Posts Tagged ‘Allen & Unwin’

First, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. I hope there were one or two books in your Christmas goodies too. I also want to wish you all a great, happy and healthy 2014.

There is a wonderful new series called Through my eyes where the first two books were published this year and another two coming in 2014. They are gritty, moving novels aimed at readers perhaps aged 10 through 12 or 13. They deal with the day to day struggle of surviving in areas of conflict.

Shahana
By Rosanne Hawke

“Shahana lives alone with her young brother in the shadow of the Line of Control, the border patrolled by Pakistani and Indian soldiers that divides Kashmir in two. Life is hard, but Shahana ekes out a living with her beautiful embroidery. Then she finds a boy lying unconscious near the border. Zahid is from across the Line of Control, and Shahana takes a terrible risk by sheltering him. But how can she give Zahid up to the authorities when she knows he’ll be imprisoned – or worse?”
I love the music in this trailer. It has a quiet beauty to it letting us know that this book will impact on us as readers.

Amina
by J.L. Powers

“The year is 2011, and Somalia’s civil war has been raging for two decades. Amina’s world is shattered when government forces come to arrest her artist father and rebel forces kidnap her brother. Can Amina use her own street art to provide a voice for others like herself?”

For those readers who loved the Parvana series by Deborah Ellis, I think this series will be ideal. I do urge you, especially if you are a teacher or librarian, to check out the teacher notes available on the Through my eyes website.

The troubletwisters
By Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Jaide and Jack Shield are twins, who after a series of strange events are sent to live with Grandma X. Grandma X is strange enough on her own but throw in talking cats and wild weather and you have a mix of fantasy and mystery just ripe for readers age 10 upwards.
It isn’t long before the twins discover they have magical powers and they are suddenly forced to use their powers to fight evil and protect the world.

Evil continues to follow the twins and create havoc but this time they must search Rourke Castle for the mysterious Golden Card of Translocation. Will they be able to defeat evil or will survival cost them everything.
Grab the first book in this series and start on this scary adventure.

The mystery of the Golden Card
Book 3 is out this month!
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The monster
Book 2

Troubletwisters
Book 1

Unforgotten
By Tobhy Riddle
Allen & Unwin

“Nobody knows where they come from.
But they come.
Impossible birds of the big sky
and the long night…”

I love this book. It is a thought provoking hardback picture/fiction book of few words. The illustrations tell us so much more than words. We are encouraged to be aware of others and to remember them and the impact on our lives or the lives of others. The illustrations are a mix of photographic collage and drawings mostly in darker shades. The choice of shadowy colours suggests so much around us is unseen or un-noticed. Or worse – fogotten! I could spend hours reading and re-reading this book. Something new to look at every time. It is both beautiful and haunting. Definitley a 5 out of 5.
The music for the trailer is perfect for the book.

For teachers there are teaching notes available here.

On two feet and wings
By Abbas Kazerooni

Kids and war should not mix but the reality is that they do. For some children life is based on a daily struggle just to survive. If you have read any of the Parvana books by Deborah Ellis or any of Morris Gleiztman books about Felix then this is for you too. Set during the Iran-Iraq War, nine year old Abbas has to leave his family and friends to escape Tehran. War is at its worst and if he does not escape now then very soon he will be enlisted to fight. He arrives in Istanbul where struggle continues. Courage is what he needs but how will he find it when he is all alone?