Dear readers,

We're back with a stack of new books! Peruse our latest primary fiction reads that have just landed in store, and marvel at some of the incredible entries we received for the Lonely Planets Kids Drawing Competition!

Happy reading everyone 📚

From the Better Read Kids team

WE HAVE A STACK OF NEW BOOKS!
THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALICE TONKS
Emily Kenny
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

Alice Tonks desperately wants to make friends at boarding school but, being autistic, she's always found it hard to fit in. Then she discovers she is a "switcher" and can talk to animals. As she starts to explore her newfound abilities, to her horror she learns that creatures are going missing. Only Alice can solve the mystery and find the culprit, but she'll need to harness her full powers first.

Jonne Kramer
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

When Ravian's father doesn't return home from sea for his son's birthday, Ravian is certain he must be in danger.

Hearing tales of a cursed ship that captures fishermen, Ravian goes in search of his father accompanied by his only friend Marvin the seagull. Before long, the pair find themselves trapped on the ship with only a kindly boy and a bad-tempered pirate for company.

THE MIDNIGHTERS
Hana Tooke & Ayesha L. Rubio
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

In a family of famous scientists, there's not much room for superstition or omens - but they seem to follow Ema wherever she goes. It doesn't help that she appears to predict events, and has a peculiar fear of shadows...
When Ema is sent to stay with her eccentric uncle in Prague, she fears she'll lose the chance to ever fit in. But then she meets Silvie. Soon the girls are meeting for secret midnight adventures, and facing Ema's fears together. But then disaster strikes. Silvie goes missing - and it's up to Ema to find her.

Lev Grossman
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

It's been a year since Kate and Tom became conductors on the Great Intercontinental Railway, and life has changed completely! Delivering animal passengers to their rightful habitats using their very own secret steam train, The Silver Arrow, is exciting and magical and fulfilling.
Until one day a new and mysterious train almost rams them off the track! Its name? The Golden Swift. The conductors are children, like them, and they're dropping animals off at all the wrong stations!

WHILE THE STORM RAGES
Phil Earle
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

September 1939. Britain is on the brink of war.
As Noah Price’s dad marches off to fight, he asks his son to honour one vital promise: that he will keep their dog, Winn, safe. No matter what. Noah agrees, but his best intentions are crushed when the government advises people to have their pets put to sleep as part of the war preparations. Children are heartbroken, queues outside vets’ surgeries stretch for miles. But Noah won’t just do what he is told. He makes a pledge to go on the run, and save as many animals as he can.

Kate Gilby Smith
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

After her grandmother's funeral, Olive learns she has inherited something unexpected: her grandmother's memories. Curious about what she might discover, Olive sets out to 'watch' the memories. But before she can, they're stolen right from under her nose. Olive can't understand why anybody would want to steal the memories. As far as she'd known, her grandmother had always lived an utterly ordinary life. Following the trail of the thief, Olive begins to discover that her grandmother's life wasn't what she thought.

THE DETECTIVE'S GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY
Nicki Greenberg
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

Pepper Stark could not be more thrilled to return to New York City with her father, the Captain. Not only will she be back in the place where her late mother once lived but also she'll reunite with her friends Norah and Sol. But Pepper's excitement for her trip fades when the Captain invites along his new friend Emmaline and her son, Elliott. Still, Pepper is determined to make the most of her time with her friends in the Big Apple, revelling in the energy of the city that never sleeps.
But when dinner at the swanky restaurant where Sol is working ends in the suspicious illness of notorious food critic Anthony 'the Shark' Sharkey, Pepper finds herself entangled in yet another crime.

Katya Balen
CHILDREN'S PRIMARY FICTION

Tom is quiet and careful and is only just starting to feel safe, even though his dad has been in jail for nearly two years now.
Zofia is the opposite. Inside her there's a storm that's always raging. What she wants most is for boring, babyish scaredy cat Tom to get out of her life. And Tom can't think of anyone he likes less than loud, unpredictable Zofia. But Tom and his mum are moving into the little cottage by the sea where Zofia and her Dad live. Because Tom's mum and Zofia's dad are in love, and they're having a baby.
Tom and Zofia both wish with all of their hearts that the stupid baby had never happened. But then, as Tom's mum gets more and more ill, it begins to look like their wish might come true.

LONELY PLANET KIDS DRAWING COMPETITION ENTRIES
Congratulations to all entrants in the Lonely Planet Kids Drawing Competition! We just loved seeing all your ideas as to where Derek the Dragon was flying to!

Stay tuned for our announcement of the winner.

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!