Winter Holiday Reading McAuley Library

Snuggle up with a good book these holidays, browse through the new books we have available now in the McAuley Library.


The Book Of Answers (Book 2)38663467  by A.L. Tait 

An orphan in exile. A band of rebel girls. And a prince whose throne has been stolen. Come on a journey full of danger, intrigue, adventure and incredible secrets.  (


18902814Extra Special Treats by Liz Pichon

It’s really cold outside and we’re all hoping it’s going to snow. Yeah! Derek and I could make a snow rooster and have a snowball fight (look out, Delia!). Granny Mavis has started to knit me a new winter jumper, but by the looks of things I’m not sure it’s going to fit. . . (

 28473185Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz

Sent to Groosham grange by his parents, David Eliot quickly discovers that his new school is a very odd place indeed. New pupils are made to sign their names in blood; the French teacher disappears every full moon; and the assistant headmaster keeps something very chilling in his room.(

Marsh and Me by Martine Murray


There’s a hill out the back of joey’s house. Hardly anyone goes there—it’s not a beautiful place, just a covered-over old rubbish tip. But joey likes it up there. It’s his hill—somewhere he likes to go to wonder about life. He longs to be the best at something, to be a famous astronaut, or mountain climber, to stand out. (

Breaking News by Jaqueline Harvey


What would you do if you woke up in a strange place? If your whole life changed in the blink of an eye and you had no idea what was going on?(

The Diamond HorseThe Diamond Horse by Stacey Gregg

Anna Orlov might be the luckiest girl in the world. She is the daughter of a Russian count and lives in a beautiful snowbound palace that is home to a menagerie of wonderful animals: tigers, wolfhounds and, of course, horses.  (

1961518The Echidna and the Shade Tree by Pamela Lofts

This book is based on a story told by Mona green, of the Jaru people, to aboriginal children living in halls creek, western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from the children’s original paintings of the story.(


33123208The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler
by Lisa Shannahan

It struck Henry that perhaps he was waiting for the exact right moment to be daring and brave. The exact right moment where he felt no worry at all, not one tiny flicker. But what if that moment never came?    (


36239901Hey Warrior by Karen Young

Kids can do amazing things with the right information. Understanding why anxiety feels the way it does and where the physical symptoms come from is a powerful step in turning anxiety around.(

34136348Mopoke by Philip Bunting

This is a Mopoke. Mopoke loves peace and quiet. He is about to find out that you can’t always get what your want.

Visually brilliant, and hysterically funny, Philips pictures tell a thousand words, with the support of some very sparse, but hilarious, text. This is a book destined to become a classic.(

38395919Room on our Rock
by Kate & Jol Temple

Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it? Room on our rock celebrates the truth that there are two sides to every story. This clever picture book has one story that can be read two different ways.(

34198914The Turnkey by Allison Rushby

Flossie Birdwhistle is the turnkey at London’s Highgate cemetery. As turnkey, Flossie must ensure all the souls in the cemetery stay at rest. This is a difficult job at the best of times for a twelve-year-old ghost, but it is world war II and each night enemy bombers hammer London.(

39309367Turtle Trackers by Samantha Wheeler

Ten-year-old Isaac is flat out. Helping his mum run a caravan park on the Queensland coast means no time for fun. So when he finds a sea turtle nesting on the beach, he’s disappointed that he can’t volunteer as a turtle tracker to watch over her eggs and hatchlings.(

32048461Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys

A stunning celebration of the joy and comfort that is always with us, wherever we roam in the big, wild world.
Who’s under your love umbrella?(

20912424The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him. (

33865643The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

When Ada’s clubfoot is surgically fixed at last, she knows for certain that she’s not what her mother said she was—damaged, deranged, crippled mentally as well as physically. She’s not a daughter anymore, either. What is she?   (


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