Books in Print

independent Australian bookselling since 1988

28 May 2013

KIMOCHIS! New to Australia, now in stock at Books in Print!

At Books in Print we are dedicated to children’s literature in all shapes and forms. Books and reading are so important for children’s enjoyment, learning and social development. We are constantly asked for books that deal with feelings and emotions for young children and were delighted to discover the Kimochi range of books and toys. We have had an incredibly positive response to the range from our customers. Most children are familiar with them already as they are used in many schools (including Malvern Central Primary) as a tool for helping children deal with issues like anger management or overcoming shyness. So feel free to come and have a look at the range and ask our children’s specialists about ways that Kimochis can help, entertain or comfort your child.

Social and emotional learning is the process through which children develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. Parents can use the Kimochi characters, story books and feelings to spark conversations, resolve conflicts and build a strong parent-child connection. Kimochis provide a tangible way to help children learn techniques for handling life’s challenging moments. And, when children can effectively express and communicate feelings, they build confidence, self-esteem, strong relationships and the foundations for social and academic success.

  • Kimochis Toys
    • Mini Toys $29.95
    • Includes 15cm character, comic book and feeling keychain
    • Box Sets $49.95
    • Includes 33cm character, 3 feelings and a how-to-Feel Guide
    • Mini Feelings $3.95 each, sold separately
  • Kimochis Picture Book Series
    • Cloud’s Best Worst Day Ever $24.95hb | Cloud was having the BEST day ever, until everything started to go wrong. Can Cloud manage his BAD mood without raining on everyone else’s parade?
    • Bug Makes a Splash $24.95hb | Bug is afraid of trying new things. When his friends invite him for a swim, can Bug overcome his scared feelings with brave ones and dive right in?
    • Cat’s not-so-perfect Sandcastle $24.95hb | Cat is determined to build a perfect sandcastle. When her friends come to help, can Cat remember to add teamwork and fun to the day?

23 May 2013

And The Mountains Echoed --- Chapter Sample

May 2013 | $32.99pb | Bloomsbury

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, the book that readers everywhere have been waiting six years for ...

Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways that we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history, and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.

9 May 2013

BiP eNews 09/05/2013

 Cry Blue Murder 
by Kim Jane and Marion Roberts $19.95 pb

** Limited number of signed copies available!
Celia and Alice begin an email correspondence when it becomes known that there is a killer on the loose, abducting schoolgirls. Three bodies have been found, each shrouded in hand-woven fabric. The girls’ friendship deepens as they share their hopes and fears, and from the police investigation, forensic reports and from the correspondence between the girls, the truth of the mystery unfolds. The novel is written in a true-crime style, which I really liked, and, no spoilers, but the ending definitely has the ‘Wow’ factor. I was completely captivated by this wonderful collaboration and could literally not put it down until I had finished it. Cry Blue Murder is a riveting, exciting and chilling young adult novel and it is set right here in Malvern!
- Review by Cathy.

Kim Kane is the author of the cool and quirky novel Pip – the story of Olive and of picture books Family Forest and The Unexpected Crocodile. She lives in Melbourne. Marion Roberts is the author of Sunnyside Up and Mostly Sunny and she also lives in Melbourne.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey $19.99 pb
In the first book of this new and exciting trilogy, Rick Yancey wanted to create a plausible novel about an alien invasion and he has really delivered the goods! The 5th Wave is a well-written and totally compelling, post-apocalyptic story with realistic and heroic characters, and non-stop action and suspense. It has been compared to “War of the Worlds” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” but it is the believability of this story that will appeal to today’s young adult readers. The 5thwave is sure to be a huge best seller and will appeal to the fans of the “Gone” series and the “Chaos Walking” trilogy. I really loved it and can’t wait for the next instalment. Recommended for readers 14+
- Review by Cathy.

Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (At Some Things) by L. Pichon $15.99 pb
Tom Gates is back for more hilarious adventures in book five of this incredibly popular series. Exciting news is afoot at Oakfield School! Mr. Fullerman has announced than Class 5F are going on an ‘Activity Break’. With all sorts of chaos on the cards, it should be BIG fun - as long as Tom doesn’t have to dorm with measly Marcus Meldrew!  
Winner of the Road Dahl Funny Prize, Red House Children’s Book Award and Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize, this series just gets better and better. Recommended for readers 8+

Truly Tan: Jinxed by Jen Storer $16.99 pb
We met Tan in “Truly Tan”. She’s bright and lively and has the mind of a great detective. Now Tan’s back in a new adventure and this could her biggest case yet. This case could make her famous. She’s bolder. She’s brighter. But is she jinxed? Fans of “Clarice Bean” will love this funny, feisty and imaginative character. Recommended for readers 8+

Joyous and Moonbeam by Richard Yaxley $16.99 pb
Joyous, the main character in this wonderful, clever and often very funny novel for young adults, never – no, not ever – fails to see the best in everyone and everything. When he meets Moonbeam, a young woman whose view of the world is looking a little bleak, Joyous knows that she needs his particular brand of help. The story unfolds through three different, distinct voices, and is, ultimately, one of the most uplifting and unlikely friendships I’ve read in young adult fiction for some time. Joyous’ attitude is infectious, and his use of language will have you “working things around” in no time. Highly recommended for readers 12+
- Review by Lucinda.

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart $14.95 pb
Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was simply a boy names Nicholas Benedict. Meet the boy who started it all... Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but he also has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments. Now he’s being sent to an new orphanage, where he will encounter vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances – and a mystery that could change his life forever! Luckily, he has one import thing in his favour; he is a genius. Fans of “The Mysterious Benedict Society” will be thrilled with this prequel which offers some insight into how Nicholas Benedict became the leader of a secret society of talented “brainiacs”. Recommended for readers 10+

Fancy Nancy – Fanciest Doll in the Universe by Jane O’Connor $19.99 hb
It’s always exciting when there’s a new Fancy Nancy and this one is sure to please! Fancy Nancy’s little sister is a handful, which is polite for really naughty. But when JoJo draws a tattoo on Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier, Nancy’s most glamorous and favourite doll, Nancy is LIVID (that’s fancy for trĂ©s angry and upset). So to make her feel better, Nancy attends a fancy doll party. But what if the doll drama isn’t over yet? Recommended for readers 3+

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld $22.95 hb
The creators of “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” are back with another fantastic book for bedtime. The dream train pulls into the station. One by one the train cars are loaded – polar bears pack the reefer car with ice-cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises load the autorack with race cars, kangaroos fill the hopper car with balls. With wonderful rhythmic, rhyming text, sweet and silly dreams and guaranteed for every train enthusiast. Recommended for ages 3+

2 May 2013

BiP eNews 02/05/2013

The Town That Drowned by Riel Nason $29.99 pb
This debut novel won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for its Canadian author, Riel Nason. In writing it she pays tribute to the area where she grew up, along the St. John River in New Brunswick. The submerged old bridge of her childhood memories inspired this telling of the flooding of a town in the name of progress. The events are seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Ruby Carson, who is a real character. She winds us into her world and forces us to contemplate the fall-out from a whole town going under. Well worth reading!
- Review by Sue.

Last Friends by Jane Gardam $29.99 pb  ** BiP Price $26.95
Last Friends is the last book in the Old Filth trilogy. Central to the book is the story of the very unusual early life of Sir Terence Veneering, Sir Edward Feather’s arch rival. Veneering was the son of a Russian acrobat and a young English girl. Marooned in north-east England, he escaped the war to emerge in the Far East as a man of panache, success and fame, yet at the stuffy English Bar he was always regarded with suspicion: where did this louche, brilliant Slav come from? Jane Gardam’s wonderful, witty turn of phrase will engage readers of Old Filth and The Man in the Wooden Hat.
- Review by Leonie.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khalded Hosseini $32.99 pb  ** BiP Price $27.95

May 21st will see the publication of the new novel by Khaled Hosseini. And the Mountains Echoed is a novel which spans generations and continents in a series of interconnected stories which move from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, and how the choices we make resonate through history.

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live in the small village of Shadbagh. To Abdullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their skulls touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand.