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MWF Schools Booklist

Bindi

Kirli Saunders | Primary

Front cover of Kirli Saunders' 'Bindi' on a white background. The cover features a black and white illustration of a plant.

A new year starts like normal—school, family, hockey, dancing. But this year hasn’t gone to plan. There’s a big art assignment, a drought, a broken wrist and the biggest bushfires her town has ever seen!

Written from the point of view of 11-year-old Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country, Bindi is a verse novel for mid–upper primary students that explores climate, bushfires and healing.

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The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Anxious Artist

Katrina Nannestad | Primary

Front cover of Katrina Nannestand's 'The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Anxious Artist' on a white background. The title is painted on a wooden sign shaped like an open book. Mim is standing in a Parisian square wearing a striped red and white top, red beret and blue skirt. She has a white bird on her shoulder, and she is smiling and waving. There is a poodle sitting for a portrait and an artist painting on an easel in the background.

Mim Cohen roams the world in a travelling bookshop, with her dad and brother and a horse called Flossy. Flossy leads them to the place where they're needed most. The place where the perfect book will find its way home.

Mim has arrived in Paris where she meets Pierre, a talented but anxious artist who cannot bear to give up his paintings, even to sell them. Mim knows they're here to help Pierre. To turn him into a successful artist. If only Mim could find him the right book.

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Who Dunnit, Eddie Woo? Team Trouble!

Eddie Woo | Primary

Front cover of Eddie Woo's book 'Who Dunnit, Eddie Woo? Team Trouble!' against a white background. The cover art features an illustrated person wearing a yellow shirt and green shorts riding a blue skateboard.

Eddie Woo Super Sleuth is ready for action and mystery. With a mind for maths and a nose for adventure, he is about to skateboard into ... danger.

When Eddie receives a cryptic message from Mr Appleby, a Woo family friend and resident of Sunny Side Aged Care, he is soon on a mission to thwart the evil plans of smugglers.

It's up to Eddie to crack the clues and improve his skateboarding so that he can enter the annual school Triple Threat Quest with his best friends Rusty and DT.

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Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon

Gabrielle Wang | Primary

Front cover of Gabrielle Wang's 'Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon' on a white background. The title is white on a night-sky background with light and dark blues, stars, the moon and a dog.

Meet Zadie Ma, a girl who writes magical stories that sometimes come true. Can Zadie bring to life her most important story of all... the one where she finds Jupiter, the dog of her dreams?

From one of Australia’s most esteemed and award-winning children’s authors comes a heartwarming story set in post-war Melbourne about courage, friendship, the magic of stories and one girl’s unwavering love for her dog.

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The Blood Traitor

Lynette Noni | Secondary

Front cover of Lynette Noni's 'The Blood Traitor' on a white background. The title is capitalised in a red font that fades to white. The background is an illustration of dark trees in the woods. Their branches meet in the centre to support a symbol of four interlocking rings with coloured gem stones.  

The eagerly awaited finale of the Prison Healer trilogy, from Australia's #1-bestselling YA author Lynette Noni.

Kiva is desperate to know if her friends and family are safe, and whether those she wronged can ever forgive her. But with the kingdoms closer to the brink of war than they’ve ever been, and Kiva far away from the conflict, more is at stake than her own broken heart.

Kiva can no longer just survive - she must fight for what she believes in. For who she believes in. But with danger coming from every side, and the lives of everyone she loves at risk, does she have what it takes to stand, or will she fall?

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Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell

Tobias Madden | Secondary

Front cover of Tobias Madden's book Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell

Noah is in love with his online best friend. Which is a huge problem, for the following reasons:

His crush has no idea.

Noah only knows him as his gaming avatar.

There's zero chance they'll ever meet in real life.

So, when Noah sees an opportunity to secretly meet his crush, he takes it. 

What could possibly go wrong? 

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Only a Monster

Vanessa Len | Secondary

Front cover of Vanessa Len's 'Only a Monster' on a white background. The title is in a capitalised, dirty gold font. In the background are roses, a dragon and a figure with grey hair, skin and lips.

Only a monster would kill a hero. Right? Joan Chang-Hunt has no idea she's part monster until she's thrust into a battle between the boy she has a crush on and one of the most ruthless monster families of London.

When the monsters of London are attacked, Joan is forced on the run with the heir to a monster family who are sworn enemies of her own. Her rare and dangerous power means she's being hunted. She'll have to embrace her own monstrousness if she is to save herself, and her family. Because in this story... she is not the hero.

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Where You Left Us

Rhiannon Wilde | Secondary

Front cover of Rhiannon Wilde's 'Where You Left Us' on a white background. The title is pink, in a hand script font. The book image is drawn in colour.There is a black and blue figure that looks like a person, walking on a sandy beach. There are wild waves crashing next to them. At the bottom of the image, there is another black and blue figure, that looks like a woman. She is looking out a window in the second story of a house. There is a seagull flying over the house. There is a quote from Kay Kerr that says: Vivid, tender and true.

Where You Left Us is one of the most anticipated releases of the year, a YA mystery-coming-of-age-romance, and the second young adult novel from Rhiannon Wilde, following the publication of her 2021 debut Henry Hamlet’s Heart.

A coming-of-age mystery that deals with sisterhood, family secrets, first love and how to find your way when you feel left behind. It’s about sisters, mental health, love and hate, history, and ghosts; think Wuthering Heights meets Sherlock Holmes, if Kristen Stewart played Heathcliffe and Holmes and Watson were teenagers with social anxiety – all set on the beach.

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All the Little Tricky Things

Karys McEwen | MWF Schools Host

Front cover of Karys McEwen's 'All the Little Tricky Things' on a white background. The title is yellow and white, and the font is outlined in blue. In the background is a young girl sitting on a hill in deep thought. The sky is pink, peach, yellow and blue.

It’s the start of the summer holidays and 12-year-old Bertie is worried. Next year she’s going to a high school in the city, while all her friends stay behind in Merri, the small town she’s lived in all her life.

All the Tricky Little Things is a charming, heartfelt novel about a time when everything is changing, and a girl who’s trying to make sense of it all.

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