RSO October 2022

Welcome to Riverbend Standing Orders for October 2022

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

Kind Regards, Pauline and Trish

Picture Books

Charlie’s Whale – Libby Gleeson, illus. Hannah Sommerville (4+ themes of whales, hobbies, pastimes, oceans, marine life, imagination, Teacher Resources)

Frank’s Red Hat – Sean E. Avery (4+ themes of humour, Antarctic animals, differences, being yourself, Story Time Kit Resources)

The Best Hiding Place – Jane Godwin, illus. Sylvia Morris (3+ themes of playing games, feeling worried, working together, family life, Classroom Resources)

What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking – Tina Oziewicz, illus. Aleksandra Zając (3+ feelings, emotions, imagination, Teacher Resources)

Primary Fiction

A Girl Called Corpse – Reese Carter (8+ themes of supernatural, fantasy, ghosts, family, identity, friendship, danger, witches, sea-monsters, discovering the past, Reading Group Guide, Teacher Notes)

Evie and Rhino – Neridah McMullin (8+ themes of animals in captivity, Australian shipwrecks, Selective mutism, farm life, grief, friendship, love, connection with animals, family).

Runt – Craig Silvey (8+ themes of family, friendship, pets, community, the Outback, drought, sustainability, morality, heroes and villains, responsibility, kindness and care, and creativity, Teacher Resources).

The Dangerous Business of Being Trilby Moffat (#1) – Kate Temple (8+ themes of lost and abandoned children, coming of age, rites of passage, bureaucracy, values of self-sacrifice, bravery, honesty and empathy, adventure, Teacher Resources)

Middle School Fiction

The Consequence Girl – Alastair Chisholm (11+ themes of science fiction, future worlds, consequences and decision making, power and control, family, danger, some scenes of violence, adventure, secrets, friendship, betrayal, survival, Discussion Notes)

The Jammer – Nova Weetman (11+ themes of grief and loss, contemporary Australia, family, roller derby, travel, friendships, identity, belonging, rescued animals, growing up, reference to first periods, anger and hurt, Christmas setting) Teachers Notes)

The Raven’s Song – Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble (10+ themes of climate change, futuristic, post-pandemic, two timelines, dual narrators, childhood sickness, friendships, secrets, family, grief and loss, bravery and resilience, suspended animation, prophecies, sustainable living, forgotten history, generations, Teachers Notes)

Where We Used to Roam – Jenn Bishop (11+ themes of fractured families, friendships, siblings, opioid addiction, Art, Shadow boxes, travel, belonging, secrets, LGBT (secondary boy gay character), absent parents, loss of trust, authenticity, satisfying resolution, attempted overdose (off page), growing up, forgiveness, acceptance, identity, Teacher Notes)

Secondary Fiction

The First to Die at the End – Adam Silvera (15+ themes of death & dying, romance, LGBT, uncertain futures, what ifs, all-in-one-day, futuristic, prequel)

Unnecessary Drama – Nina Kenwood (15+ themes of social anxiety, contemporary Australia, first-year university, shared house, identity, growing up, friendships, romance, humour, LGBT, family, some references to drinking, some swearing, sexual references, Teaching Notes)

The Killing Code – Ellie Marney (15+ themes of mystery, serial killing, profiling, historical, WWII, codebreakers, women in war, friendships, romance, LGBT, secrets, grief and loss, twisty, suspense, thriller, Teaching Resource)

The Stand In – A J Rushby (14+ themes of deception, intrigue, identity swapping, doppelgangers, secret lives, betrayal, adventure, boarding school)

Adult Fiction

Lessons – Ian McEwan

The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding – Holly Ringland

Primary Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Ajay and the Mumbai Sun – Varsha Shah (9+ themes of investigative journalism, modern India, slums, child labour, collapsing factories, corruption, children’s fight for justice, child abandonment)

Digging Up Dad: And Other Hopeful (And Funny) Stories – Morris Gleitzman (8+ themes of short stories, hope, family issues, friendship, resilience, role of authority, courage, taking action, loss and grief, Teachers’ Notes)

Nice Garry Book 1: Bowled Over – (8+ themes of belonging, English, Health and Physical Ed, Health and Wellbeing, humour, identity, resilience)

Spaceboy – David Walliams (8+ themes of belonging, choices, English, Ethics and Social Justice, families, Health and Wellbeing, humour, identity, resilience, The Arts)

Middle School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

The Bookseller’s Apprentice – Amelia Mellor (11+ prequel, magical, historical, race-against-time adventure, Australian, Book Trailer)

The Consequence Girl – Alastair Chisholm (11+ themes of science fiction, future worlds, consequences and decision making, power and control, family, danger, some scenes of violence, adventure, secrets, friendship, betrayal, survival, Discussion Notes)

The Raven’s Song – Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble (10+ themes of climate change, futuristic, post-pandemic, two timelines, dual narrators, childhood sickness, friendships, secrets, family, grief and loss, bravery and resilience, suspended animation, prophecies, sustainable living, forgotten history, generations, Teachers Notes)

Where We Used to Roam – Jenn Bishop (11+ themes of fractured families, friendships, siblings, opioid addiction, Art, Shadow boxes, travel, belonging, secrets, LGBT (secondary boy gay character), absent parents, loss of trust, authenticity, satisfying resolution, attempted overdose (off page), growing up, forgiveness, acceptance, identity, Teacher Notes)

Secondary School Fiction (Boys Only Pack)

Demon in the Wood: A Shadow and Bone Graphic Novel – Leigh Bardugo & Dani Pendergast (15+ themes of prequel, graphic novel, fantasy, adventure, hidden identities, deadly secrets, origin story)

The Arc (The Loop #3) – Ben Oliver (15+ themes of third and final instalment in series, escape, return from dead, sci-fi thriller).

The First to Die at the End – Adam Silvera (15+ themes of death & dying, romance, LGBT, uncertain futures, what ifs, all-in-one-day, futuristic, prequel)

The Killing Code – Ellie Marney (15+ themes of mystery, serial killing, profiling, historical, WWII, codebreakers, women in war, friendships, romance, LGBT, secrets, grief and loss, twisty, suspense, thriller, Teaching Resource)

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