MALLEE SKY BY Jodi Toering and illustrated by Tannya Harricks
is a timely and very beautiful picture book about the impact of drought in the Mallee. Books+publishing recently awarded it a four-and-a-half star review, saying Toering's language is both lyrical and accessible; the narrative dips into first person, helping children connect to the descriptions of landscape, but largely rests in careful, poetic prose. Complementing the textual imagery of the broad, wide stillness of the drought-stricken region, Harricks' oil painting are sure, rich, and full of motion.
is light hearted story about identical twins Anna and Steph. Although they look the same, the two girls have completely different personalities. When they are forced to go literally walk in the others shoes for a week, a new found respect and love for each other emerges. There are themes of family, commitment, artistic integrity and personal values in this story.
THE SECRET OF THE YOUNGEST REBEL BY Jackie French
This is the fifth book in Jackie French's Secret Histories series. While the story features characters from previous books it can be read as a stand-along title. Set in 1804, this is the story of young Irish orphan, Frog who lives on the streets of Paramatta and who became part of the Castle Hill Rebellion, led by Irish Convict Philip Cunningham.