Kiss Dad once. Cuddle Mum twice. 'Goodnight, Mum and Dad.' 'Goodnight, mice.' It's time to say goodnight -- but the four cheeky mice skittering, scampering and scurrying to bed don't seem very sleepy! This warm, affectionate story is the perfect bedtime book for the whole family to share.
Far away in Ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are brought before the Cat Pharaoh to be punished for stealing from the town market. In a merciful moment, the Pharaoh decides to give the two friends one last chance: they must journey up the River Nile to the temple of Karnak and bring back something that has been taken from her - a beautiful and precious Jewel Fish. But Jackal and Ibis are not very clever and ignore the warning she gives, taking a few extra treasures for themselves . . . and disaster follows!
What if your parents had been keeping a secret from you your whole life? Sam is in his first year of high school and has been saving his paper-round money for months to buy the one thing he yearns for – a boat. Suddenly his bank balance is doubled by an unknown person. But who is it? As Sam investigates he watches in dismay as his family life is turned upside down; and he is forced to make a decision that will change everything. A story about finding strength and conviction in a confusing adult world.
The day is ending, night is falling, and Nicholas's cat won't come down. High on the roof she licks her paws while Nicholas worries about her up there all alone. How can he coax her into the safe, warm house? She doesn't even want to come down from the roof . . . or does she? From the combined talents of Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo comes a tale of friendship and bravery, and the things we are capable of doing for those we treasure most.
Violent weather pervades this breathtaking collection, reflecting the cataclysmic emotions swirling through the lives of the protagonists. A loner becomes obsessed with the beautiful face of a neighbour, a child and his enigmatic grandmother sit out a hurricane, two fragile girls visit their stepfathers in prison and share a macabre ritual, a young woman is deeply ashamed of what her father has become ......
Autumn Laing seduces Pat Donlon with her pearly thighs and her lust for life and art. In doing so she not only compromises the trusting love she has with her husband, Arthur, she also steals the future from Pat's young and beautiful wife, Edith, and their unborn child....
Set in hardscrabble farming country and around the country show high-jumping circuit that prevailed in rural New South Wales prior to the Second World War, Foal's Bread tells the story of two generations of the Nancarrow family and their fortunes as dictated by the vicissitudes of the land....
When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they flee the country. Dora, passionate and fearless; her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller; her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth’s husband Hans find refuge in London. Here they take awe-inspiring risks in order to continue their work in secret. But England is not the safe-haven they think it is, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart.
Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. She grows up in the fine house her father is so proud of, a strong-willed young woman who’s certain where her future lies. She’s known Jack Langland since she was a child, and always loved him. But the past is waiting in ambush with its dark legacy. This powerful novel will enthral readers of Kate Grenville’s bestselling The Secret River, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Evangeline the toy elephant lies under the bed all day, waiting and waiting for something to happen. If only she could be useful somewhere . . . Will her wish be granted?