“It is called the Elemental Control. And it is failing. The elements are mere ghosts of their full forces. And, as it fails Delphi, I start to die. I need you to save me, the future of your home, and a very powerful boy.”
Delphi is alone in places with strange secrets and rules, with the fate of her world on her shoulders, and although she makes many friends she also attracts more dangerous attention…
Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse (Released 7 October 2019)
by Lee Murray
Chaos’ latest game is positively epic. Just look at the trailer: the hero Bastion Axestone striding through the city streets, fireballs exploding around him and zombies staggering in his wake. Seb can’t wait to play it. He downloads the works. Explosive effects, 3D upgrade, heavy metal soundtrack and a subliminal quotient—whatever that is.
But the next day, Seb and his friends wake up to an apocalypse. Their teachers are missing in action, coach doesn’t come to practice, and Seb’s dad spends all day in his pyjamas. Even worse, not only has Mum not been in to work, she hasn’t bothered to brush her teeth. It’s beginning to look as if every grown-up in Bridgetown—possibly the entire world—has been zombified. They’re obsessed with their personal electronic devices and it’s all Seb’s fault because he’s the one who downloaded the game in the first place. Now, he has to fix it. But how? It’s not as if he can un-download the game. Along with his best mate, Darren, and Talia, The Prettiest Girl in School, Seb has to figure out how to reverse the effect of the computer virus. But in the meantime, the zombies need feeding, Seb’s little sister, Ava, needs minding, and someone has to walk the dog…
It must have been the drumming that woke him. Why did he feel so uneasy? Phil was gone.
“I thought you’d never see me.”
Ivan took a step back, tripped, and sprawled on the ground. A girl was perched on a small platform near the top of the pole.
“We have to go. Now.”
Ivan wants to get away from his life and the small town where he lives, and finds himself in a place where everything is disturbingly the same, and yet unnervingly different. Cassie thinks Ivan is clueless, while he thinks she’s the prettiest – and most annoying – girl he’s ever met.
Meanwhile the sensitive Reenie and the enigmatic Phil have other complications to untangle. Ivan, Cassie, Reenie and Phil will have to do a lot of thinking, motorbike riding and taking the unexpected in their stride, and will need to draw on courage they didn’t know they had, before they can find what is lost and get to where they want to be.
Switch (sequel to Drums and Power Lines) (NEW RELEASE)
by Rowena Evans
Ivan hurried away from the ridge. His heart beat fast and his hands were shaking. The shock of seeing Cal appear was considerable. Yes, he and Reenie had persuaded Hugo to play his drums at sunset, but Ivan realized now that the last thing he expected was to succeed.
Ivan, Cassie and Wilfred, Reenie and Cal desperately miss each other; the friendships they made in their similar but different parallel worlds six months ago.
When Cal reappears in Ivan and Reenie’s world, the turmoil and restlessness that has lurked in each of them explodes into real life, throwing all, and the unsuspecting Jess, into a whirlwind of adventure, uncertainty and discovery.
Switch is the sequel to Rowena Evans’ novel, Drums and Power Lines.
When Brave woke up that first, life-changing day, he had no idea that pretty soon he’d be controlling the weather, talking to royalty and journeying to another world. Let alone riding a camel. Life in the mysterious world of Arvalonia, where magic springs from the nature around you, couldn’t be more different to his ordinary existence back home. Especially when he meets True…bossy, rich, driven teenager True who’s out to make his life a misery.
Brave and True venture deep into enemy territory; facing a month without a bath, nipping stinkbuggies, evil ruler Mallevia’s ruthless green guards and eventually a battle with the vile queen herself.
Curtis Creed and the Lore of the Ocean
by Rebecca Fraser
In the coastal Queensland town of Midnight Cove, thirteen-year-old Curtis Creed’s world is falling apart. Once a talented upcoming surfer, he cannot bring himself to return to the ocean. His inability to overcome his fear earns him the ridicule of his older brother, Dylan. Worse, his family is struggling to cope with the loss of their father in a rock fishing accident.
The summer holiday looks long and lonely for Curtis until he meets Navaya, a mysterious sea dweller he rescues from fishing line in a rock pool.
When Curtis agrees to help Navaya find the Moami, the key to an undersea cavern hiding her people’s most precious secrets, he embarks on a dangerous quest that sees him join forces with awkward but brilliant new girl in town, Morgan.
Will Curtis be able to overcome his fears to return the Moami to its rightful owners before Navaya’s enemies succeed in their deadly mission? Was his father’s death really an accident? And what exactly is the lore of the ocean?
The Guardians of St. Giles series
(Book 1: Olivia Stone and the Trouble With Trixies, Book 2: Olivia Stone and the Dread of the Dreamers NEW RELEASE)
by Jeffery E Doherty
Book 1: Olivia Stone and the Trouble With Trixies
Can a broken young girl help a guilt-ridden grotesque stop the monsters?
An Unprotected City
The Grotesques have been taken down from the roof of St. Giles Old Priory School. With the Guardians statue-trapped, there is no one left to protect Haven from the monsters.
Despite crippling injuries from a falling grotesque statue, twelve-year-old Olivia Stone finds herself on the front lines in the battle between Good and Evil. Olivia needs to rescue Yip, the smallest living grotesque and the cause of her accident, discover the hidden power locked within her, and find a way to outwit the trixies. But trixies know every trick in the book, and while they may look sweet and childlike, something nasty is drawing these solitary pests together and their pranks are turning deadly.
Book 2: Olivia Stone and the Dread of the Dreamers
“I don’t like spiders…they give me the shivers.” Olivia shudders to prove her point.
Dreamweavers feed on the dread and despair of their victims. To help Yip stop their nightmarish infestation of the city, Olivia has to prowl dark streets, brave the boy’s toilet, and break into the old Haven Asylum.
She must face her greatest fear, the mother of all spiders, if she has any hope of saving her friend, Emmett.
written and illustrated by Rowena Evans
Wallace Emmet Keyes has so many problems he doesn’t know which way to turn. Everyone at the new school makes fun of him. His cousin can’t stand him. For the last month he’s lived with Aunty Jay, Raa and Raiona in a tiny flat in the city instead of at home with his parents. But these are distractions from the big problem: both his mother and father have run away from home.
The Zeke Hailey Series
(Book 1: The Infinity Trap, Book 2: Gravity’s Eye, Book 3: The Particle Beast, Book 4: Electron’s Blade) Book 4 released 1 November 2019
by Ian C Douglas
Book 1: The Infinity Trap
How far would you go to find your missing father? For Zeke Hailey, a teenager living in the 23rd century, even Mars is not too far. Zeke’s dad is one of the Mariners, a mysterious elite of psychics who have conquered Outer Space. Now he’s vanished on a secret mission.
Book 2: Gravity’s Eye
Zeke Hailey is struggling with life at the Chasm, the 23rd century school for psychics. His extrasensory skills have dried up and there’s a prehistoric robot out to kill him. Zeke and his new friend Fitch team up with an old foe, setting off on a Martian road trip. But this search for answers will bring them face to face with monsters and, most dangerous of all, a demon from beyond time.
Book 3: The Particle Beast
They say the truth can set you free. Yet on Mars the truth can kill. Zeke Hailey is happy enough at the Chasm, the 23rd century school for psychics. But an answer to a secret throws his life into chaos. Now Zeke must choose between his friends and his missing father. Mars, however, isn’t ready to let him go.
Book 4: Electron’s Blade
It’s war! Ruthless terrorists force the Governor of Mars into military action. Only one boy can stop the bloodshed. Psychic teenager Zeke Hailey speaks the ancient Martian language. He alone can figure out the riddle of Electron’s Blade. This mysterious alien artefact may hold the secret to peace on the red planet.
The Brumbies series
by Paula Boer
This five-volume Brumbies series follows the adventures of Louise and Ben, and their love of the rugged mountains where the wild brumbies roam. Through floods and illegal culling of the horses, winter storms and hardy endurance riding, these stories will delight and excite young readers. For ages 10 to 14.