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Ages 12–13

New books for ages 12–13

The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars

The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars is a sweeping, timeless adventure, an introduction to a brilliant new world with the feel of an instant classic.

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The Fire Star: A Maven & Reeve Mystery

'I was up past midnight finishing this book! The mystery kept me turning the pages, and I felt like I'd known Maven and Reeve forever.' - Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Ice Wolves

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When Days Tilt

Magic, mystery and darkness – a gripping fantasy adventure for lovers of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. In this page-turning debut, one girl must figure out why she is the key to two worlds, before time itself falls under the control of the powerful and the greedy.

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Features

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A Glasshouse of Stars

You have arrived for a better life at the New House in the New Land.

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The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza | Book Trailer

Buy now: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-boy-the-wolf-and-the-stars-9781760893453 Every night Ulv is cloaked in total Darkness.

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Meet Friday Barnes

Girl detective extraordinaire!

Book clubs
Listen, Layla Book Club Notes

Reading group discussion questions for ages 12+.

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Read the book, then stream these movies and shows

‘Which is better – the book or the movie?’ is an age-old question that we’re just not prepared to answer (although I’m sure you can guess where our bias may lie).

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Stories matter, so we better make them good

Lisa Nicol shares the experience of writing what she describes as her most special book, and pays tribute to her friend and co-creator.

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Australia’s top 10 kids’ books of 2020

Here are some of the best selling books of the year.

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The Unadoptables

In all the years that Elinora Gassbeck had been matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage, not once had the Rules of Baby Abandonment been broken.

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Australia’s top 12 kids books for Christmas 2020

Twelve predictions of Christmas-time bestsellers for preschoolers, juniors and teens.

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The Tell

Seen from any angle, the Coffin is one seriously ugly pile of stones.

Activity
At home lesson: story structure with Two Wolves

What is it that makes a book gripping? We investigate story structure with Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks.