RSO September 2022

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for September 2022

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Be Careful, Xiao Xin! – Alice Pung; illus Sher Rill Ng (4+ themes of Belonging, Choices, Cultural Diversity, English, Families, Health and Wellbeing, Identity, Languages, Mental Health, Migration and Refugees, Power, and Resilience, Teacher Resources)

Dirt by Sea – Michael Wagner; illus. Tom Jellett (4+ themes of travelling around Australia, family road-trip, solo parenting, comic-style illustration, a celebration of love and family, Australian landscape, Activity)

Farmhouse – Sophie Blackall (4+ personal history, memories, belonging, families, home, growing up and leaving home, seasons, rural farming life, the environment, Teacher Resources)

The Tree at Number 43 – Jess McGeachin (4+ themes of multi-generational families, making friends, building communities and neighbourhoods, environmentalism, rewilding, urban gardening, home, communication, Teacher Notes, Video)

Primary Fiction

Honour Among Ghosts – Sean Williams (8+ themes of fantasy, Victorian era, mystery, twists, crime, ghosts, witchcraft, friendship)

The Goodbye Year – Emily Gale (10+ themes of Contemporary Australia (Melbourne), last year of primary school, friendships, school leadership for students, growing up, identity, impacts of the pandemic, Covid-19, lockdowns, remote learning, loneliness, change, and uncertainty, belonging and acceptance, ghosts, fear and bravery, absent parents Teacher notes)

The Wintrish Girl: Talismans of Fate, Book One – Melanie La’Brooy (8+ themes of belonging, identity, trust, family, fate, loneliness, bullying, problem-solving, magic, thinking differently, Teachers Notes)

Tilda – Sue Whiting (10+ themes of historical setting, friendship, hope, determination, family, hardship and deprivation, faith, Book Club Notes)

Middle School Fiction

A Walk in the Dark – Jane Godwin (11+: themes of contemporary Australia, school camp, friendships, family, exchange students, survival, teamwork, resilience, bravery, diversity, country living, overcoming fear and adversity, identity, underage drinking, mild violence and bullying, leadership, masculinity, adapting to change, lost child) Teacher Notes)

Fake – Ele Fountain (11+ themes of UK in future, family relationships, home, boarding school, equality, justice, technology, freedom, controls, virtual versus real world, friendship, code writing, Teacher Notes)

The Insiders (11+ themes of contemporary UK, family, friendships, bullying, absent parents, secrets, multiple narrators, identity, communication, Teacher Resources)

Spark – M.G. Leonard (11+ themes of contemporary UK, endangered birds, friendships, young detectives, stand-along mystery, 2nd in series, action, problem-solving)

Secondary Fiction

Between You, Me, and the Honeybees – Amelia Diane Coombes (14+ themes of contemporary USA, bee-keeping, high school graduation, University decision making, family secrets and rivalries, tradition, secrets, mother-daughter relationships, autonomy, coming of age, sexual references, friendship)

Indigo Moon Eternity Loop Series #1 – Eileen Merriman (14+ futuristic dystopia, Book 1 in series, time-travel, enhanced offspring, immortality, shape-shifting, dual-narration)

The Upwelling – Lystra Rose (15+ themes of Time slip, Australian, Indigenous, dreams and the dreaming, premonitions, identity, romance, multiple narrators, connection to Country, culture and lore, righting wrongs of the past, diversity)

Where You Left Us – Rhiannon Wilde (15+ themes of contemporary Australia, gothic fiction, love, sexuality, LGBTQI, belonging, home, identity, mental illness, anxiety, depression, gossip, family, the past, truth, hauntings, ghosts, family, sibling relationships, coming of age Teacher Notes)

Adult Fiction

All the Broken Places – John Boyne

Carrie Soto is Back – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy: It’s Hard To Crush Your Enemies When Your Homework’s Due… – David Solomon (8+themes of humour, galactic princess, friendship, end of the world, neighbours, Activity Sheets)

Honour Among Ghosts – Sean Williams (8+ themes of fantasy, Victorian era, mystery, twists, crime, ghosts, witchcraft, friendship)

Frog’s Mystery Twin (Bored, #2) – Matt Stanton (9+ themes of belonging, families, humour, identity, resilience)

Speck of the Stars – Henry Boffin (9+ themes of science fiction, utility robots, orphan, mysterious creatures, secrets, fate of the Universe, space pirates, action, fantasy)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

A Walk in the Dark – Jane Godwin (11+: themes of contemporary Australia, school camp, friendships, family, exchange students, survival, teamwork, resilience, bravery, diversity, country living, overcoming fear and adversity, identity, underage drinking, mild violence and bullying, leadership, masculinity, adapting to change, lost child) Teacher Notes)

Fake – Ele Fountain (11+ themes of UK in future, family relationships, home, boarding school, equality, justice, technology, freedom, controls, virtual versus real world, friendship, code writing, Teacher Notes)

The Insiders (11+ themes of contemporary UK, family, friendships, bullying, absent parents, secrets, multiple narrators, identity, communication, Teacher Resources)

Spark – M.G. Leonard (11+ themes of contemporary UK, endangered birds, friendships, young detectives, stand-along mystery, 2nd in series, action, problem-solving)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Indigo Moon Eternity Loop Series #1 – Eileen Merriman (14+ futuristic dystopia, Book 1 in series, time-travel, enhanced offspring, immortality, shape-shifting, dual-narration)

Something About Alaska – J.A. Cooper (15+ themes of contemporary USA, father-son relationships, domestic violence, language, weapons, wilderness, forgiveness, coming of age, cross-cultural perspectives, survival, extreme weather, isolation)

The First Thing About You – Chaz Hayden (14+ themes of contemporary, acceptance, diversity, advocacy and ableism, inclusion, moving across country, new school, new carer, friendship, love, stereotypes Teacher Notes)

The Upwelling – Lystra Rose (15+ themes of Time slip, Australian, Indigenous, dreams and the dreaming, premonitions, identity, romance, multiple narrators, connection to Country, culture and lore, righting wrongs of the past, diversity)

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