Saturday 16 June 2018


We are now showcasing the amazing achievements of Buzz Words readers each month in our blog. We hope that you support each and every one of them!

Janet Reid has an early reader, Trouble for Toby (Wombat Books) being released this month. Toby has one mission at school: to stay out of trouble! Only then will his parents let him have a pet. But that's just it, Toby has trouble staying out of trouble. Will he ever get a pet? And if he does, what pet will he choose?

The book is brought to life with illustrations by Amanda Francey and is ideal for the young reader seeking the challenge of a short chapter book. The book will be launched on Saturday 16 June – 1.30pm at The Artist CafĂ© and Gallery, 662 Samford Road, Mitchelton, Qld, 4053. All welcome!
Congratulations to Bill Condon for his two acceptances from NSW School Magazine, a poem ‘Swish Swash’ and a play called ‘Snow White and the Seven Sumos.’

Wow, what wonderful news: Debra Tidball’s interactive picture book The Scared Book, has won the SCWBI Crystal Award for books published in Australia and New Zealand!
Well, done Debra! Everyone is so pleased for you.
Congratulations to Al Tait who has been invited to participate in the Word Play program designed for students from prep to year 12, at The Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) from 4 to 7 September. Word Play will also present professional development sessions for teachers featuring a selection of authors and illustrators, and an Online Literature Festival, which will connect Word Play authors with students and educators in regional Queensland.
Here’s a new book, Olivia Stone and the Dread of the Dreamers by Jeffery E Doherty
"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 must 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.

 Jeffery E Doherty’s new middle grade novel, Olivia Stone and the Dread of the Dreamers, Book 2 of The Guardians of St Giles series will be on sale in Australia, UK and New Zealand on 1 August 2018, and is available for pre-order until the 11th July 2018, through IFWG Publishing Australia.  
As a bonus, the first 50 people pre-ordering the title will also receive a signed, illustrated book plate.

A new book out this month is The Fastest Ship in Space by Pamela Freeman (new edition published by Christmas Press under its Second Look Publishing imprint), with brand new cover and internal illustrations by Yvonne Low.  Yvonne created the cover illustrations (see left) initially in pencil then finished them digitally, and the internal illustrations were created in pencil, pen and ink.                                                  ***

How wonderful for Rachel Noble to have her debut book, Finn’s Feather, illustrated by Zoey Abbott, released this month by New South Publishing and published by Enchanted Lion based in Brooklyn, US. It is a gentle and touching story about a little boy grieving the loss of his brother.

Finn knows his brother is gone. But he also knows that Hamish sent the beautiful white feather on his doorstep. Finn runs to show his mother the feather from Hamish, but she only gives him a big hug. In school, Finn’s teacher responds similarly. Why isn’t anyone as excited as he is?

Finn’s Feather is a story about resilience and memory— about a child, his brother, and a friend who meets him where he is. The author was inspired to write Finn’s Feather, following the loss of her son Hamish in 2012. Rachel says she enjoys writing for children, particularly stories that sensitively empower them to navigate big feelings. Rachel loves rainbows, the beach and of course, feathers. She is lucky to get all of this in Queensland Australia, where she lives.

In two days’ time, Rachel will head to the US to launch Finn’s Feather at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. She will also visit bookstores in Alabama and Mississippi and will appear at the American Booksellers Association Children’s Institute.  She has included a few links to reviews of the book.
Congratulations to Sarah Epstein whose book Small Spaces (Walker Books Australia) is on the shortlist of Readings Young Adult Book prize In the book, Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing. As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again.

It’s terrific to hear that Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts (A&U) by Lesley Gibbes illustrated by Stephen Michael King, has been shortlisted in the Red Dot Book Children’s Choice Awards 2017-2018 in the Younger Readers category by the International School Libraries Network in Singapore.

Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts (Kane Miller) has also been included on the Banks Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year list in America. The list is one of the most comprehensive annotated book lists for children, aged infant -16. The committee reviews over 6,000 titles each year for accuracy and literary quality and considers their emotional impact on children. It chooses the best 600 books, both fiction and nonfiction, which it lists with annotations, according to age and category. 

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