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31 Oct 2014

Chapter Sample | Diary of a Wimpy Kid 09: Long Haul

Long-awaited ninth Wimpy Kid book | Available from Wednesday 5th November | $14.99pb / $17.99hb

BiP eNews

Timmy Failure 3: We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
Oct 2014 |Walker Books | $17.95hb

From the New York Times best-selling creator of Timmy Failure comes a third adventure about the comically overconfident sleuth.

His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods keep throwing him curveballs: for starters, academic probation. The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again! 

Recommended for 3+

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings
Jo Witek
Oct 2014 | Abrams | $19.99hb

We are often asked about books to help parents (and grandparents) explain emotions to their children. Some tend to be very simple, others much more complex, but what we like about this beautifully illustrated picture book is the way in which it lyrically explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: "When I get really angry, my heart feels like it's going to explode! Don't come near me! My heart is yelling, hot and loud. This is when my heart is mad." Toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. On the cover and the right side of each spread, a die-cut heart decreases in size, creating a multi-coloured heart the depth of the entire book.

3 Oct 2014

Signed Copies available at $49.95 while stock lasts

The Menzies Era
by John Howard

Oct 2014 | HarperCollins | $59.99hb      *$49.95

We have a limited quantity of signed copies of Hohn Howard’s new book available at the BiP price of $49.95

BiP eNews - Young Readers

Recommended for 8+

Awful Auntie
by David Walliams
Oct 2014 | HarperCollins | $19.99pb

Awful Auntie is a page-turning, rollicking romp of a read, sparkling with Walliams' most eccentric characters yet and full of humour and heart. From larger-than-life, tiddlywinks-obsessed Awful Aunt Alberta to her pet owl, Wagner – this is an adventure with a difference. Aunt Alberta is on a mission to cheat the young Lady Stella Saxby out of her inheritance – Saxby Hall. But with mischievous and irrepressible Soot, the cockney ghost of a chimney sweep, alongside her, Stella is determined to fight back… And sometimes a special friend, however different, is all you need to win through. 

BiP staff review by Cathy

Boy 21
Matthew Quick
Aug 2014 | Hachette | $16.99pb

Finley’s had a tough life. He lives in a bad neighbourhood where gangs rule the streets. He doesn’t say much at all  because he knows that talking can be dangerous. His mother was tragically killed when he was a young boy and his Dad and Pop have never really recovered from their loss. Two things keep Finley going - basketball and his girlfriend Erin. They both have huge talent and an all-consuming passion for the game and hope that basketball could be their ticket to a better life. When Finley’s coach asks him to look after a boy, Russ, whose parents were murdered, he reluctantly agrees. Russ is one of the most promising high school basketballers in the country but after his parents were killed, he changed his name to Boy 21, claimed he  was from outer space and refused to play basketball at all. Finley soon realises that his role of encouraging Russ to play again will most likely be at the expense of his own position in the team. Against all odds, a friendship develops between the two boys but while Russ seems to be getting his life together, Finley’s world is shattered when he is faced with losing the two things he loves most. There is so much to love about Boy 21. It is a clever, well written and, at times, heart wrenching story and is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying young adult novels that I’ve read this year. Very highly recommended for readers 14+.

The Princess in Black
by Shannon and Dean Hale & LeUyen Pham
Oct 2014 | Walker Books | $19.95hb

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret – she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From the award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

BiP eNews - New Fiction

BiP staff review by Leonie

The Alexandria Connection
by Adrian d’Hage
Oct 2014 | Michael Joseph | $29.99pb    * Available 22nd OCT

The eminently-qualified author Adrian d’HagĂ© has written a thrilling tale of politics, history and modern terrorism. Archaeologist Aleta Weizman and CIA agent Curtis O’Connor are on the trail of a long-lost papyrus which holds the promise of clues to the source of a new form of energy. Meanwhile, a clandestine group known as Pharos is meeting in Alexandria to bring chaos to international financial markets with a series of spectacular terrorist attacks on the world's fossil-fuel supplies. In Cairo, amid the anarchy of Tahrir Square, thieves break into the famed Museum of Antiquities and steal a priceless artefact: the mask of Tutankhamun. Is the audacious theft linked to the Pharos group? Fast-paced and well-researched, The Alexandria Connection will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. It would make a great Christmas present.

BiP staff review by Leonie

The Long Way Home
by Louise Penny
Sept 2014 | Sphere | $29.99pb

In the previous novel How the Light Gets In, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache was badly injured, both physically and mentally. Both Gamache and his junior officer, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, were attacked by corrupt officers in the Quebec police force. The new novel finds Armand and his wife settled into semi-retirement in the little village of Three Pines, where the tranquillity of life in the peaceful village is helping the healing process. Although Armand is on sick leave when a friend asks him to help to find her missing husband, he and Jean-Guy cannot refuse. They are drawn into the sometimes murky world of the Quebec art scene as they try to track down the missing man. One special treat in Louise Penny’s ‘Gamache’ novels is the way she portrays the Quebec countryside. Even if you have not read Louise Penny’s books before I am sure that you will enjoy this one.

BiP staff review by Christine

Hello from the Gillespies
by Monica McInerney
Oct 2014 | Michael Joseph | $29.99pb

The Gillespie family is like a lot of families – outwardly happy and loving, with well-adjusted children all doing well within their chosen fields. Or are they? For all of her married life Angela has sent a Christmas letter far and wide titled Hello from the Gillespies. Normally cheery and full of good news, this year the words will not flow. There are disquieting issues everywhere she looks: her husband Nick seems distracted and their relationship is strained; her thirty-two-year old twin daughters have both self-destructed in their careers; her daughter Lindy cannot find her niche and is drowning in debt, and her change-of-life young son has just run away from boarding school. Try as she might, Angela just cannot pretend any more... Hello from the Gillespies is an enjoyable light read which Monica McInerney does so well. It is perfect for those times when you just want to relax.