Category Archives: Tweens (11-14 years)

The Australian Animal Atlas

 

Beautiful and useful: A guide to Aussie animals that includes scenes from 11 habitats so you can find critters in situ, with complementary illustrations and descriptions for each individual animal. Lovely illustrations, well researched and a great price. Perfect for your little naturalist aged 6 to 12.

 

The Australian Animal Atlas – Leonard Cronin  & Marion Westmacott (ill.) – A&U – HB – $25

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The Dragonkeeper Series reaches its conclusion

wilkinson-dragonkeeper-6-bronze-bird-towerDragon fans, rejoice! Carole Wilkinson has just published the sixth and final books in the Dragonkeeper series, the third novel following Tao’s adventures as Kai’s companion. The two arrive at the Dragon Haven, only Tao finds it isn’t what he expected. Are they welcome, and where will help come from as he faces a dragonkeeper’s trials?

A lovely hardback edition, perfect for your dragon-lover aged 8 to 12.

Dragonkeeper #6: Bronze Bird Tower – Carole Wilkinson – HB – Black Dog Books – $25

 

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Steph’s best books of 2016

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Steph’s best books
Clancy of the Undertow – Christopher Currie – PB – $20
Convict Tattoos: Marked Men and Women of Australia – Simon Barnard – HB – $40
His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet – PB – $20
The Turner House – Angela Flournoy – TPB – $33
Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley – PB – $19

That’s our best books for 2016, all wrapped up. Why don’t you comment or post to let us know your favourites?

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Jess’s best books for 2016

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Jess’s best books

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon – PB – $20
Gemina (The Illuminae Files 02) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – TPB – $23
Lots – Marc Martin – HB – $25
The Other Side of Summer – Emily Gale – PB – $17
They All Saw a Cat – Brendan Wenzel – HB – $30

Stay tuned for Jodie’s best books tomorrow…

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Our best books for 2016

2016-staff-best-booksThe Fairfieldbooks staff have put our heads down, and we’ve each come up with our five top titles for 2016. You can see most of our choices in the lovely display (above). We’ll post one list every day over the next week, and do come in and tell us what your favourites have been this year!

Stay tuned for Heather’s best books coming tomorrow…

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Zana Fraillon: Now shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

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Exciting news! Zana Fraillon’s moving  novel The Bone Sparrow, telling the tale of a friendship between a boy born in a refugee camp (Subhi) and a girl on the ‘outside’ (Jimmie), has now been shortlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. It is one of only four titles shortlisted for this prestigious international prize. Congratulations, Zana, and good luck for the winner’s announcement on 17 November.

Check out this article to learn more about Zana’s thinking behind the book, and if you’re lucky you might see her next time you’re in the bookshop. It’s suitable for readers aged 11 and up.

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon – PB – Lothian – $20

 

 

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Ruby Redfort: the Series Finale!

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The moment has come for all the die-hard Ruby Redfort fans: the sixth and final novel in the series is now here! Over 500 pages of codes, pictures, notebooks and adventures await. Come and get yours now!

Ruby Redfort #6: Blink and You Die – Lauren Child – HB – Harper Collins – $20

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