The Naming of Tishkin Silk by Glenda Millard

The Naming of Tishkin Silk is one of the most moving books you will ever read.
Griffin Silk is an uncommon boy, born after Scarlet, Indigo, Violet, Amber and Saffron, on that most uncommon of days, the twenty-ninth of February. But he is not the last of the family to born.
Griffin has a secret in his heart, that no-one else knows, and that no-one else can be told, until Layla comes into Griffin’s life.
Glenda Millard is one of Australia’s finest writers for young people. She has a particular style, a finesse, and a way of helping you to see right to the heart of the matter.
Recommended for Younger Readers and beyond.

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Layla, Queen of Hearts by Glenda Millard

Layla needs a Senior Citizen to take to school for Senior Citizens Day. Griffin offers to share his grandma, Nell, but both Layla and Nell know that it’s not the same is having your own special person. So Layla, Nell and Griffin start a search for someone to become Layla’s special friend.
In typical fashion, Glenda Millard writes with passion and love of the problems that face children AND adults.
Recommended for Younger Readers and above.

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Love Ya Babe by Chris Higgins

Gabby has embarrasing parents (like we all do). She has a best friend and someone she likes. But the person she likes (Si) happens to be her best friend’s boyfriend!! When Si throws himself at her, Gabby goes along with it. Her mum annouces she’s having a baby but Gabby wants nothing to do with the baby. She throws herself into her school life but it comes crashing down on her when her best friend finds out what happened with Si. Gabby feels very alone. Her mum has the baby and doesn’t  want it. Gabby has to do it all.

Recommended for teens.

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A Bit of a Hero by Gervase Phinn

Tom’s life is in the toilet. His wonderful firefighting Dad has died, and Tom just doesn’t feel like anything is any good any more. He has given up the trumpet, and sport. To top it all off there’s a new kid in his class, Martin Roadhouse. Martin is a bully – the sort of bully who calls your ideas babyish behind the teacher’s back, who bumps you as you are drinking your snack drink, the sort of bully that the teachers can’t see because he is very good at hiding it. And Tom is one of his main targets.

When Tom’s mum invites Roy home to dinner, Tom thinks that this is as low as his life can get, But Martin has other plans for Tom – he’s only just begun his reign of terror at school.

Tom despairs of ever finding the courage to stand up to Martin, to tell his Mum how he really feels, and to find a way to remeber his Dad without all the pain and heartache. Will he be able to do it?

This is a great book if you are feeling down-in-the-dumps. Tom will take you with him on his journey of ups, and downs, and ups again.

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The Locket of Dreams by Belinda Murrell

Two young girls, Sophie and Jessica, are sent to their Nonnie’s house while their parents take some time to sort out their relationship. There is an underlying tension between the girls, the parents and the grandmother, where nothing is said, and yet everyone knows that something is going on.

While the girls are there they start looking at an old photo album, which has photos of their MacKenzie relatives, about which the girls know very little. Nonnie knows little more than the girls, just some names and some vague details about their lives. A photo of Charlotte MacKenzie, the girls’ great-great-great-grandmother, catches the interest of Sophie, as does a small locket that she finds in a box of keepsakes.

Sophie goes to sleep with the ‘borrowed’ locket hidden around her neck, and the adventures begin! Sophie is transported into the past – back to the time when Charlotte was a little girl. And for Charlotte and her little sister, Nell, life is about to become very sad and hard – more than they can possibly imagine.

This is a deftly written time-travelling adventure novel, complete with Lords, bad Uncles and Aunts, staunch friends, and a little taste of magic.

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