A selection of new books for children.

PICTURE BOOKS

The Teddy Robber. Ian Beck
A sad story with a happy ending, The Teddy Robber is about a brave boy Tom who chases after a huge giant who has stolen his teddy bear. Inside the giant's castle are all the lost teddies in the world. Read how Tom saves his teddy - and the other lost teddies too!

Molly Rogers Pirate Girl. Cornelia Funke; Illustrated by Kasia Matyjaszek
Molly Rogers is on her way to visit her grandmother when she is taken captive by the dreaded Captain Firebeard and his fearsome crew of pirates. Will they be able to break her spirit or have they met their match in young Molly? This is a delightful story, enhanced by the colourful, fun illustrations.

FICTION 7-9 YEARS

To the Moon and Back.  Dianne Bates
This story about an eight year-old girl is set in Australia, and is about her struggles with her parents’ separation. Claire has to move with her mother and her new partner and start a new life without her friends, toys and beloved father. She finds all the changes very difficult, especially when she has to move again to a place in the country which has no electricity, no TV, and no internet. With each move Claire finds herself further away from her father and she wonders if she will ever see him again. However, Claire gradually rises above her sadness and learns to adapt to the changes and even to embrace her new life and family. Although this book is 291 pages long it is written in simple, honest language that will speak straight to the hearts of children going through similar difficulties. 

My Dog Gets a Job. Elizabeth Fensham
Eric’s dog, Ugly, is clever, bored and always in trouble. Following a succession of disasters caused by Ugly’s bad behavior, Eric’s dad threatens to chain him up. Eric realizes that drastic action is needed to keep Ugly occupied. What Ugly needs is a job. But finding the right job for an energetic, mischievous dog is not going to be easy.

FICTION 10-12 YEARS

The Magic Misfits. Neil Patrick Harris
This is a fabulous book about an orphan boy who doesn't believe in magic but can do magic tricks. When he runs away from his evil uncle he comes to a new town where he meets other misfits like himself and learns about the magic of belonging. Included within the story are some great tips on how to perform magic tricks.

Reign of Outlaws. Kekla Magoon
This is the third and final book in the ‘Robyn Hoodlum’ series, a futuristic take on the Robin Hood story.
Robyn Loxley is the leader of the popular rebellion against an evil government headed by the cruel Ignomus Crown. Robyn has been given an ultimatum from Crown to turn herself in or her captured parents will suffer. She has 72 hours in which to locate her family and missing friends and to save Sherwood.