Category Archives: CBC of Australia

Cloudwish

cloudwishVan Uoc Phan is a shy, quiet Vietnamese teenager living in Australia with her parents who were asylum seekers after the fall of Saigon. She is a scholarship student at a prestigious Melbourne International Baccalaureate school. She plays the oboe, loves photography and Jane Eyre, and is being pushed by her parents to a high-prestige profession. She has a crush on Billy Gardiner. Billy lives in a mansion, is a star on the crew team, and loves pranks. Van Uoc wishes that Billy would notice her and fall in love with her. Miraculously, he does, but Van Uoc questions how this could happen. Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the writing style and all the mentions of Jane in this first-love story. mjw
Title: Cloudwish
Author: Fiona Wood
Publisher
: Little Brown and Company, New York
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Pan Macmillan, Australia PTY, Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-316-24212-7
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Melbourne, Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Melbourne, Australia
Awards
: 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers
Subjects
: Australia, Dating, Jane Eyre, Magic, Vietnamese, Wishes

When Mischief Came To Town

when mischief came to townIt’s 1911 Denmark, and ten-year-old Inge Maria Jensen has been sent to the sleepy island of Bornholm to live with her grandmother on her farm. It is nothing like Copenhagen, where Inge Maria lived in an apartment with servants. Her grandmother is stern and serious and has Inge Maria working in the stables and the kitchen. At school, spirited Inge Maria defies her dull teacher, befriends some rowdy children, and can’t help doing the unexpected. Over time, she and her grandmother love and support each other and create a new life together. Inge Maria is a charming and exuberant girl whose happy mischief and zest for life awaken the whole town. This quick-paced, easy read captures early twentieth century rural Danish culture and includes references to the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen. mjw
Title: When Mischief Came To Town
Author: Katrina Nannestad
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Title
: The Girl Who Brought Mischief
Original Publisher
: Harper Collins Publishers, Australia
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-0-544-53432-2
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Bornholm, Denmark, 1911
Author’s ethnicity
: Grew up in New South Wales. Australia
Author’s residence
: Australia
Awards
: 2014 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, CBCA Notable Book
Subjects
: Death and dying, Grandmothers, Grief, History, Imagination, Multigenerational, Music, Orphans

The Stone Lion

stone-lionA stone lion watches people outside of a library every day. Though he is made of stone, he is fascinated by the people who sit next to him. The lion longs for the chance to become a warm breathing creature and run in the park near the library. One snowy night a homeless girl and her baby brother sit next to the lion. More than anything the lion wishes he could come alive to help them. This heartwarming story, illustrated with soft pastels, shows that though there are hardships, a little bit of kindness and compassion can change lives. ema

 

Title: The Stone Lion
Author: Margaret Wild
Illustrator
: Rita Voutila
Publisher
: Little Hare
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Title
: The Stone Lion
Original Publisher
: Little Hare
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-921894855
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Australia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Finnish
Illustrator’s residence
: Australia
Awards: 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Honour Book of the Year
Subjects: Depression-era, Homeless, Libraries, Lions, Reading

The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee

Categorical UniverseTwelve-year-old, special-needs student Candice, who lives in Queensland, Australia, is given a school assignment to write an alphabetical autobiography – one paragraph for each letter. But Candice is different and quirky and she loves the dictionary, so she decides to write a chapter for each letter. She knows herself and she has a lot to say. She tells about her struggling family, her friend Douglas Benson from Another Dimension, her teacher Miss Bamford, her religiously-confused pet fish, and her Rich Uncle Brian. She is on a mission to make everyone in her life happy and to understand her world. Candice is smart, optimistic, endearing, and self-diagnosed as weird. This first-person narrative is wonderfully funny and thought-provoking. mjw
Title: The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee
Author: Barry Jonsberg
Publisher
: Chronicle Books
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
Original Title
: My Life As The Alphabet
Original Publisher
: Allen and Unwin, Australia
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-4521-3351-5
Hardcover pages
: 242
Age range
: 10-13
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Albright, Queensland, Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Darwin, Australia
Awards
: 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Honor Book, 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Children’s Fiction Awards Shortlist
Subjects
: Australia, Autism, Families, Friendship, Parents

To The Top End: Our Trip Across Australia

To the top endExplore some of the most spectacular landscapes of Australia in this exciting adventure, told in the voice of the traveling kids. Start on the island of Tasmania with Tassie Devils and wombats. Travel on the ferry across Bass Strait to the Mainland, and then romp through the High Plains to the winding Murray River of the Riverland. Bike into the Flinders Ranges and fly in a homemade aeroplane over the Great Sandy Desert. Next, see dolphins, clownfish, and turtles in the cooling waters of the Great Barrier Reef and watch Uncle Kev eat green ants in the Daintree Rainforest Wilderness. And finally, sit down to a campfire feast on the coastal marshes of the Top End. Curly text that follows the landforms and funny detailed watercolor and ink drawings are packed with Aussie flora and fauna and hilarious visual and verbal jokes. Look for a soccer ball on each page and a map that highlights the trip on the endpapers. mjw
Title: To The Top End: Our Trip Across Australia
Author: Roland Harvey
Illustrator
: Roland Harvey
Publisher
: Allen and Unwin, Australia
Copyright
: 2009
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-74175-884-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Melbourne, Australia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Australian
Illustrator’s residence
: Melbourne, Australia
Awards
: 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia Short List
Subjects
: Australia, Birds, Culture, Families, Geography, Maps, Oceania, Sea life, Travel, Vacation

Parachute

Parachute Book CoverToby finds the courage to do all sorts of tricky things when he puts on his parachute right away each morning. From getting out of bed to riding his bike, he is comforted with the pack on his back. One day, Toby’s own fears must be put aside when Henry the cat is stuck high in a tree. Bravely, Toby climbs to the top, lowers the cat safely to the ground, and finds himself returning to the ground parachute-free. This is a powerful and fantastical story about letting go of fears and finding one’s independence. Dreamy, beautiful illustrations portray the world from Toby’s perception. cc
Title: Parachute
Author: Danny Parker
Illustrator
: Matt Ottley
Publisher
: Little Hare Books, an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-742976-77-8
Paperback pages
: 24
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture book
Author’s residence
: Australia
Illustrator’s residence
: Australia
Awards
: 2014 Children’s Book Council of Australia Award Shortlist
Subjects
: Fear

Flood

Flood Book CoverRain turns into a torrential downpour and the river’s banks begin to overflow. Water rises and slashes through neighborhoods, swallowing everything around it. People’s ability to band together in times of need after a devastating flood in Queensland is at the heart of Flood. Strangers help strangers by providing food and shelter. This emotional story is paired with equally compelling acrylic wash illustration done with the illustrator’s left hand. The running paint enhances the feeling of “wetness” and perfectly aligns with the text. cc
Title: Flood
Author: Jackie French
Illustrator
: Bruce Whatley
Publisher
: Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Australia
Copyright
: 2011
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1742830728
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-9
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Queensland, Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Australia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Australian
Illustrator’s residence
: Australia
Awards
: 2012 Children’s Book Council of Australia Award Shortlist
Subjects
: Australia, Floods, Heroes, Queensland