Author Archives: jenbales

About jenbales

Avid lover of children's literature, experienced teacher librarian with expertise in resourcing the Australian Curriculum; Adjunct lecturer for Charles Sturt University and a representative of INT Books.

Erinne Paisley – Pop Activist

Erinne Paisley is a young American who has harnessed technology to promote social activism and to encourage young adults to become proactive in addressing local and global issue to facilitate positive change. Visit popactivism to find out more. Can Your … Continue reading

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Research Journal

Ecosystems Research Journal provides readers a closeup look at precious, sometimes remote, and often threatened ecosystems and habitats around the world. Using a report style of writing, the narrator in each book is a researcher sent on a mission to … Continue reading

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A Christmas Menagerie

This 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 … Continue reading

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Dig Too Deep – Amy Allgeyer

Dig 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Set in Puck’s Gulch, in a country that aimed (but failed) to have all tribes equal, the 16 year-olds in the … Continue reading

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