Make sure you set aside Saturday 10 August 2013 on your calendar to celebrate National Bookshop Day.
A day to celebrate the role of your bookshop in the community.
Cass Lehman has a terrifying 'gift'...The youngest in a family of extraordinary women with supernatural talents, Cass is cursed with the not-so-sexy gift of seeing the past...but not just any past; she sees death. For years she's hidden herself away in her family home. Now, desperate for a better life, she ventures into sleepy Jewel Bay, only to stumble upon murder and mayhem and a killer at large who's long been lurking in their midst. Taking a chance, Cass volunteers to assist Detective Ed Dyson with the investigation. Will Cass be able to save the latest victim - and herself?
Kathryn White - Behind the Scenes
Catlin Ryan is determined to escape her dreary life in a beachside caravan park. Abandoned by her alcoholic mother, she dreams of a life on the stage and is prepared to work hard to get it. So when she is offered a starring role on her favourite television series, Catlin does not think twice about taking it.But fame comes with a set of new challenges, long hours, spoiled and demanding colleagues, the paparazzi, some wild parties and Tom, the bitter director who seems to hate her. Then there is the reunion with her father, a brooding retired police officer, who offers her board and lodgings inside a house that is haunted with dark family secrets. Who is Catlin Ryan, really? Why does she keep remembering things that she knows never really happened? Can Catlin reconcile with her past and keep her family secrets out of the tabloids, or is the world destined to know what goes on behind the scenes
Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the months leading up to her execution on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed her spiritual guardian, will listen to Agnes’s side of the story. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force everyone to work side by side, the family’s attitude to Agnes starts to change, until one winter night, she begins her whispered confession to them, and they realize that all is not as they had assumed. Based on a true story, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we’re told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?
Peter Cooper - Jeweller of Rassylon
The brigand-lord Zhangfu has escaped with the precious Blue Jade, and is now being pursued across the wilderness by those who want it for themselves. Dillen, Koto and Tajni, sure that Zhangfu is seeking the mysterious Jeweller of Rassylon, consult a famed seer, whose information comes in the form of a riddle. They follow the clues to a remote village and to a potion-master who insists on joining the quest. But the Jeweller's hideout is well guarded. It is no longer just a question of reaching it before Zhangfu, Heito and the koorai. Reaching it alive will be the challenge...
Ben Chandler - Beast Child
Can a child from an ancient past unlock the secrets of Lenis and Missy’s powers in the second entry in this Philip Pullman-meets-Nicholas Flamel series? Lenis and Missy Clemens have found their freedom aboard the airship Hiryu, but are they ready for the responsibilities that come with determining their own fates? Hard on the trail of the mercenary Karasu, the man who holds the keys to unlocking Suiteki's power, the twins face the realities of their own growing abilities. Their search for Karasu takes them to Heiligland, where Missy has to decide which is more important—the safety of an entire nation or her own sense of right and wrong. As she relies more and more on the powers of the Quillblade, her brother grows distant, shunning the bizarre connection that binds the Clemens twins together. When they meet Kanu, a young boy from the distant past who just might hold the key to who they are, the twins must decide whether to embrace their destiny or be torn forever apart
Jason Fischer - Quiver
In Gravesend, the dead walk, and the living huddle behind high walls. For Tamsyn, the end of the world couldn't come sooner. She's hungry and scared. Her homework is due. Even worse, her dad is the teacher. With only her keen archery skills to keep the zombies at bay, Tamsyn searches the ruins of England for an answer. There's a cure in America, but it might just doom them all…
Janeen Brian - I'm a Dirty Dinosaur
From award-winning author Ann James and illustrator Janeen Brian comes this gorgeous rhyming picture book about a naughty little dinosaur who loves to get dirty. Bright simple illustrations and rounded corners perfect for the very young. Stomp, splash, slide, dive . . . .
This little dinosaur just loves mud!
Katrina Germein - My Dad Still Thinks He's Funny
Dad is back by popular demand.
Following the international success of the best selling children’s picture book ‘My Dad Thinks He’s Funny’ Dad returns with even more winning material and it seems that Dad STILL thinks he’s funny.
When I say I feel like a milkshake, Dad says, “You don’t look like one.”
When I suggest chicken, Dad says, “That’s fowl.”
Just in time for Fathers’ Day and packed full of familiar dadisms and amusing one liners, ‘My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny’ is set to become another laugh out loud favourite.
A glimpse into how one mother has learnt to cope with the loss of her two sons, and support a third child through a rare genetic condition. This book deals with the subject of grief and loss, and features a collection of poems, interspersed with quotes and breathtaking images. It will inspire and move you, as you are taken on an incredible journey of love, hope and courage