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7 Mar 2017

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Anna Walker    $24.99 HB

Anna Walker’s illustrations have a quiet beauty to them, all pencil and watercolour softness to match the subtle moods her well-chosen words paint. Florette is a beautiful picture story about a young girl called Mae whose family have moved to a new home, a flat without a garden, and it is the green spaces of the old place that Mae misses most. Her mum tells Mae that she can make a new garden, but can she? The discovery of a wonderful green paradise in the heart of the city may just be what Mae needs to get things under way! From the cover illustration to the glorious foliaged end papers and the final, happy drawing on the last page, this is a very special book. Ages 4 and up.    BiP staff review by Lucinda

Aaron Blabey    $16.99 HB

From the best-selling author of Pig the Pug and Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas comes another hilarious picture book that will make you laugh out loud. “Lou was busting for the loo. But yikes! The loo had quite a queue. What on earth was Lou to do?” Try as he might, Lou just cannot convince the others in the queue of the urgency of his problem! Very funny stuff from one of the best picture book makers, and fans will not be disappointed. Ages 3 and up.    BiP staff review by Lucinda

Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far
Catharina Valckx and Nicolas Hubesch     $19.99 PB

Bruno, the cat in the checkered cap, takes life as it comes. When it is too rainy to go outside, he rustles up an inside picnic with his friends. When he meets a fish swimming in the air, he follows it. Why not! When the canary forgets how to sing, Bruno helps out. Days come and go, and for Bruno they always bring something interesting. And once in a while, a day comes along that is just about perfect. These six short stories about Bruno are full of friendship and the little moments that make life good. Perfectly pitched at emerging readers, the full-colour illustrations make this a great little book to encourage independent reading. Ages 7 and up    BiP staff review by Lucinda

The Cruelty
Scott Bergstrom     $18.99 PB

A ground-breaking YA thriller following a diplomat's daughter from New York to Europe's criminal underworld in search of her kidnapped father, The Cruelty is the first venture from a new YA voice. When Gwendolyn Bloom realizes that her father has been kidnapped, she must take matters into her own hands. She traces him from New York City across the dark underbelly of Europe, taking on a new identity to survive in a world of brutal criminal masterminds. As she slowly leaves behind her schoolgirl self, she realizes that she must learn the terrifying truth about herself. What price will she pay to save her father? Both Karen and Cath loved this utterly compelling thriller. Ages 15 and up.    BiP staff review by Lucinda

Bone Gap
Laura Ruby     $19.99 PB

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps - gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza goes missing, the people of Bone Gap aren't surprised. After all, it is not the first time someone has slipped away and left Finn and Sean O'Sullivan on their own. But Finn knows that is not what happened with Roza. He knows she was taken, ripped from the cornfields by a man whose face he cannot remember. Sadly, no one believes him anymore. Well, almost no one. Petey Willis, the beekeeper's daughter, suspects that lurking behind Finn's fearful shyness is a story worth uncovering. But as we, like Petey, follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap - their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures - the truth about what happened to Roza is slowly revealed. And it is stranger than you can possibly imagine.
I adored this novel. With all of my heart. Everything in it sparkles; story, character and place are woven together with beautiful words in a way that is unique and refreshing. Highly recommended for readers of 15 and beyond. Ages 15 and up.    BiP staff review by Lucinda