Headstrong journalist Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years ago. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna's bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case. However, Anna believes that Elly's fears for Toby, her young nephew who was snatched from St. Stephen's church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly's distress.
"Adequate Performance; Utterly Ridiculous Ending"
"This story does not begin on a boat." So commences Alice Pung’s memoir. This is an original take on a classic story - how a child of immigrants moves between two cultures. In place of piety and predictability, however, Unpolished Gem offers a vivid and ironic sense of both worlds. It combines the story of Pung’s life growing up in suburban Footscray with the inherited stories of the women in her family - stories of madness, survival, and heartbreak. Original and brave, this is a girl’s own story that introduces an unforgettable voice and captures the experience of Asian immigrants to Australia.
"I preferred the hardcopy book to the audio"
Everyone from Philomena's class will be at Toy Universe this Saturday. A silver ticket has been hidden in the store. And whoever finds it wins a mountain of toys! Philomena and her friends have a plan to find the silver ticket. But then Philomena gets stuck looking after her little brother, Tobias. If only she had some magic way to catch up with her friends.... She says the magic words - "I wish!" - but instead of seeing her rocket shoes, she and Tobias have become teeny weeny!
"Fun story for children 8 and under"
Full of suspense, mystery and humor, the books in this series follow Allie as she investigates a number of possibly paranormal events with a mix of logic, intelligence and teenage attitude. Who is writing on the walls? We moved into our new house because Mum liked the vibes. But those vibes turned scary when ghostly writing started appearing on the walls of Bethan's room. Mum tried a few new-age tricks, but couldn't stop the creepy nightmares.
In the third Allie's Ghost Hunters adventure, 11-year-old Allie Gebhardt and her Exorcists' Club hold a séance for schoolmate Bettina - and discover, in the process, that there's a strange presence in Bettina's house.
Philomena can't wait for school camp. She's sharing a hut with two of her best friends, Angie and Minna, and they'll stay awake all night and whisper. And then Philomena will surprise them with a special midnight feast! But when they get to camp, nothing quite goes to plan. In fact, the whole camp seems like a disaster. Can Philomena's wonderful wonder pen save the day?
Another deliciously spooky paranormal mystery for Allie's Ghost Hunters to solve, this time at the Jenolan Caves, where something is on the trail of Allie and her family. Who is waiting in the cave?
"Nice light listen..."
Who is haunting the cabin? After Eglantine vanished, I thought I was through with ghosts. Then I went on a school excursion to Hill end and found myself investigating a whole bunch of them. First there was the ghost of Granny Evans, pacing around the museum. And Eustace Harrow smashing things up in Taylor's Cottage. But when two of my classmates disappeared, I realized things were about to get serious.
"It wasn't very good"
The first book in a witty and magical new series from acclaimed childrens author Ian Bone.
Hi, I'm Philomena Wonderpen. My best friend, George, sometimes calls me Philomena Daydreamer. I looove daydreams. Imagine if you could draw your dreams with a magic pen. What would you draw? A beautiful black horse? A magic carpet? Or even better, would you make yourself the teacher? Then you could boss the whole class! If only daydreams could come true...
"A nice story and great presentation"
In the third Allie's Ghost Hunters adventure, eleven-year-old Allie Gebhardt and her Exorcists' Club hold a séance for schoolmate Bettina - and discover, in the process, that there's a strange presence in Bettina's house.
When Princess Glori wishes for a charming prince and he doesn't turn up, she becomes impatient and wishes again and again..."I wish he may, I wish he might, come sailing through though starry night. I wish he is, I wish he be, a charming prince who loves just me." Will Glori ever find her true prince?