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.

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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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.        In Natural World children can discover awe-inspiring … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Money Sense – Primary financial literacy

The Money Sense series provides an effective way to build a strong financial literacy foundation for primary aged students to address learning outcomes in HASS and Mathematics. Each title introduces young readers to basic economic concepts and vocabulary in an … Continue reading

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