Wild new releases

Hey wild things, we’ve got some fantastic new books in store, and we’d love to give you a sneak peek. Here’s just a few of the books we’re recommending this week:

Counting Lions by Virginia McKenna & Katie Cotton, illustrated by Stephen Walton ($27.95)

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This stunning picture book takes readers on a sumptuously illustrated safari trip, pairing pictures of endangered creatures with evocative prose. Featuring incredible artwork by wildlife illustrator Stephen Walton and a foreword from actress and wildlife campaigner Virginina McKenna (a 5% royalty from sales of the book will go to her Born Free Foundation), this is a must for animal lovers of any age.

Lola’s Toybox series by Danny Parker, illustrated by Guy Shield ($12.95 ea.)

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When Lola inherits an old toybox, she discovers that it’s a portal to a magical kingdom where toys come to life. Join Lola on her toybox adventures as she goes on a teddy bear picnic, explores an underground treasure trove, takes to the high seas and more! This imaginative series is great for kids who are just beginning to read independently.

One by Sarah Crossan ($16.99)

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A thought-provoking verse novel about teenage conjoined twins, Grace and Tippi, who have never wanted to take the risk of separation surgery. But when the girls’ health begins to fail, they must finally face a choice they’ve avoided all their lives. A bittersweet and moving tale of sisterhood, this is great for readers aged 12+ who enjoy writers like Gayle Forman and Jandy Nelson.

Sirius by Jonathan Crown ($24.99)

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The amazing story of a little dog who changed history. In 1930s Berlin, Sirius, a handsome fox terrier, lives happily with his German Jewish owners. But the onset of World War II changes everything, and propels Sirius on an epic journey of film stardom, circus celebrity and wartime subterfuge. An inventive and exciting historical tale for readers aged 10+ and committed canine fans!

Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield ($19.99)

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The third YA novel from one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary YA authors, Vikki Wakefield, is a powerful coming-of-age tale about the complications of love and growing up. It’s also vintage Wakefield, with gritty characters and a vividly realised Australian setting. Seventeen-year-old high school dropout Jacklin lives with her sister in a dead-end town and tries to figure out her place in the world as she navigates her relationships with the people around her.

And last but not least, here’s this week’s top 10:

2. The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
4. Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams
5. Blue Whale Blues by Pater Carnavas
6. Zeroes by Scott Westerfield
7. The Day The Crayons Came Home by Daywalt & Jeffers
8. Ugly by Robert Hoge
9. How to Train Your Dragon 12 by Cressida Cowell
10. Kissed By The Moon by Alison Lester
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Brilliant books and exciting events

We’ve got plenty happening at Wild Things over the next few weeks – it might only be September, but the new releases are already flying off the shelves in time for Christmas. Here’s this week’s top 10 bestsellers:

2. The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
3. How to Train Your Dragon 12 by Cressida Cowell
4. Wonder by RJ Palacio
5. Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by RJ Palacio
6. How to be Happy by David Burton
7. 300 Minutes of Danger by Jack Heath
9. Possum Magic (with CD) by Mem Fox

10. Awful Auntie by David Walliams

We’re also gearing up for some huge events in October – book your spot now so you don’t miss out! Here’s what’s happening:

Thursday 1 October – Catch That Cat! by Mellina Mallos (FREE EVENT, book here)

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Join acclaimed childhood educator and local author Mellina Mallos for a morning of story reading and crafty activities! Mellina’s fabulous bilingual picture book, Catch That Cat!, is set on the island of Kythera, where it’s common to see many cats lounging about on the walls and streets. It tells the story of Aphrodite, a curious cat with a sense of adventure. When she runs away from Yiayia’s house on Kythera, to explore the Greek island’s markets, festivals and beaches, she causes chaos and no one can catch her … except Yiayia, who knows that while Aphrodite belongs to Kythera, the best part of any adventure is returning home.  

Friday 2 October – The Wonder Club – First Meeting for Archie Green and the Magician’s Secret by DD Everest (FREE EVENT, book here)

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Archie Greene receives a mysterious present on his birthday. Buried inside an ancient wooden box he finds an old book, written in a language he doesn’t recognise. With the book comes a Summoning – Archie must travel to Oxford to return the book to the Secret Library. Soon Archie will meet family that he never knew he had, and discover the world of the Book People – a community devoted to finding and preserving magical books. But the magical book under Archie’s protection is dangerous, and dark spirits hunt it out.

Come and join the Wonder Club to discuss this fantastic new adventure! There’s also a second meeting on Friday 9 October (book here).

Sunday 11 October – Launch of Blue Whale Blues by Peter Carnavas (FREE EVENT, book here)

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Join award-winning local author Peter Carnavas as he launches his gorgeous new picture book, the whimsical tale of a whale who sings the blues and the penguin who cheers him up. There’s going to be live illustration, storytelling and guitar (or possible ukulele) playing, so this is one event not to miss!

Sunday 11 October – First Review Book Club

Love YA? Want to read new titles BEFORE they’re released? Then it’s high time you joined The First Review Book Club for teen readers aged 14+! At each meeting, members will be given a review copy of an upcoming YA novel to read, and at the next meeting, members will share their views on the book they’ve read. You’ll get to read the book before everyone starts raving about it. In fact, you might even be the one to start all the raving!

Membership costs just $20 (redeemed if you ever decide to leave the club – but why would you?). You’ll also receive a 10% discount on any books you buy on club meeting days. Sign up here!

Monday 12 October – Story Reading and Activities with Zanni Louise (FREE EVENT, book here)

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Join NSW-based children’s author Zanni Louise for stories and fun! Zanni’s beautiful picture book, Too Busy Sleeping, tells the sweet story of baby Reuben’s first day at home – his big sister Eleanor can’t wait to play with him, but when will he stop sleeping?

Tuesday 13 October – Graeme Base in conversation with Tania Venuto (FREE for kids, $7.50 for adults, book here)

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The amazing Graeme Base, one of the world’s leading picture book authors, joins Tania Venuto to discuss his latest mesmerising picture book, Eye to Eye.

And don’t forget our totally FREE Wild Storytime sessions every Monday and Wednesday from 10 to 10.30 am. You don’t need to book ahead – just show up for some seriously sensational storytelling!

The first reviews are in …

Have you joined our First Review Book Club yet? If you want the chance to read shiny new YA releases before they’ve even hit shelves, it’s time you signed up! Members meet on one Sunday every month, where they’ve given a review copy of an upcoming YA title and asked to share their thoughts on it at the following meeting. It’s only $20 to join, AND you get 10% off any books you buy on club days. You can sign up online – and here’s a little taste of books our First Review clubbers have been reading lately:

Risk by Fleur Ferris ($19.99)

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This is a gripping story that captivates from the very first page. It focuses on the dangers of the cyber world and the events that occur are all too true. Friendships are tested and guilt is felt throughout this engaging and scary story.

– Lara, 16

Frankie & Joely by Nova Weetman ($19.95)

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Frankie and Joely are best friends who go on holiday to a farm in the country. Tension starts rising when secrets are kept and Frankie deserts Joely on multiple occasions to hang out with the town’s ‘bad boy’. The friendship is explored in clever ways by the author. Themes such as loneliness and loyalty are interwoven through the whole book. An entertaining read!

– Erin, 16

Way Down Dark by JP Smythe ($19.99)

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Great sci-fi/fantasy book. Set on a spaceship with lots of history. People are fighting for their lives every day and not everything is what it seems …

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr ($19.99)

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An exciting, fast-paced tale of love and revenge, bikes and the Race. Adam must race for his life in the Blackwater Trail, a perilous journey through the wastes of a future Earth. An enjoyable adventure that showcases Hofmeyr’s talent.

– Max, 14

The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters by MJ Beaufrand ($19.99)

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In Portland in 1983, girls are disappearing. Noah, a teen punk with a dark past, becomes obsessed with finding out where they’ve gone—and he’s convinced their disappearance has something to do with the creepy German owners of a local brewery, the PfefferBrau Haus. Noah worries about the missing girls as a way of avoiding the fact that something’s seriously wrong with his best friend, Evan.’

The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters was a pretty good read, although it wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s told from the perspective of Noah, and has a very bizarre but intriguing plot that took a little while for me to get used to. It’s also very dark and definitely meant for older readers as it deals with mental illness, physical illness, abuse and violence. Even so, there’s a lot of heart to this story.

There’s just enough mystery and unexplained weirdness to keep you wondering, especially in regards to Ziggy and the dark force called The Marr that continually haunts Noah. If you’re into punk music (or books set back in time), and dark and intriguing novels, then I would definitely recommend it.

– Sophie, 15

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (in store 14 October!)

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Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite: the Grisha. She has grown up on a Duke’s estate with her childhood friend Mal, who has always fit in to whereever he is or what he is doing. For example, as a tracker in the first army, he is the best of the best and is by far the most charming. Whereas Alina has never belonged and is always making a fool of herself.

The Darkling is a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. The Darkling needs Alina to help him in his deeds and become his slave so he can access her power. However, on the night of a party, his plans don’t go so well. Alina runs. She and Mal find each other after Mal disappears from the army. They must survive with what they have while being hunted by the first and second army (the Grisha).

The story takes a number of unexpected and exciting twists. I loved this book and highly recommend the trilogy. If you have read and liked any of Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series or Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy you will love this book too.

– Lili, 11

Pretty as a picture

We’re going wild for the new picture books that have been hitting our shelves lately – from wacky and whimsical imaginings to dramatic and daring tales, there’s something to satisfy the appetite of every budding bookworm. Here are just a few of our favourites:

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (hardback, $24.99)

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In this hilarious follow up to 2014’s bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit, those mischievous crayons are back. Duncan’s made peace with the crayons who threatened to quit, but it turns out he’s got all kinds of other crayons – crayons he’s lost, neglected or only ever used to draw poo (brown crayon is really over it). When they send postcards begging Duncan to rescue them, he hatches a brilliant plan to bring all the members of his colourful collection together.

Mate and Me by Jennifer Loakes and Belinda Elliott (hardback, $25.99)

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In this gorgeous tale of friendship and family by Brisbane author Jennifer Loakes, a new boy has moved in upstairs and a secret family has moved in downstairs. Where have they come from, and where will their silver treasures lead?

Brave as Can Be: A Book of Courage by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey (hardback, $19.99)

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How brave are you? And how brave can you be? The talented author and illustrator of the gorgeous In My Heart has created a vivid and mesmerising tale of all the little things we might feel afraid of and ways to find courage in the face of fear.

Pool by JiHyeon Lee (hardback, $27.95)

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Dive into this breathtakingly beautiful and imaginative book by Korean artist and designer JiHyeon Lee. Using only her sumptuous illustrations, Lee tells the story of two shy kids who meet at the local pool and discover all kinds of surprises beneath the water’s surface.

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr Seuss (hardback, $29.95)

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The long-lost Dr Seuss book is just what you’d expect from the master of whimsy – it also offers some sound advice in response to the age-old question about what pet to get. With a bonus back section featuring information about the author’s creative process and interest in animals, this is a must for kids and Seuss collectors alike.