humour)

Ming and Marie Spy for Freedom (#2 The Girls Who Changed the World) – Jackie French (10+ Australian, themes of belonging, choices, discrimination, English, ethics and social justice, families, gender, humanities and social sciences, identity, power, resilience, war and conflict)

Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens – Allison Rushby; illus. Bronte Rose Marando (7+ Australian, themes of inquiring minds, mystery, imagination, boarding school, adventure, Book Club Guide)

The Book of Wondrous Possibilities – Deborah Abela (8+ Australian, themes of home and belonging, storytelling and books, grief, family, courage and resilience, adventure, Teacher Notes)

Middle School Fiction

A Little Spark – Barry Jonsberg (11+ Australian, contemporary, themes of family, friendship, grief, family breakdown and divorce, custody battles, love, warmth and humour, Teacher Notes)

No Words – Maryam Master (10+: Contemporary, Australian, themes of family, friendships, bullying, selective mutism, refugees, trauma, grief and loss, flashbacks, poetry and storytelling, anxiety, blackmail, humour, name-calling, Teaching Notes)

The Blackthorn Branch – Elen Caldecott (11+: Contemporary, themes of magic realism, Welsh setting, Myths and ancient legends, suspense, family, grief and loss, death of a grandparent, friendships, adventure, quest, rescue, environmental, disappearing children, bravery, loyalty)

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)

Secondary Fiction

Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over – Miranda Luby (14+, Australian, themes of contemporary, feminism, self-esteem, eating disorder triggers, friendship, new beginnings, creativity and writing, sexual references, drug references, standing up for others, OCD, anxiety, Teaching Notes)

Something Certain, Maybe – Sara Barnard (15+ themes of first love, friendships, embracing an uncertain future, university, homesickness, depression, anxiety, LGBTQI, sexual references, adapting to change)

The Hidden Girl – Louise Bassett (15+: Contemporary, Australian, mystery, thriller, suspense, friendship, bullying, courage and resilience, diversity, school trip, partly set in Indonesia, biracial MC, family, romance, human trafficking, secrets, some sexual references, Book Club guide)

The Stranded – Sarah Daniels (15+ futuristic dystopia, love triangles, betrayals, violence, revolution, secret police, abandoned cruise ships, refugee camp, haves and have nots, sexual references)

Adult Fiction

Isaac and the Egg – Bobby Palmer

Mercury Pictures Presents – Anthony Marra

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

How to be Prime Minister and Survive Grade Five – Carla Fitzgerald (9+ Australian, themes of family, friendship, resourcefulness, overcoming fears, imagination, standing up for what you believe is right, humour)

Max Counts to a Million – A Funny, Heart-Warming Story about One Boy’s Experience of Lockdown – Jeremy Williams (8+ themes of COVID 19 pandemic, lockdowns, humour, shared experiences, community, family, quests)

Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl (#1 Society of Explorers and Adventurers) – Julie Kagawa (9+ fantasy, ancient relics, tattoos, adventure, myths relating to Mesoamerica, technology, combing science and magic, first in a series, ethics of exploration)

The Book of Wondrous Possibilities – Deborah Abela (8+ Australian, themes of home and belonging, storytelling and books, grief, family, courage and resilience, adventure, Teacher Notes)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

No Words – Maryam Master (10+: Contemporary, Australian, family, friendships, bullying, selective mutism, refugees, trauma, grief and loss, flashbacks, poetry and storytelling, anxiety, blackmail, humour, name-calling, Teaching Notes)

S.T.E.A.L.T.H Access Denied – Jason Lokesh Rohan (11+: Contemporary, family, friendships, kidnapping, secrets and spies, action, thriller and suspense, futuristic, military programs, hacking, betrayals, corruption, first in a series

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)

What About Thao? – Oliver Phommavanh (10+ Australian, themes of contemporary, regional Australia, remote community, friendship, slam poetry, humour, city kid in a country town)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Eddy Eddy – Kate De Goldi (15+: Contemporary, New Zealand, themes of family relationships, orphans, animals, identity, post-earthquake Christchurch, religion, friendships, grief and loss, romance, Christmas, strong language, reference to self-harm, reference to panic attacks)

Scorpion Falls – Martin Chatterton (13+: Contemporary, Australian, themes of gothic horror, dark comedy, YA thriller, missing children, racism, mortality, alienation, COVID, identity, Teacher’s Notes

The Brink – Holden Sheppard (15+: Contemporary, Australian, themes of end-of-school trip, Western Australian setting, murder mystery, secrets, friendships, identity, bullying, homophobia, anxiety, toxic parents, representations of masculinity, attempted date rape, strong language, violence, reference to alcohol and drug-taking, sexual references, Book Club and Teacher notes)

The Stranded – Sarah Daniels (15+ futuristic dystopia, love triangles, betrayals, violence, revolution, secret police, abandoned cruise ships, refugee camp, haves and have nots, sexual references)

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