Children's Books

This page will bring the latest and best books we can find for children of all ages.  We will keep about 20 titles on this page at a time so you can visit the page regularly and see what is new in store.  The list will be a mix of picture story books, junior and teen fiction and non-fiction books.


PICTURE BOOKS for children of all ages

The Peasant Prince The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas RRP $21

This true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy, who at the age of ten was plucked unsuspectingly from millions of others across the land to be trained as a ballet dancer, is a fairytale that has captivated children and adults alike. Li tells his story with disarming simplicity and charm, with humour and compassion, and here he speaks directly to the small child, his special audience. He has a personal story to tell you, and he begins by introducing you to the land of his childhood, and to his beloved father, and to a small child who was once Li himself- he tells us of that boy growing up in hardship, yet with love and affection, as he shares with us the lives of his large family, the special stories in his life, the inspiring teachers, the experiences and moments he will never forget.

Nga Atua Maori GodsNga Atua: Maori Gods by Robyn Kahukiwa
RRP $25

A book to treasure for young and old, Robyn Kahukiwa'sNga Atua: Maori Gods takes the reader on a beautiful visual journey while imparting simple and effective explanations of the major Maori gods.Robyn introduces the pantheon of Maori gods, and explains the arena of life for which each deity is responsible. For example:Tumatauenga is the greatest warrior atua. His powers are extreme strength and courage. He fights for truth and justice.This book is a beautiful introduction to some of the unique deities that are part of Aotearoa New Zealand's cultural story, and affirms their continued relevance today.

The Darkest Dark Chris HadfieldThe Darkest Dark by Astronaut Chris Hadfield RRP $18

Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears - darkness. But when Chris watches the first moon landing on TV, he discovers that there is a dark out in Space that is much darker than he's used to. It's the darkest dark ever, and he realises that the unknown can be ...exciting! The Darkest Dark is the debut picture book by Commander Chris Hadfield, international bestselling author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here, with spectacular illustrations by illustration team The Fan Brothers. Inspired by Chris's decision to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing at age nine, The Darkest Dark is an inspiring story about facing your fears and following your dreams.

Lost The Diversity of Life on Earth Nicola DaviesLots: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies RRP $28

A stylish non-fiction picture book that conveys the magnificent diversity of life on this planet, from the award-winning team behind Tiny. From the award-winning team behind Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes comes Lots, a beautifully illustrated introduction to the concept of biodiversity for younger readers. There are living things everywhere: the more we look, the more we find. There are creatures on the tops of the tallest jungle trees, at the bottom of the coldest oceans, even under the feathers of birds and in boiling volcanic pools. So how many different kinds are there? One, two, three ...lots! With beautiful words from Nicola Davies and exquisite illustrations by Emily Sutton, this groundbreaking book is certain to enchant and inspire children.

I will never get a star on mrs bensons blackboardI Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard by Jennifer K. Mann RRP $19

Rose's teacher gives stars for spelling and neatness and giving the right answer, but Rose can't manage to do any of those things right. Will she ever get a star from Mrs. Benson? Rose is a distracted and creative soul. She does her best at school, but sometimes her mind wanders, and she answers the wrong question. Her reading voice is quiet, not strong and loud. And her desk?--?well, keeping her desk neat is a challenge. When it's time to make thank-you cards for a class visitor, Rose's art supplies turn her workspace?--and her?--?into a colorful mess. But her artistic skills shine through in the gorgeous oversize card she creates. Could she possibly get a star after all? A cheerful and empowering picture book for the child whose talents lie in unconventional areas, and those still searching for their strengths.

The Big Bad Mood The Big Bad Mood by Tom Jamieson and Olga Demidova RRP $17

George is having One of Those Days. One of Those Days where he shouts, 'I WILL NOT play nicely. I WON'T ...I CAN'T ...I DON'T WANT TO!!' George's mum says there's a Big Bad Mood hanging around him, but George has never seen a Big Bad Mood. That is, until today ...A gloriously clever tale about tempers, tantrums and making amends. For fans of My Big Shouting Day but Rebecca Patterson.

The Wonderful Things You Will BeThe Wonderful Things You Will be: A Growing-Up Poem by Emily Winfield Martin RRP $28

The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever! Perfect for Mother's Day! From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids--both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.

Oi Dog Kes Claire Gray Jim FieldOi Dog! by Kes & Claire Gray and Jim Field RRP $20

The hilarious sequel to the bestselling Oi Frog! will have children rolling around with laughter. Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award 2016. Frog's had enough, he's the changing the status quo! Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs. 'Well, I'm changing the rules,' said the frog. 'From now on, dogs sit on logs, not frogs!' And everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere else too. Will Cat want to sit on gnats instead of cushy mats? Will spiders like sitting on gliders? Will whales be happy to sit on nails? And, most importantly, where is FROG going to sit?

Te Kaute Counting Reo PepiTe Kaute - Counting by Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson RRP $18

Count the toys in Te Reo Maori and English with your tamariki. Beautiful and funny illustrations paired with straightforward phrases will have you counting with both languages in no time.

We also have in stock the rest of the series including: Kanohi (My Face), Kakahu (Getting Dressed), Kararehe (Animals), Nga Tae (Colours) and Nga Ahua (Shapes)

The Wolf Who Cried BoyThe Wolf Who Cried Boy! by James O'Neill RRP $21

The villagers and the wolves are terrified of each other - and none more so than our two unlikely heroes, a little boy and a little wolf. But when their two worlds collide they're in for a big surprise - perhaps they aren't so very different after all...Find out what happens when the boy who cried wolf finally meets his match!

Te Pamu O Koro Donovan BixleyTe Pamu o Koro Meketanara (Old MacDonald's Farm) by Donovan Bixley RRP $22

"I a Koro Meketanara tetahi pamu - TI-HAI-TI-HAI-HAU ..." E mohio whanuitia ana tenei waiata. Engari, inaianei to Koro Meketanara he pamu ataahua kei Aotearoa tonu - a, kei taua pamu etahi kararehe whakaharahara - kei te aha ano ratou inaianei? He parekareka tenei pukapuka pikitia ma te kohungahunga na Donovan Bixley, koia nei tetahi o nga kaita pikitia e tino kaingakautia ana ki Aotearoa nei, ko etahi o ana pukapuka atu, ko NGA WIRA O TE PAHI [THE WHEELS ON THE BUS] me te LOOKY BOOK, he mea tino hokohoko atu i Aotearoa nei. With the same vibrant illustrations as the original book, the te reo Maori translation retains the cheeky humour and energy of the classic English-language edition. Translated by Ross Calman.

Allis helps on the farmAllis Helps On The Farm by Sophie Siers RRP $20

'We need your help to take the cows some hay, Allis. I hope you're feeling strong.'

'I do feel strong, I do feel strong,' cried Allis.

The second book in the award winning Allis the little tractor series.

Little People Big Dreams Maya Angelou

Little People, BIG DREAMS: Maya Angelou Lisbeth Kaiser and Leire Salaberria RRP $25

In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The book follows Maya Angelou, from her early traumatic childhood to her time as a singer, actress, civil rights campaigner and, eventually, one of America's most beloved writers. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Maya's life at the back.

Illustrated Maori Myths and LegendsIllustrated Maori Myths and Legends by Queenie Rikihana Hyland and Patrick Puru RRP $32

Queenie Rikihana Hyland here brings together a collection of her favourite Maori myths and legends - from the creation and the ever-popular mischief-making of Maui, to the great love stories of Hinemoa and Tutanekai, and Turongo and Mahinarangi. The stories are brought to life by the vivid illustrations of Patrick Puru. Illustrated Maori Myths and Legends is a stunning addition to any bookshelf, be that of a child or an adult. Experience it as part of a group being read to or read it alone - either way the stories and the illustrations will fascinate, interest and intrigue readers of all ages.

Fuzzy DoodleFuzzy Doodle by Melinda Szymanik and Donovan Bixley RRP $19

"Fuzzy started as a scribble, just a scrawly little doodle, a smudgy sort of something at the bottom of the page..." He nibbled, chomped, and gobbled scrumptious words and tasty colours. They made Fuzzy grow and grow and grow... Hello.

Collins Childrens World Map

Collins Childrens World Map RRP$13

Colourful Illustrated Map of the World This highly illustrated pictorial map is designed to take children on a journey of discovery around the countries of the world. The mapping is clear, colourful and highly informative and shows countries and capital cities. Stunning illustrations are used to depict themes such as national emblems, customs, food, birds, animals, buildings and sports to help younger readers gain an understanding of peoples around the world. Illustrated by Steve Evans.









JUNIOR FICTION  for children 8+

The Explorer Katherine RundellThe Explorer by Katherine Rundell RRP $19

From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them ...

The Skeleton CoastThe Skeleton Coast: Quest Of The Sunfish Book 3 by Mardi McConnochie
RRP $17

Annalie and Will's father, Spinner, is still on the run from the Admiralty. With their friends, Essie and Pod, and the talking parrot, Graham, their journey has taken them through dangerous waters, ferocious storms and marooned on abandoned islands. They've come heartbreakingly close to Spinner, only to be driven apart once again by their old nemesis, Beckett. While the Sunfishcrew loses precious days to yet another pirate attack, Spinner is fleeing south, to the mysterious land of Sundia.Now, the terrifying emptiness of the Outer Ocean lies between the Sunfish and Spinner. Even if they manage to cross it-with Beckett still hot on their tail-Sundia is a land forbidden to all outsiders. What awaits them beyond Sundia's Skeleton Coast-the greatest danger they have yet faced, or answers and journey's end at last?The thrilling conclusion to the Quest of the Sunfish series.

Tell It To The MoonTell It To The Moon by Sioban Curham RRP $19

Tell It to the Moon continues the story of Moonlight Dreamers Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose, who are not like everyone else and don't want to be: becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves. After failing to find her surrogate mother, Amber is left unsure of who she is and what she wants to do; Maali's spiritual faith is tested when her father becomes ill; Sky, previously home-schooled, struggles to adapt to the pressures of the school system; and after having found the courage to come out, Rose begins to pursue her dream of becoming a patissier. Once again the four girls band together to help one another overcome their individual challenges and fulfill their dreams in this fabulous and heart-warming celebration of friendship.

The Wee Men Terry PratchettThe Wee Free Men: A Tiffany Aching Novel by Terry Pratchett RRP $21

Tiffany wants to be a witch when she grows up.A proper one, with a pointy hat. And flying, she's always dreamed of flying (though it's cold up there, you have to wear really thick pants, two layers).But she's worried Tiffany isn't a very 'witchy' name. And a witch has always protected Tiffany's land, to stop the nightmares getting through.Now the nightmares have taken her brother, and it's up to her to get him back.With a horde of unruly fairies at her disposal, Tiffany is not alone. And she is the twentieth granddaughter of her Granny Aching- shepherdess extraordinaire, and protector of the land. Tiffany Aching. Now there's a rather good name for a witch

The city of secret riversThe City of Secret Rivers by Jacob Sager Weinstein RRP 23

An exciting subterranean London adventure, the first in a middle-grade trilogy. Hyacinth Hayward has recently arrived from America and is having difficulty adjusting to her new surroundings, especially being in the sole company of her eccentric mother. Everything feels strange. Very strange. And it gets stranger the day she accidentally unleashes the power of a secret river running through London. To prevent a second Great Fire, Hyacinth needs to retrieve a single, magically charged drop of water from somewhere in the city sewer system. Along the way she encounters an eclectic cast of characters - the shambling, monstrous Saltpetre Men who kidnap her mother, the Toshers who battle for control of magical artefacts and a giant pig with whom she has a tea party. The clock is ticking - will she figure out who to trust?

The Traitor and the ThiefThe Traitor and The Thief by Gareth Ward RRP $20

Discovered picking pockets at Coxford's Corn Market, fourteen year old Sin is hunted across the city. Caught by the enigmatic Eldritch Moons, Sin is offered a way out of his life of crime: join the Covert Operations Group (COG) and train to become a spy. At Lenheim Palace, Sin learns spy craft while trying not to break the school's Cast-Iron Rules. Befriended by eccentric Zonda Chubb, together they endeavour to unmask a traitor causing havoc within the palace. After an assassination attempt on the founder of COG, Sin realises that someone closest to him could be the traitor. With no other option, Sin is forced into an uneasy alliance with the school bully, Velvet Von Darque. But can he trust her? And will COG try to bury him with the secrets he discovers? Secrets, spies and steampunk gadgets abound in this fantastic adventure story!

Castle In The Sea Quest Of The SunfishThe Castle In The Sea: Quest Of The Sunfish 2 by Mardi McConnochie RRP $17

Once more, Annalie, Will, Essie and Pod set out on the Sunfish to look for Spinner - their only clue a coded list Spinner left behind, naming four scientists who were once his colleagues on a top-secret project.When a terrible storm separates the crew and almost wrecks the boat, Will and Essie must use all their courage and ingenuity to try and make their way back to the others. Meanwhile, Pod and Annalie, travelling in the crippled Sunfish, are captured by pirates, who agree to fix the Sunfish - at a price.Not all of Spinner's former colleagues can be trusted. Worse still, their old nemesis Beckett is still on their trail. Can they follow the clues, track down the scientists, and find Spinner before Beckett does?

Never Say Die Alex RiderNever Say Die: Alex Rider 11 by Anthony Horowitz RRP $19

Alex Rider is back in this brand new, explosive mission in the number one bestselling series. In this adrenaline-fueled, action-packed adventure, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can't fight the past ...especially when it holds a deadly secret.

Harry Potter Gryffindor EditionHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - House Editions by J. K. Rowling RRP $19

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw ...Twenty years ago these magical words and many more flowed from a young writer's pen, an orphan called Harry Potter was freed from the cupboard under the stairs - and a global phenomenon started. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has been read and loved by every new generation since. To mark the 20th anniversary of first publication, Bloomsbury is publishing four House Editions of J.K. Rowling's modern classic. These stunning editions will each feature the individual house crest on the jacket and line illustrations exclusive to that house, by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold. Exciting new extra content will include fact files and profiles of favourite characters, and each book will have sprayed edges in the house colours. Available for a limited period only, these highly collectable editions will be a must-have for all Harry Potter fans in 2017.

The Worlds Worst Children 2 David WalliamsThe World's Worst Children 2 by David WalliamsRRP $25

The brilliant follow-up to David Walliams' bestseller The World's Worst Children! Ten more stories about a brand new gang of hilariously horrible kids from everyone's favourite children's author, illustrated in glorious full colour by Tony Ross. If you thought you had read about the World's Worst Children already, you're in for a rather nasty shock. The beastly boys and gruesome girls in this book are even ruder, even more disgusting and WORSE than you could ever imagine! This gorgeous collection of ten stories from the master himself, David Walliams, will make you snort with laughter and thank your lucky stars that you don't know anyone like Gruesome Griselda or Fussy Frankie in real life.



 YOUNG ADULT NOVELS  Suitable for teen readers.  We have all the popular series in stock and several slightly different ones too.

STAGS M. A. BennettS.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett RRP $23

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...

Thirteen Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher RRP $23

Read this sensational mystery bestseller before you watch the 13-part Netflix series, executive produced by Selena Gomez. This special edition is complete with exclusive behind-the-scenes content including a 16-page full-colour photo insert featuring scenes from the show, and interviews with the cast and crew. You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret to press play. Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it, outside his front door. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the first tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she did what she did - and Clay is one of them. If he listens, Clay will find out how he made the list - what he hears will change his life forever.

Everything EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon RRP $21

Soon to be a major film - in cinemas 19 May. This edition has stunning cover artwork featuring the film's stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. Risk everything...For love. Madeline Whittier is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy realizes there's more to life than just being alive. You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads. Everything, Everthing is an innovative, inspiring and heartbreakingly romantic novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations and more...

The Maddie Diaries The Maddie Diaries by Maddie Ziegler RRP $27

Teen dance prodigy and breakout star of Dance Moms and judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation presents her uplifting memoir about following her dreams and working hard to achieve success in both the dance world and in life. Maddie Ziegler had hoped to become a star - she just didn't know how soon that day would come. At just eight years old, she was cast on hit reality show Dance Moms and quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere with her natural talent and determination. Soon, she was catching eyes all over - including those of pop superstar Sia, who handpicked her to star in the incredibly popular music video 'Chandelier'. The rest, as they say, was history. In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put into her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the way. With honesty, charm, and humor, Maddie offers her unique perspective on making her way in the world as a young teenager, reflecting on the lessons she's learned - and preparing for the exciting road ahead.

The 100 HomecomingThe 100: Homecoming (Book 3) by Kass Morgan RRP $20

In the thrilling, pulse-pounding conclusion to Kass Morgan's New York Times bestselling The 100 series, the Hundred face their greatest challenge yet. Because...Humanity is coming home. Weeks after landing on Earth, the Hundred have managed to create a sense of order amidst their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space. These new arrivals are the lucky ones - back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone - but after making it safely to Earth, GLASS's luck seems to be running out. CLARKE leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can't stop thinking about her parents who may still be alive. Meanwhile, WELLS struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and BELLAMY must decide whether to face or flee the crimes he thought he'd left behind. It's time for the Hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they've found on Earth, or risk losing everything - and everyone - they love.

Traitor To The ThroneTraitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton RRP $19

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason. Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - though some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruelest manner possible. Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct for survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive...But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

Making It On My Own Yvonne GodfreyMaking It On My Own by Yvonne Godfrey RRP $35

'Making it on My Own' - 52 Smart Ways to Smash it in the Real World - the long anticipated Young Adults Guide to Independence will be released on Monday, May 8th 2017! The book helps 16-24 year olds to get a strong and confident grip on their lives. This super fast-paced read at only 2 pages per chapter, gives short, sharp and practical hits on financial, physical and emotional independence. Don't waste another minute struggling at school, uni or work. Discover the secrets to creating and living your dream life!

Beyond The Wall Tanya LandmanBeyond The Wall by Tanya Landman RRP $22

The story of a runaway slave girl and her dangerous journey through the murky underworld of Roman Britain, by Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman. From Tanya Landman, author of the 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Buffalo Soldier, comes a heart-stopping tale of love, corruption and the power of choice. Blood on her lips. Blood on her tongue. Blood that is not her own. Cassia does not fear to die, but for her - for a slave who has maimed her master - there are worse things than death. Yet the mighty Roman Empire has its limits. Beyond her master's estate, beyond the river, far to the north stands Hadrian's Wall. And beyond the wall? Freedom. With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head the journey seems impossible. But then Cassia meets Marcus - slick, slippery, silver-tongued - a true and perfect son of Rome. And her only hope.

Horizon Scott WesterfeldHorizon #1 by Scott Westerfeld RRP $10

Horizon is a supernatural survival story following a diverse group of kids who step from the wreckage of a plane crash to find themselves stranded, at odds, and under threat from creatures unlike any they've seen before. It's a fast-paced, eerie mystery that not everyone will survive. And the greatest threat might be the kid standing next to you...

Holding Up The UniverseHolding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven RRP $20

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone - and love someone - for who they truly are. Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed 'America's Fattest Teen'. But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he's got swagger, but he's also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can't recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He's the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can't understand what's going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don't get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world - theirs and yours.

Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali

 Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali  RRP $26

 When you first meet Max it's 1936, in Bavaria, and he's still a baby inside his blonde, blue-eyed mother. Utterly indoctrinated in the Nazi ideology, Max will address you and tell you his story until 1945 - his destiny as an exceptional being, the prototype of the 'Lebensborn' (Fountains of Life) program, designed to produce perfect specimens of the Aryan race to regenerate the Reich. But when Max meets Lukas, a young Polish boy who resembles him but who rebels against the Nazi system, cracks starts to appear in Max's convictions...Max is compulsive reading. Against all your instincts to despise what Max tells you, about his childish cruelty, his attempts to eliminate any aspect of weakness in order to become a tough Hitler youth, you will find yourself somehow understanding him, becoming attached to this orphan who personifies the evil that people are capable of inflicting on children in times of war. Max is a fascinating, confronting historical fable. A little-known aspect of the World War II is brought to life through two striking characters whose paths cross tragically. In the words of Sarah Cohen-Scali to her readers: 'I hope that, as I did, you will be able to feel indulgent towards Max's flaws, and that you will love him, defend him, and adopt this orphan of evil...'