The Golden Door by Emily Rodda

The Golden Door is the first book in The Three Doors Trilogy by Emily Rodda

It is exciting to see a new fantasy quest series from Emily Rodda.  The Golden Door is filled with adventure, mystery, magic, amazing worlds and some rather terrifying creatures… I could not put this book down!


The walled city of Weld is under attack from ferocious flying creatures that raid in the night, bringing death and desctruction. The Warden calls for Volunteers to find and destroy the Enemy who is sending the invaders. The heroes of Weld answer the call one by one, never to return. Rye is officially too young to go, but his brothers are among the lost, and he must find them.


Read The Golden Door to discover the answers to these questions and more…

What lies beyond the Wall of Weld?

Which of the three doors will Rye choose to open?

Will Rye be able to find his missing brothers?

Can Rye find the evil power controlling the vicious skiffers that terrorise his home of Weld?

What powers do the contents of the brown bag hold?

Who is the fiesty girl Sonia who befriends Rye?


Henry the Goat by Ella Watkins

At the moment our students are participating in a Writing Challenge at our school.  I thought 15 year old Ella Watkins might just inspire them!

Ella Watkins is the author of  “Henry’s Holiday” and  “Henry the Goat”

Photo courtesy The Mercury
Ella first drew Henry when she was 8 years old in Grade 3 when she had to draw a goat for a poem.  Ella drew Henry again at home for her parents and slowly Henry began to develop a life of his own in her lively water colour  illustrations.  
Ella became an author at the age of 13 when she brought Henry to life in his first book “Henry’s Holiday” and now she has written “Henry the Goat”.  


Ella describes Henry

Henry is no ordinary goat. You have never met a more enthusiastic, positive goat. He has grand ideas and plans and a great confidence to attempt anything he can think of…..

Henry lives an ordinary life but with the help of his imagination, a simple walk to the corner store can become an adventure. He passes most of his time with his two best friends Rufus and Oscar.

Ella has even more adventures planned for Henry.  Find out more at Henry the Goat’s website

Too Small to Fail by Morris Gleitzman

What do you do when your mum, your dad and sixteen camels are in trouble – and only you can save them?

Too Small to FailOliver’s parents are very busy and important people who own a bank.  Oliver on the other hand is not very good at maths and all he wants in the world is to have his own puppy.  Oliver’s family’s life is turned upside down when the global financial crisis hits and his ex-nanny takes unusual measures to get her money back. It’s up to our hero Oliver to take matters into his own hands with many unexpected twists and turns…

“The sometimes sad but mostly funny story of a boy, a girl, a dog and four trillion dollars”



You can listen to a little bit of the first chapter here… 

What Body Part is That?

What body part is that?

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are back having lots of fun with their latest book called What Body part is That?  Don’t expect a normal every day information book from these two masters of humour.  Andy Griffiths’ website has this to say about the book…

There is a lot of nonsense written about the human body, and this book is no exception.

In its 68 fully illustrated, 100 per cent fact-free chapters, ‘What Body Part is That?’ will explain everything you ever needed to know about your body without the boring technical jargon and scientific accuracy that normally clog up the pages of books of this type.

Never again will you be stuck for an answer when somebody comes up to you, points to a part of your body and demands to know: ‘What Body Part is That?

You have been warned…

The Legend of the Golden Snail by Graeme Base

The latest book by Graeme Base is The Legend of the Golden Snail.



Inspired by the tale of a Magical Golden Snail banished to the Ends of the Earth by a  Grand Enchanter, a young boy named Wilbur sets out on a daring voyage to find a legendary snail and claim it as his own.  Along the way he encounters strange creatures and overcomes many challenges.  Finally he reaches the Ends of the Earth, but what he finds there is not quite as he imagined….

 See if you can find the snail’n’crossbones symbols hidden in every illustration

Watch the book trailer to find out more…



Graeme Base explains how you can use Augmented Reality to sail the Golden Snail for yourself…how cool!!! 



 Go and explore Graeme Base’s website and complete the CHALLENGE so you can activate your webcam and sail the Golden Snail for yourself!!