War horse by Michael Morpurgo

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It is 1914, and Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of World War I on the Western Front.  When Joey is dragged away, his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he is forced to leave behind.

In the army the beautiful red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers not much older than Albert off the battlefields.  Amongst the clamoring of guns and while plodding through the cold mud, Joey wonders if the war will ever end.  And if it does, will he ever find Albert again?

Runner up for the Whitbread award.

 

 

 

Underground soldier by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

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Luka escapes from a brutal German slave-labour camp, desperate to make his way back through the mountains to Kiev and his father .. and then to find Lida if she is still alive.

A companion story to Stolen Child and Making bombs for Hitler.

The other side of summer by Emily Gale

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Summer is trying to recover from a tragedy, but it seems impossible when her family is falling apart around her.  Having an extraordinary best friend like Mal helps a little, but Summer’s secret source of happiness is a link to the past : one very special guitar.

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“Summer Jackman is prickly, sad, funny – and absolutely loveable.  This pitch-perfect story is full of hope and magic. Exquisite and unforgetable”

A single stone by Meg McKinlay

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single stone.png                     She only meant to move one…

Every girl dreams of being part of the line – the chosen seven who tunnel deep into the mountain to find the harvest.  No work is more important.

Jena is the leader of the line – strong, respected, reliable and as all girls must be, she is small…. but what happens when one tiny discovery makes Jenna question everything she has known?  What happens when moving a single stone changes everything?…..

Shortlisted for CBCA older readers 2016.

Location: Library

Call no. MCKI

Genre : Dystopia

 

Inbetween days by Vikki Wakefield

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inbetween days      At seventeen, Jack is all grown up.  She’s living with her runaway sister, Trudy, and is in love with Luke, who does not love her back.  

She is stuck in Mobius – a dying town beside a macabre forest – working in the roadhouse.

The a stranger sets up camp in the forest and Jeremiah, the boy next door, returns.  

Sometimes she laughs about it, but mostly Jack feels as if she is losing everything, including her mind.  When love proves to be the biggest mystery of all, she learns just how many choices there are…….

Location: LIBRARY 

Call no.  WAKE
Genre : Relationships

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom ride by Sue Lawson

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freedom ride    There is no hiding from prejudice….

Robbie knows bad things happen in Walgaree.   But its nothing to do with him.

That’s the way the Aborigines have always been treated.

But in the summer of 1965 racial tensions in the town are at boiling point, and something headed Walgaree’s way will blow things apart.

It’s time for Robbie to take a stand.

And nothing can ever be the same again.

A novel based on true events.

Nominated for the older reader category : CBCA 2016

Location : Library

Call no. LAWS

Genre:  Other times, other places

 

 

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

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Van Uoc doesn’t believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas or magic wishes.  She believes in keeping a low profile, real life will start when school finishes.  But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.  Not even Jane Eyre can help her now.

Nominated for this year older reader category – CBCA 2016

Location : Library

Call no. WOOD     Genre : Romance