Get booked for Easter!

It’s Easter this weekend, and we’re celebrating by offering our lovely customers 10% off all online purchases from now until this Friday 25 March! All you need to do is enter the code EASTER at checkout. If this is the excuse you’ve been waiting for to spend the entire long weekend lost in a good book, now’s your chance to stock up!

Here’s some new release read-spiration for you – and don’t forget that we’re open every day over the Easter long weekend from 8.30 am to 5 pm!

Magrit by Lee Battersby (Middle Readers/YA, $19.99)

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Tim Burton fans will love this dark and whimsical tale about Magrit, who lives in an abandoned cemetery with her friend and adviser, Master Puppet. When stork drops a baby into the cemetery, Magrit ignores Master Puppet’s warnings and decides to raise the child, naming him Bugrat. But Master Puppet knows what’ll happen when Bugrat grows up …

The Treehouse Fun Book by Jill & Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (Middle Reader, $12.99)

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You won’t experience a single second of boredom once you’ve opened this book! Perfect for Treehouse series fans, this activity book is full of Jill, Andy and Terry’s favourite treehouse things to do, from creating your own treehouse levels to making your own ice cream flavours. Packed with super fun ideas, it’s your ultimate holiday companion!

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard (YA, $19.99)

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A beautiful, poetically written story about two broken souls helping each other heal through love. Alice has an acquired brain injury, making her speech slow and slurred; Manny is a former child soldier who’s lost his entire family. When they find one another, it’s the beginning of a remarkable relationship.

Perfect by Danny Parker & Freya Blackwood (Picture Books, $24.95)

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This gorgeous book charmingly captures the feel of a perfect day – a day of three kids flying kites, drawing with chalk, roaming the beach in the sunshine and digging for seashells. It’s summer in a picture book!

 

Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle & Jill Mcelmurry (Board Books, $12.99)

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Blue is the happiest little truck on the road – but one day, when he’s overtaken by a big dumper truck, he skids off course and finds himself stuck in the mud! But Blue has lots of friends, and they all pitch in to help him out. A fun and cheery story for younger readers about the importance of giving your mates a hand.

 

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Wild about new YA

It’s shaping up to be another fantastic year for YA fiction, with releases that run the literary gamut from contemporary drama to boldly imagined future worlds and reimagined histories. We’ve taken a short break from unpacking boxes full of reading goodness to bring you our pick of what’s new and so hot it’s practically burning a hole through the shelf:

Martians by Blythe Woolston Blythe ($16.99)

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This clever dystopian tale paints a bleak picture of a society run entirely by mega-corporations. Enter Zoe Zindleman, who gets a job at AllMART when the government closes her high school. The story of her new life on the frontline of a consumer-driven society makes for a thought-provoking and satirical read – and a terrifying glimpse into what our future might look like.

Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy ($16.99)

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Five years ago, Mandy’s two best friends, Petra and Tina, entered the dilapidated house on Princess Street on a dare – and never came out. Now, Mandy’s memories of the incident are returning, and she’s determined to discover the truth about the girls’ disappearance. UK author Anne Cassidy has crafted a chilling page-turner for fans of thriller and mystery.

Untwine by Edwidge Dandicat ($24.99)

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When Giselle and her family – including her beloved identical twin, Isabelle – are in a car accident, Giselle’s world changes forever. Trapped in a hospital bed and unaware of what’s happened to her parents and sister, Giselle must revisit the past in her mind and fight her way through the pain to recovery.

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar ($16.99)

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It’s the summer holidays, but 12-year-old Carolina has no reason to be excited – she’s headed to the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she doesn’t even know into a home for people with dementia. But Grandpa Serge is full of crazy stories, and Carolina finds herself spending more and more time with him – and it feels like there’s a touch of magic in the air …

Front Lines by Michael Grant ($19.99)

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The first in a new series from bestselling Michael Grant is a gripping and inventive alternate history of World War II. Rio is a 17-year-old white girl from North Carolina; Frangie is a black girl from Oklahoma; Rainy is a Jewish girl from New York. All three are soldiers in the fight against Hitler – the fight to save the human race …

 

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday to us!

Where The Wild Things Are turns one today! To celebrate, we’re throwing ourselves a party. Everyone’s invited, and the festivities are running all weekend long – there’ll be cake, dress-ups, real live wild things and fun with some of our favourite local authors and illustrators. Hurrah! Here’s our line-up of birthday excitement …

Friday 4 March

4 pm: Birthday cake for The Wonder Bookclub.

4 pm: Meet Maisy Mouse from Lucy Cousins’ picture books.

6 pm: Australia’s favourite author (it’s official!), Isobelle Carmody, will be paying us a visit – join us for drinks, nibbles and dress-ups and a wild rumpus down Boundary Street!

Saturday 5 March

10 am: Meet Maisy Mouse from Lucy Cousins’ picture books.

10 am: Dress up as your favourite superhero for your chance to win an awesome prize. Hear Peter Carnavas read from his new book My Sister is a Superhero and watch him do a demonstration!

3 pm: Afternoon tea with a few of our lovely local authors and illustrators: Samantha Wheeler, Christine Bongers, Narelle Oliver, Kate Hunter and Lucia Masciullo.

Sunday 6 March

11 am to 1 pm: Morning tea with real live wild creatures – wild rangers are bringing live animals, including including a crocodile and snakes, to the shop!

On top of all that, we’ve got double loyalty points for members all weekend, plus prize packs and giveaways aplenty. Don’t miss out – book your spot today!

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