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Summer Reading: 2020 / 2021

Dive into a great new book this summer

"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

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Great summer reads for Junior School

Are you looking for a good book to read over the school holidays?  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. 

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.

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 ...

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.

The Journey to Atlantis

At the beach by Mouseford Academy, one of the Thea Sisters discovers a mysterious boy with blue skin washed up on the shore. He speaks an unfamiliar language, so the Thea Sisters call Thea Stilton to help figure out how to communicate with him. She sets the mouselings on an exciting journey across the world to hunt for clues to the boy's origins. Could he be prince of the underwater world of Atlantis? It's up to the Thea Sisters to get him home!

The Secret of the Fairies

Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters are on an expedition to the fantastical Land of Erin. While they are searching for a missing friend they learn that the land itself is in peril! The mouselets are ready to help. On their journey, they encounter fairies, pixies and other magical creatures - some helpful, but some out to trick them! Can the Thea Sisters save the Land of Erin before it's too late? It's an adventure full of mystery and friendship!

The Midsummer Tomte and the Little Rabbits

It's summer in the big forest and the rabbit children are looking forward to their first Midsummer party. Owl, who knows everything, says Midsummer is a time for dancing, love and magic. What a fun time they will have! Then a terrible storm sweeps through the forest and the woodland animals must find shelter at Grump the tomte's cottage. Will the magic of Midsummer help restore harmony to the forest in time for the party?

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus

Being able to detect black magic isn't all tea and crumpets--and for Theodosia Throckmorton, it can be a decidedly tricky business! When Sticky Will drags Theo to a magic show featuring the Great Awi Bubu, she quickly senses there is more to the magician than he lets on, setting in motion a chain of events she never could have bargained for.....

Vote WeirDo

It's time to vote! Weir Dos in the running for class captain... but will an Epic hair disaster destroy his chances of winning?! It wont be easy... but it will be funny!.

Planet Weird!

Happy birthday to me! Not only is it Planet Day, its also Weir Dos birthday! And his partys going to be so huge youll see it from space! It wont be easy but it will be funny!

Harriet the spy

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she' s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

Twelve-year-old Abigail is shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother, who happens to be the spy ring's top agent.

Dragon mountain

When 12-year-old Billy Chan finds out his parents are sending him to a summer camp in middle-of-nowhere China he doesn't know what to expect. There he meets fellow campers Dylan, Charlotte and Ling-Fei and together they stumble upon an age-old secret: four powerful warrior dragons, hidden deep within the mountain behind the camp. They have been trapped since an epic battle with the Dragon of Death and need the children's help to set them free before terrible evil is unleashed on the earth.

How to write the soundtrack to your life

Murphy Parker is going to be a songwriter. If she can summon up the nerve to play in front of anyone other than her dad, that is. When an unplanned keyboard performance at school goes well, Murphy wonders if maybe her dreams have a chance after all. Until her entire grade accuses her of plagiarism. Someone out there is playing Murphy's songs. But why, and how did they hear her play?

Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one--other than Celie, that is--takes the time to map out the new additions.

The Secret Janara

The exciting adventures of the Benevento cousins continue, as Primo discovers the identity of the secret Janara.

Runaway Rosa: a twins story

The Benevento children are excitedly preparing for the annual Boar Hunt, where the prize of the Golden Tusk is given to the ten-year old who catches the boar. No girl has ever competed, but Rosa is determined to take part -and win! She refuses to stay home and help take care of the new baby and cook and clean. She will just have to run away.

The First Rule of Punk

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

A chase in time

The old gilt-edged mirror has hung in Alex's aunt's house for as long as he can remember. Alex hardly notices it, until the day he and his sister are pulled through the mirror, back into 1912. It's the same house, but a very different place to live, and the people they meet need their help. Soon they're caught up in car chases and treasure hunts as they race to find a priceless golden cup - but will they ever be able to return to their own time?

Kerferd Library audiobooksKerferd Library Audio Books for summer reading

Click on the following book cover to access audio books from the Kerferd Library. Click HERE for more information and help getting started with these audiobooks.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Great summer reads for Senior School

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. 

Kerferd Library audiobooksKerferd Library Audio Books for summer reading

Click on the following book cover to access audio books from the Kerferd Library. Click HERE for more information and help getting started with these audiobooks.

Great summer reads for parents and staff

Lose yourself in a great story, or stay informed with a topical read.

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.

Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood

Surrounded by secrets, great and small, the formidable Miss Phryne Fisher returns to vanquish injustice. When a mysterious invitation arrives for Miss Phryne Fisher from an unknown Captain Herbert Spencer, Phryne’s curiosity is excited. Spencer runs a retreat in Victoria’s spa country for shell-shocked soldiers of the First World War. It’s a cause after Phryne’s own heart but what could Spencer want from her?

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction 2020

Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride. A counterpart to the privileged Thatcher-era London of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, it also recalls the work of Édouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist with a powerful and important story to tell.  

The Climate Cure by Tim Flannery

Australians are witnessing an unprecedented government response to crisis-swift decisive action to avert catastrophe. And the advice of scientists has informed every step of the way. Flannery sees 2020 as a turning point. He explores the measures at our disposal to reduce CO2 emissions. He looks at the ways carbon can be drawn out of the atmosphere and safely stored to stabilise atmospheric carbon levels. And he demands a new approach that puts tackling climate change in the hands of the scientists who can lead the way.

Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave by Mark Mordue

The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue. As well as a powerfully compelling biography of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place,  from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of  Wangaratta, to the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and the manic, wild energy of nights at the Crystal Ballroom.

Weather by Jenny Offill

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practise her other calling: as an unofficial shrink. For years, she has supported her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but then her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. Sylvia has become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right wingers worried about the decline of western civilization.

Indelicacy by Amina Cain

Reminiscent of a lost Victorian classic in miniature, yet taking equal inspiration from such modern authors as Jean Rhys, Octavia Butler, Clarice Lispector and Jean Genet, Amina Cain’s Indelicacy is at once a ghost story without a ghost, a fable without a moral and a down-to-earth investigation of the barriers faced by women in both life and literature. It is a novel about seeing, class, desire, anxiety, pleasure, friendship and the battle to find one’s true calling.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

An impossibly compelling literary thriller about the world we live in now, Rumaan Alam’s novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped in moments of crisis - and how the most terrifying situations are never far from reality. 

Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos

Lucky’s is a story of family. It is also about a man called Lucky. His restaurant chain. A fire that changed everything. A New Yorker article which might save a career. The mystery of a missing father. An impostor who got the girl. An unthinkable tragedy. A roll of the dice. And a story of love, lost, sought and won again, (at last).

Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia by Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou

A new, fully illustrated book from award-winning author Bruce Pascoe and photographer Vicky Shukuroglou that offers a deeper understanding of Australia and how best to travel and appreciate the heart of the country. Featuring 18 places in detail, from the ingenious fish traps at Brewarrina and the rivers that feed the Great Barrier Reef, to the love stories of Wiluna and the whale story of Margaret River. This immersive book covers history, Dreaming stories, traditional cultural practices, Indigenous tours and the importance of recognition and protection of place. It offers keys to unlock the heart of this loving country for those who want to enrich their understanding of our continent, and for travellers looking for more than a whistle-stop tour of Australia.

Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson

Cook, Eat, Repeat is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella’s engaging and insightful prose. Whether asking ‘What is a Recipe?‘ or declaring ‘Death to the Guilty Pleasure’, Nigella’s wisdom about food and life comes to the fore, with tasty new recipes that readers will want to return to again and again.

Group by Christie Tate

The refreshingly original debut memoir of a guarded, over-achieving, self-lacerating young lawyer who reluctantly agrees to get psychologically and emotionally naked in a room of six complete strangers - her psychotherapy group - and in turn finds human connection, and herself. Group is a deliciously addictive read, and with Christie as our guide - skeptical of her own capacity for connection and intimacy, but hopeful in spite of herself - we are given a front row seat to the daring, exhilarating, painful, and hilarious journey that is group therapy - an under-explored process that breaks you down, and then reassembles you so that all the pieces finally fit.

Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson

When the town’s secrets start to be uncovered the town will be rocked by a violent act that forever shatters a century of silence. Full of music, Yuwaalaraay language and exquisite description, Song of the Crocodile is a lament to choice and change, and the unyielding land that sustains us all, if only we could listen to it. 

Fire Flood Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020, Sophie Cunningham (Ed.)

2020 began with firestorms raging through the country, followed by floods, and then a global pandemic that has changed how Australians think, feel and live. We all experienced this year differently, but one thing rings true for all of us- this is a year we won't forget. This anthology brings together original work from a diverse collection of Australian voices, from writers to scientists, journalists to historians, all expressing what 2020 meant to them.

The Handbag of Happiness by Alannah Hill

The Handbag of Happiness is a collection of rollicking, defiant, real-life stories where self-improvement is satire and life-changing moments are found in the absurdity of our mysterious little lives. In a world full of self-help cliches, contradictory messages and new-puritan rules, Alannah opens her bejewelled handbag of happiness, showing us how being a little bit wrong can sometimes be so very, very right.

Infinite Splendours by Sofie Laguna

Infinite Splendours is an extraordinary novel, incandescent with love and compassion, rich in colour and character. The power and virtuosity of Laguna’s writing make it impossible for us to look away; by being seen, Lawrence is redeemed. And we, as readers, have had our minds and hearts opened in ways we can’t forget. 

The Dressmaker’s Secret by Rosalie Ham

From the author of the Dressmaker

It is 1953 and Melbourne society is looking forward to coronation season, the grand balls and celebrations for the young queen-to-be. Tilly Dunnage is, however, working for a pittance in a second-rate Collins Street salon. Her talents go unappreciated, and the madame is a bully and a cheat, but Tilly has a past she is desperate to escape and good reason to prefer anonymity.

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

The bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton, returns with All Our Shimmering Skies - a glorious novel destined to become another Australian classic. All Our Shimmering Skies is a story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves. It is an odyssey of true love and grave danger; of the darkness and the light; of bones and blue skies. A buoyant, beautiful and magical novel abrim with warmth, wit and wonder, a love letter to Australia and the art of looking up.    

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan

An ember storm of a novel, this is Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan at his most moving - and astonishing - best.  In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying - if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight.

The Godmothers by Monica McInerney

The highly anticipated new family drama from one of Australia’s most beloved authors. Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, The Godmothers is a moving and uplifting story about love, loss, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.

Honeybee by Craig Silvey

From the author of Jasper Jones

Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It’s about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter - one offering hope, the other redemption. It’s about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.  

Golden Daze by Sean Doherty

Golden Daze tells the story of Australian surfing one year at a time through the lives of our greatest surfers. The book takes a deep dive into a significant year of their surfing lives. Years when they won, years when they lost. Years where their surfing and their surfboards changed the game. Grommet years when the days never ended. Years where they surfed up the coast, down the coast and globetrotted into the great unknown.

Monogamy by Sue Miller

Annie is not the first love of Graham’s life but she is, he thinks, his last and greatest. Very recently, he has faltered; but he means to put it right. A novel about marriage, family, secrets and love, Monogamy confirms Sue Miller’s place among the greatest writers at work in America today.

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