Troll Fell – Katherine Langrish

A secret kingdom of trolls lies in the mysterious shadows of Troll Fell. It is to this eerie and dangerous place that Peer must go after his father’s sudden death, to live with his greedy uncles, Baldur and Grim. When Peer discovers his uncles’ plan to sell children to the trolls, he has to bury his fears and set out to stop them somehow. In a world filled with magic and mystery, Peer has only his bravery, his wits, and two new allies — a daring girl looking for adventure and a mischievous house spirit looking for a good meal.

Fantastic fiction

Emil and Karl – Yankev Glatshteyn

This is the story of how two young boys — one Jewish, the other not– survive when they suddenly find themselves without homes or families in Vienna on the eve of World War II. The best friends meet all types: the good who work to save people and end the occupation; the bad who force people to do terrible things; and the indifferent who watch and do nothing.

This important book published in 1940 is believed to be the first in any language about what was happening under the Nazi regime. It gives a chilling portrait of a world descending into madness as experienced by two innocent children. As terrifying as their experiences were, the story was written at a time when the full horror of Hitler’s reign was yet to be realized.

Text Publishing

Stolen – Lucy Christopher

“It happened like this.

I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him. This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.”

Fantastic Fiction

The story of Tom Brennan – J. C. Burke

For Tom Brennan, life is about rubgy, mates and family – until a night of celebration changes his life forever. In a drunken rage, Tom’s older brother, Daniel, causes a car accident in which their cousin is seriously injured and two friends are killed. Tom’s world explodes as Daniel is sent to jail and the Brennans’ are forced to leave the small town where Tom’s lived his whole life. Will he ever be able to rebuild his life? A heartbreaking story that shows how one mistake can impact on the lives of so many.

Random House

A rose for the Anzac boys – Jackie French

It is 1915. War is being fought on a horrific scale in the trenches of France. Sixteen-year-old New Zealander Midge Macpherson is at school in England learning to be a young lady but the war is coming closer. Midge’s brothers are in the army, and her twin, Tim, is listed as ‘missing’ in the devastating Anzac defeat at Gallipoli. Desperate to do their bit Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Then Midge is recruited by the ambulance service and she witnesses scenes of carnage and courage she could never have imagined.

Bomerang Books

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

A year in the life of Greg Heffley as he starts Middle School and finds himself in some tricky situations and doing some incredibly dumb things in a constant quest for popularity. A very funny and easy to read novel in cartoons.

ComicMix

I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you (Gallagher Girls: 1) – Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is 15 and a student at Gallagher Academy, a top-secret boarding school for girls who are spies-in-training. Her studies include covert operations, advanced martial arts, computer hacking and learning 14 languages. Her troubles really begin when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Can she have a relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?

Wheelers