Friday, January 17, 2020

Ready to Go Book Display: Australia

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. This month we are showcasing books that feature Australia. 

Adult Recommendations:

The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Jul 2012)

After moving with his wife to an isolated Australian lighthouse where they suffer miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant that has washed up on the shore, a decision with devastating consequences.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Jan 2013)

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss (Apr 2018)

What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question.

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough (Jan 2013)
A story of two sets of twins - all trained as nurses but each with her own ambitions - stepping into womanhood in the 1920s and 30s Australia.

Growing Up Queer in Australia by Benjamin Law (Jan 2019)

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, the book assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia.

Teen Recommendations:

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Apr 2011)
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible. 

Wildlife by Fiona Wood (Sep 2014)

Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university - one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.

Children's Recommendations:

Escape to Australia by James Patterson and Martin Chatterton (Mar 2017)

The trip to Australia Rafe has won starts badly, but after connecting with a group of misfits he finds a way to do what he does best - create mayhem.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle (Apr 2000)
Presents the names of animal babies, parents, and groups, for example, a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, its father is a boom, and a group of kangaroos is a troop, mob, or herd.

The Australia Survival Guide by George Ivanoff (Feb 2020)
This book will help you by providing the knowledge you need to survive in all kinds of Aussie conditions - in the bush, in the desert, or even at the beach!

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead (May 2018)
Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is.

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai (May 2019)
Knowing very little English, eleven-year-old Jingwen feels like an alien when his family immigrates to Australia, but copes with loneliness and the loss of his father by baking elaborate cakes.

Don't Call Me Bear! by Aaron Blabey (Sep 2019)
Warren the Koala is cute, furry, maybe a bit of a grump, but he is NOT a bear!

Emu by Claire Saxby (Apr 2015)
Protecting his chicks according to the instincts of all emu fathers, an emu in Australia's eucalyptus forest watches over his growing hatchlings as the outmaneuver regional dangers, in an illustrated introduction to the emu life cycle.

One Very Tired Wombat by Renee Treml (Sep 2012)
A tired wombat has trouble falling asleep when penguins, magpies, kookaburras, and other birds native to Australia disturb his peace and quiet.

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