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Spring Reading: Overview

Source: Digital montage by Black, S. (2019).

"Where did YA come from, and how did it get so big?... “Young Adult” fiction is a term whose meaning has varied wildly over the years. It can apply to coming of age tragedies or Serialized adventures of babysitters, or insert really dated twilight joke here. But where did this “young adult” genre come from? And why did it get so big?" (PBS, 2018)

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When using this video don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For more information and help see the Kerferd Library referencing guide and / or CiteMaker.
In text reference / citation: Ellis (2018) or (Ellis, 2018)
Bibliography / Reference list: Ellis, L. (2018). The Evolution of YA: Young Adult Fiction, Explained, [eVideo]. PBS, Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Mn3aKZ8ZVFo

Buy local and support your community's independent bookstore. Here are some of the independent bookstores in the area:

Ulysses Bookstore
Sandrigham
Beaumaris Bookstore
Beaumaris
Page8 Bookstore
Hampton
Robinsons Bookshop
Frankston
Great Spring Reads for Junior School

Are you looking for a good book to read this Spring? You've come to the right place!!! Click on the book cover to see if it is available from either the School's Kerferd Library or your closest public library. Alternatively, consider buying it from your local independent bookstore.

Kerferd Library Fiction collectionsCan't see the book your looking for on this page? The Kerferd Library's Junior School collections also offers a wide range of great reads. 

The Girlhoods

Girltopia is a city run by women and girls - and it's an amazing place. There's hardly any crime, transport is free, and lots of girls are getting a taste for change.Clara and her friends are now part of The Girlhoods, a rebel group who suspect that someone is behind the release of the virus that has effected the men and boys. As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place, Clara's bravery is tested to its limits. Things are hotting up in Girltopia!

Greystone Secrets #1: the Strangers

Told from separate viewpoints, Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone, ages twelve, ten, and eight, investigate why their mother went missing and uncover their ties to an alternate world.

Piggy Hero

Piggy Handsome is a very confident Guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego. But sadly Handsome hasn't yet achieved world renown. After his last attempt Handsome realises that saving Jeff the budgie from falling off the roof would be just the thing to get on the front pages, but Jeff can't stop flapping his wings, because it's reflex. Piggy keeps pushing him off, Jeff keeps flying, much to Handsome's ire. Meanwhile the dastardly villains Dan and Dolly Dixon are seeking revenge for their time in prison. Can Handsome accidentally save the day once again?

The Blue Cat

A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. 'He can't speak English, ' the children whispered ... Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia - not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba's world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets - a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat ...

Mr Bambuckle's remarkables fight back

I wish Mr Bambuckle would come back. Who will cook us breakfast now?Miss Frost gave me detention just for answering a question. Mr Bambuckle said I'm about to discover magic - but how?There are some pretty strange things going on. It's almost as if Mr Bambuckle could hear us . . .Replacement teacher Miss Frost says discipline is the new order, but not if the class in room 12B has something to do with it ...

Tennis shoes

There is no doubt about it - the Heath children have tennis in their blood. Their grandfather and father before them had been top players, and the twins are champion material. Then Nicky - cheeky, rebellious Nicky - starts to practise in secret, but talented at tennis as she is, the ambitious Nicky first has battles to win with herself - on and off the tennis court.

Darkness of Dragons

Qibli knows Darkstalker must be stopped. And he knows he could stop him -- if he had magic. With even a sliver of the ancient dragon's all-powerful scroll, Qibli could rewrite history the right way: end war forever; make every dragon happy; perhaps even cast a very small spell so that everyone would like him ... Instead, as Darkstalkers dangerous influence spreads across Pyrrhia, entrancing or killing every dragon in the seven tribes, Qibli can only grasp the small animus objects hes borrowed from Turtle. With some clever thinking, Qiblis talons finally hold the power to make a difference. But prophecies are not easy to rewrite. Can Qibli be the magical force Pyrrhia needs, or will he be the one to bring Jade Mountain -- and his family, his friends, his whole world -- crashing down?

The poison jungle

Some secrets are deadly. It's no secret that Sundew wants to destroy the HiveWings. It's her life's mission to exact revenge on the tribe that tried to wipe out the LeafWings and ripped every tree from the surface of Pantala. Every tree, that is, except the wild and dangerous Poison Jungle, where the surviving LeafWings have been hiding since the war -hiding, plotting, and waiting for a dragon like Sundew, who is uniquely qualified to bring down the Hives.

The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter

In 1210 Scotland, twelve-year-old Drest is on the run with a price on her head after rescuing her brothers and father, the Mad Wolf of the North, from captivity.

The Mad Wolf's Daughter

One dark night, Drest's sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when invading knights capture her family, but leave Drest behind. Her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers are a fearsome war-band, but now Drest is the only one who can save them. So she starts off on a wild rescue attempt, taking a wounded invader along as a hostage.

Emily Windsnap and the siren's secret

When Neptune tells Emily and her merman father and human mother to return to Brightport to try to make merpeople and humans work more closely together, Emily faces problems with old enemies, her new, half-merfolk friend Aaron, and a mystery related to a group of legendary lost sirens.

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince

When Emily Windsnap's boyfriend Aaron is captured by pirates there's only one option - join a rival pirate crew and persuade them to help rescue him. The Pirate Prince agrees, as long as Emily assists in finding the Trident's Treasure first. Emily soon discovers that pirates hate mermaids. If her true identity is revealed, her life - and Aaron's - will be at risk. How will Emily keep her secret when the only way to win the treasure is by turning into a mermaid?

Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep

Reunited with her merman father and now living on an island located in the Bermuda Triangle, twelve-year-old Emily accidentally awakens the fearsome kraken and also faces a bully from her past.

Emily Windsnap and the castle in the mist

When Emily Windsnap discovers an old diamond ring during a class hunt for trinkets, how is she supposed to know that the ring is half the key to unlocking an ancient curse by Neptune himself? Now, with the ring stuck firmly on her hand, Emily finds herself under a new curse: in just a few days, she’ll cease to be half-human and half-mermaid. Can she possibly find the other missing ring that will break all the curses?

Junior School Audiobooks
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Young Adult Spring Reads

Click on the book cover to see if it is available from either the School's Kerferd Library or your closest public library. Alternatively, consider buying it from your local independent bookstore.

Kerferd Library Fiction collectionsCan't see the book your looking for on this page? The Kerferd Library's Young Adult and Senior Fiction collections also offers a wide range of great reads. 

Young Adult Audio Books
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