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The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards

Esme in the Limelight by Kate Gordon

Esme doesn’t like the girl she sees in the mirror. Not pretty enough. Not thin enough. Not smart enough or talented enough. Nothing at all like her big sister, Ro. Then, a new friend comes into her life—a friend who wants Esme to be exactly who she is, or so Esme thinks.

For a while, Esme likes who she sees in the mirror—even if it never really feels like her. But then, she messes up. Her friend goes away, leaving her alone. There’s no-one to help cover up the fact that she is a talentless nobody whose only real dream is to work in a milk bar—which will never be good enough for her controlling mother.

When two new friends try to help her see the real Esme again, she can’t risk it happening all over again. She can’t be their friend. And she definitely can’t let them convince her to be in the school play … School plays are for girls like Ro. So, of course she gets a part. Because she is perfect. But what if Ro wasn’t as perfect as she seems? What if she needs Esme’s help?

And what if the real Esme Rogers is nothing like who anybody says she is, but a creature of her own making, who can be more than any of them imagine … even if it makes her mother mad.

A book about finding friendship in unlikely places and finding yourself in even stranger ones …

And, most importantly … ice cream.


The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards

It's 1998 and Clara and her parents are staying at the Mount Buffalo Chalet for the centenary celebrations. 

It couldn't be more different from their last visit-they were a family of four then.


With her twin Darius gone, Clara has no reference point anymore, no guide. It's like being lost in the bush without a compass. 

Without him, she doesn't really know who she is.


After a strange night, Clara wakes up in 1893. There she meets Alice, a girl who lives within the fern-filled valleys. To her surprise, Clara recognises Alice-knows more about her than Alice knows about herself. She is Guide Alice, the girl considered a rebel of her time, an adventurous non-conformist who spent much of her life boldly leading people along rugged trails between granite tors and misty mountain peaks.
The 1890s were a difficult era in Australia's history. The country is in the grip of a terrible Depression, and desperate people can be dangerous. 
When Alice's life is threatened, Clara must rediscover the courage she has always had, and become the girl she was always meant to be. 
When help is needed, Clara will be the first to dive right in...  

Bringing in themes of early feminism and issues such as bullying, never being a bystander, managing grief and finding your courage, this engaging middle grade timeslip story draws on the true history of Mount Buffalo and the incredible role the Manfield family-and Guide Alice in particular-played in the preservation of the National Park and the development of tourism in the Mount Buffalo region.


Indigo in the Storm by Kate Gordon

Indigo in the Storm by Kate Gordon

 "We are the storm and the stillness.

Indigo Michael isn’t like other kids. And her mum isn’t like other mums.

Life for people like them isn’t meant to have meaning—it’s just something

to be survived in whatever way you can.

When her mum abandons her, Aster’s Aunt Noni becomes her foster parent.

Suddenly Indigo has a new ‘family’—one she didn’t ask for and isn’t even sure she

wants. Then she meets Liam. He graffitis revolutionary words across the world,

words that make Indigo want to run towards something, build something, be

something. For the first time in a long time, Indigo feels she has made a genuine

friend, which makes it even harder when that friendship is betrayed …

This poignant companion novel to the CBCA Award winning

Aster’s Good, Right Things explores the different shapes of friendship and family,

and how a lonely girl learns what it means to truly belong.


Whalesong by Kate Gordon

 "There is no now and no then, only in between and always. 
Open the box. Come and see." 

Aberdeen Knopwood wants to make a difference - to help save the planet and express the passion for the environment that burns underneath her skin. But how can a girl who is too scared to stand out actually do something meaningful? 

Aberdeen's family has been woven into the fabric of Hobart for generations. When her journalist father gifts her an antique chronometer, it leads her to another girl who also knows and loves Hobart. But the Hobart this girl knows is very different to the one Aberdeen grew up in - a newer Hobart, where the stone buildings aren't yet mellowed to soft golds, sea shanties echo from tall sailing ships, and men armed with harpoons hunt whales in the harbour. 

This girl knows something that Aberdeen is yet to discover: one person really can make a difference. 

CBCA Award-winning author Kate Gordon invites you to walk the cobbled streets of Hobart in the early 19th century, exploring our desire to change our world for the better, and the enduring legacy--both good and bad--of those who came before...



PD McPem's Agency for Mysterious Mysteries:
​The Puzzling Pet Parade - Case Two



It's West Bay Primary School's annual Pet Parade and Miss Hartnett's Year One class is excited to showcase their lovable companions. Budding detective PD McPem is particularly keen to show off her clever canine assistant, Scooter.  But the arrival of her new deskmate, Theodora Putkins, and her Rhinoceros Beetle Circus creates havoc when both Scooter and Mary the beetle are nowhere to be found!

 Can PD McPem's agency for Mysterious Mysteries solve the puzzle of the missing pets before it's too late?


PD McPem's Agency for Mysterious Mysteries:
​The Recorder Racket - Case One



PD McPem loves making music with her new yellow recorder. But when it mysteriously disappears while she is helping Grandpa clean up the garage, she fears she will never be able to make music again! Clues itch behind PD’s ears, and Granny seems to be a suspect, but the mystery is not over yet. 

With the help of Grandpa, some new sleuthing skills, and her trusty dog, Scooter, Detective PD McPem is on the case! 

The perfect early chapter book for young readers, and adults who just 'love' recorder music!


Xavier in the Meantime


In Xavier in the Meantime, the focus shifts to Aster’s new best friend Xavier and his struggles with the “black dog.” Xavier has a plan that he hopes will help the kids in his support group: he wants to turn the family hogget farm into a therapy retreat. But he’s up against decades of tradition, and the spectre of the black dog drawing closer all the time…

Aster's Good, Right Things


A Trip to the Moon


Barefoot Bea


Filthy Fergal


Grumpy Bear, Grouchy Bear


Gus the Asparagus (Hardback)


Gus the Asparagus (Paperback)


I Despair of My Hair


Juno Jones, Word Ninja 

(Juno Jones #1)


Juno Jones, Mystery Writer

(Juno Jones #2)


Juno Jones, Book Sleuth

(Juno Jones #3)


Juno Jones, Rival Reader

(Juno Jones #4)


Oliver's Grumbles


Troll's Tall Tales


Trouble in the Hen House