Dear readers,

Here we are in August! Put your feet back and enjoy our fortnightly newsletter as we reveal our Book of the Month, latest releases, author visits, and more!

Happy reading everyone 📚

From the Better Read Kids team

OUR AUGUST BOOK OF THE MONTH!
THE BRINK
Holden Sheppard
YOUNG ADULT FICTION

“Wow! Wow, wow! Sheppard's latest upper YA novel (but seriously, adults would love it too) has achieved so much! It's a captivating, true to life story of a group of teenagers on a schoolies (or leavers) trip; it's a compelling commentary on Aussie masculinity and queer identity; it's a murder mystery and Lord of the Flies and Survivor - it's just a really good book.

The Brink follows three central characters; Leonard, who wants to be a man, abandon his anxiety and fit in with the popular kids he's incidentally wound up on holidays with, Kaiya, whose relationship with her sister is fractured and who just wants a week to blow off steam and lose control, and Mason, who definitely absolutely is not gay, even though he's madly in love with his best mate Jared.

This book will grip you from the get go, when we learn of a dead body, and keep you enthralled as these dynamic high school graduates face the world beyond the school gates (so far beyond that they wind up on a pretty remote island where chaos ensues)."


NEW RELEASES!
ELLA IN THE GARDEN OF GIVERNY
Daniel Fehr & Monika Vaicenavičienė (illus.)
PICTURE BOOK

This intriguing child's-eye view of Claude Monet and his works starts at the turn of the 20th century, when American artists flocked to Giverny to study the painter's technique. It tells the story of Lily, the daughter of one such artist, who sneaks into Monet's garden and develops a friendship with him. As Lily sketches, Monet talks about his life. He explains the idea of Impressionism in a way that will make children not only understand the genre, but also want to imitate it themselves.

JOHN'S TURN
Mac Barnett & Kate Berube (illus.)
PICTURE BOOK

It’s John’s big day at school today—a performance for Sharing Gifts time. His bag is carefully packed and prepared, his classmates are ready, and the curtain is waiting to open. John is nervous, looking out at all the other children staring back at him. But he takes a big breath and begins.

Mac Barnett’s compassionate text and Kate Berube’s understated and expressive art tell the story of a kid who finds the courage to show others his talent for dancing.

INDIGO WILDE AND THE UNKNOWN WILDERNESS
Pippa Curnick
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

On Thursday, the doorbell rings at Indigo Wilde's house on Jellybean Crescent. It's a moon bear - an enormous winged bear covered with stars, the rarest of all rare creatures.

The bear tells Indigo that her parents were studying it in its habitat in the Unknown Wilderness... and now they've vanished. Indigo and her brother Quigley head off to rescue their parents.

ALL THE WORDS I NEED TO KNOW: A FIRST DICTIONARY
Jane Godwin & Andrew Joyner (illus.)
PICTURE BOOK

 A first dictionary for 3-5 - with fun and lilting rhyme from Jane Godwin, and vibrant, joyful illustrations by Andrew Joyner reminiscent of Richard Scarry!

All the words you need to know
Will help you as you learn and grow.
From ant and ball and yak and zoo,
Here's a word book
JUST FOR YOU!

THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN AFTER LIFE
Bastet the Cat & Laura Winstone
CHILDREN'S NON-FICTION

Bastet is a mummified cat who is here to take you on a journey through the mystical death rituals of Ancient Egypt. Starting with some routine disembowelment and mummification, she explains about the role of the coffins, the separation of your soul, the importance of amulets and the various types of Egyptian tombs.
Together, you will cross the river Styx and face the gods in one final judgement - the weighing of the heart. Bastet will make sure you have everything you need in the afterlife, because, it turns out, you can take it with you after all!

-HARDBACK- 
NURA AND THE IMMORTAL PALACE
M.T. Khan
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

Nura has worked all her life in the mica mines, earning just enough to keep her family afloat – and enjoy the odd delicious gulab jamun from the market. Some day she’s going to find the Demon’s Tongue, a legendary treasure buried deep in the mines, and her family will never have to worry about money again.

But when a terrible accident buries her best friend below ground, Nura goes in search of him and passes over into the magical and terrible world of the jinn. Across a pink sea and under a purple sky, she finds her way to a palace, where great riches and a whole new life are on offer.

-PAPERBACK- 
WINNER OF THE LONELY PLANET KIDS DRAWING COMPETITION!
Congratulations to Saskia R for her drawing 'Derek goes to Tokyo to read his Lonely Planet Travel Book'.

As the first prize winner, you'll be taking home a gorgeous stack of Lonely Planet books.

Congratulations Saskia!

AUTHOR VISITS!
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY
Davina Bell & Hilary Jean Tapper (illus.)
PICTURE BOOK

I'm not brave enough today. Maybe next time. You're hurting my feelings right now. Want to join in? A warm and whimsical guide to negotiating life's little moments and big emotions with empathy, kindness and words from the heart.

DANCING WITH MEMORIES
Sally Yule & Cheryl Orsini (illus.)
PICTURE BOOK

Meet Lucy.
Lucy lives with dementia.
She wishes she didn't, but she does.
Her brain has changed, but she is still Lucy.

A moving and heartfelt picture book for young children and their families, to help them navigate the changes that come with living with Alzheimer's disease.

Looking for more?
Are you looking for a reading recommendation for a great kid in your life? Are you a children's author or illustrator wanting to get involved in our events programme? Does your school want to change up its after-school or holiday care activities?

Contact our Better Read Kids team at
kids@betterread.com.au with any enquiry at any time!