A Christmas Menagerie

ChristmasMenagerieThis delightful Australian collection of short stories, edited by Beattie Alvarez, brings together a number of original tales by popular authors including Gabrielle Wang, Sherryl Clark, Michael Pryor, Janeen Brian and Sophie Masson plus some emerging talents. Between the pages you will meet a Clever Wombat, Santa’s Helper, Barney Brown and the Christmas Cake, The Christmas Turtle, a Pony for Sale, and several more stories filled with the enchantment of Christmas.

Ideal for reading aloud at the end of a busy school day – or tucked up in bed as you count down to Christmas. This quality publication is set off with silhouette Christmas headers on each page, coloured illustrations and well spaced text on glossy pages. Kathy Creamer, Fiona McDonald, Beattie Alvarez, Ingrid Kallick, and Yvonne Low have illustrated the collection and provide varied interpretations throughout.

Paperback, 234×180 size, 70 pages of stories plus brief bio of each contributor.
Available from INT Books for schools and libraries across Australia.
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Dig Too Deep – Amy Allgeyer

digtoodeepDig Too Deep is a powerful novel to engage middle and senior high school readers, a worthy winner of the 2017 Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult-Fiction.

Poisoned wells.    A bloody cough.    Secrets.    And silence.
This is the story of a town that looked the other way.
And a girl who didn’t.

Amy Allgeyer provides a strong sense of presence and earthiness, evocatively portraying the gritty and poisoned mining town community living below Tanner’s Peak in Kentucky. The story combines realistic teen fiction, crime, mystery, danger, love, loss and the fickleness of friendship and family. Cleverly employing double entendres from the title onward, readers are quickly caught up the in the rapidly downward spiraling life of 17 year old Liberty Briscoe whose mother ash been imprisoned for violent political protest, Liberty is forced to leave her privileged life in Washington to live with her granny in Ebbottsville, Kentucky. The serious illness of the her grandmother, the undrinkable orange tap water, the disappearance of the ‘peak’ of Tanner’s Peak through mountain top mining and the blind apathy and acceptance of the community raise serious concerns for Liberty. She starts to investigate and is soon plunged into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger. Her drive for answers and justice lead to even tougher questions—should she turn to violence and end up like her mother or give up her quest for the sake of keeping the peace?

A strong and passionate story that provides many starting points to explore issues, activism, sustainable mining and environmental protection. Information and teaching resources are available from Amy’s website.

This novel would support investigations in Year 8 Geography: Landforms and landscapes with strong parallels and opportunities for comparison between global practices in mining and sustainability.

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From the Grave – Monster or Die: Book 1

Cynthia Reeg has crafted a wonderfully clever novel in From the Grave, targeting middle school readers – independent primary monster fans and witty enough to cross over into the secondary arena. Ideal for those who love anything monsterish and who appreciate absurd and clever innuendo and language mashups – this is sure to engage.

FromTheGraveThe young hero, Frankenstein Frightface Gordon, is totally the wrong shade of ghastly green—pale, baby blue, in fact—and he’s more concerned with keeping his pants neat and tidy than scaring the pants off his victims. He is one of a crew of misfits that do not fit the ‘monster norm’ and are the but of ridicule and bullying – most horribly inflicted by Malcolm McNastee, the bullying troll. When a new law is passed to rid Uggarland of misfits such as Frank, he must decide if he will become the monster his parents can be proud of or be the monster he can be proud of.

Each chapter is prefaced with a quote from the Monster Book of Rules and Frank and his group pretty much fail all of them. Monster Rule #9: A monster’s appearance should incite fear and significant revulsion to scare the socks off mere humans. With Frank’s obsession with neat clothes and carefully groomed hair, alongside his best mummy friend Oliver, who can’t seem to keep his wrappings on, it is no wonder they are the shame of Uggerland and the despair of Principal Snaggle.

Clever language – Frigthnight , Shocktober, Mushington Way, Snotfargle – will keep readers giggling throughout. Shifting points of view between Frank and Malcolm add depth and different points of view. However, there is more to this book than a tale of monsters and a bundle of laughs. Cynthia Reeg harnesses this fiendish woIntoShadowLandsrld to tell a heartfelt story of not fitting in and being true to yourself. There are lots of great themes and lessons here, particularly about how our society treats people (or monsters) who are outside of the norm and bullying, all made accessible as they are drenched in monster pus, terrifying roars and covered in dirt, grime and bat poop.

Watch out for Monster or Die Book 2: Into the Shadowlands available in October 2017.

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Be A Document Detective

Developing historical inquiry skills is fundamental to understanding our past. The Be A Document Detective series introduces primary aged students to four key primary sources that inform historical investigations. Language, layout, images and content are carefully combined to target Years 3 to 6 reading and interest levels.

Be an Artifact Detective and learn about learn objects from the past as primary sources and discover how they can be used to answer questions.
Be a Diary Detective and examine letters and diaries as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.
Be a Speech Detective and discover how speeches, interviews and oral histories help us find out about the lives, beliefs and policies of people in the past.
Be a Photograph Detective and learn how to examine photographs as primary sources and discover how they can be used to study the past.

This series supports directly supports the Australian HASS Curriculum by addressing the required historical inquiry skills across the primary grades. Each book provides a springboard into different primary sources and how they provide clues to the past.

Available from INT Books for schools and libraries across Australia.
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Tokens and Omens – Jeri Baird

Wow! – What a fantastic teen read in this first title in a trilogy being written by Jeri Baird.

baird_tokens_omensSet in Puck’s Gulch, in a country that aimed (but failed) to have all tribes equal, the 16 year-olds in the village must undergo a quest to discover their talents and future place in the community. Leading up to the trial the teenagers are trained and Fate is a constant presence, handing out Tokens for good deeds and Omens for wrongdoings. Even with their unique magical gifts, Fate seems determined to stop them from completing their dangerous rite of passage—can they break the rules and cheat Fate?

Zander trusts Fate and has had experience living and surviving in the forest whilst helping his father in the fur trade. Alexa only trusts herself and tires to control her encounters. With others in the group their is a telling mix of friendship and trust and animosity and bad deeds. How can the group survive when there are more evil omens than good tokens to overcome them.


Jeri Baird has created a believable and engaging alternate world with a strong underlying theme of earning your place in the world and taking responsibility for the choices you make. The challenge throws a divergent group of teenagers with different classes, talents and attitudes together. Relationships are volatile at times but also demonstrate deep bonds of friendships, compassion and trust. Tokens and Omens offers everything that you could ask for in teen fantasy with strong male and female protagonists, adventure, excitement and a challenging quest to survive. I can’t wait for the next installment –  Curses and Warfare.

As well as providing an engaging high interest read for pleasure, Tokens and Omens has great potential to stimulate class discussion and debate. An excellent opening to explore the Ethical Understanding and Personal and Social capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.

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Zap! Engaging Science Series

The Zap! series is packed with fascinating facts and stunning photographs to help primary aged children explore the world of sciences in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry and geology.

NaturalWorld    AmazingAnimals   ScienceSuperhero   FutureWorld

In Natural World children can discover awe-inspiring facts about the climate and terrain of our planet and beyond, from volcanic eruptions to gigantic mountains.


In Amazing Animals children can discover the unbelievable abilities of various species. What is an elephant made from? How do some creatures use camouflage? All these questions and more are answered inside!

In Science Superhero children can learn how humans transcend their physical limitations. How do we plumb the depths of the ocean? How can we survive car crashes? All these questions and more are answered inside!



In Future World children can learn about amazing scientific developments that will revolutionise the world and our everyday lives.


This series supports the Australian Science Curriculum across each content area. They are also highly topical to engage students in non-fiction reading for pleasure and personal interest.

Available from INT Books for schools and libraries across Australia. For personal orders in Australia you can order direct at intbooks.online.

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Simple Machines in my Makerspace


Simple Machines in my Makerspace is a cleverly designed series that combines the scientific principles of simple machines alongisde those underpinning Makerspaces. As students learn about different simple machines there are opportunities to apply and test the scientific principles through simple projects. Each title focuses on one simple machine and its construction as a jumping-off point into maker-inspired projects. Children are guided through the process so that they will become familiar with the skills required for working in Makerspaces—communication, collaboration, creativity, and problem solving—whilst thinking about and evaluating each stage of development.

Each title describes the structure through clear and simple text, images and diagrams. Readers are provided with step-by-step instructions to help children construct each machine followed with strategies to start their own creative projects to apply their learning.

This series supports the Australian Science Curriculum in Physical Sciences to explore forces and simple machines. The titles are current, attractive, engaging and easily accessible starting points for discussion.

Available from INT Books for schools and libraries across Australia. For personal orders in Australia you can order direct at intbooks.online.

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