Here are the books I will read over the next few weeks as we enjoy our Summer holidays here in Australia. I have included part of the blurb from each book as a taster.
The girl who circumnavigated fairyland in a ship of her own making by Catherynne M Valente
"Gather up your courage. Scoop up some wishes. Grab a little pinch of luck ... and prepare to be swept away, in a ship of your own making, to a land unlike any other."
The Horses didn't come home by Pamela Rushby
"In an army camp in a Middle Eastern desert, a young Australia soldier named Harry is saddling and grooming his horse, Bunty. She is sturdy and strong: an Australia waler who belongs to Harry's sister, Laura, back home in Australia. ... A few soldiers watch them as they ride out. No one says a word. It's their last ride together."
Soraya the storyteller by Rosanne Hawke
I am re-reading this one with a view to buying a class set for our Grade Six students.
"Soraya is a story teller. The stories from Afghanistan keep her memories alive in Australia, as she starts a new life under the shadow of a Temporary Protection Visa."
The Monster Odyssey - The eye of Neptune by Jon Mayhew
"Prince Dakkar, heir to an Indian kingdom, has been expelled from the best schools in England. Now he's stuck with the mysterious Count Oginski, genius inventor of a top secret machine: the world's first submersible."
I also have two books which link with Shakespeare which I am reading for our Grade 5 and 6 classes.
King of Shadows by Susan Cooper
"The plague? Nobody's had the plague for centuries. A young actor, Nat Field, wakes up on morning to find himself in the past, in 1599, acting at the Globe Theatre. His co-star is the King of Shadows himself: William Shakespeare. Nat's new life is blazing with excitement and edged with danger, but why is he here?"
Shakespeare's secret by Elise Broach
"With a Shakespearean name like Hero, moving towns is never easy. A least this time there's the search for the missing Murphy diamond - rumoured to be somewhere in her new house - to take her mind off things. But that's not the only mystery. How come old Mrs Roth know so much about it? And why is Danny, the most popular kid in school, so eager to help?"