All About Books – Autumn 2019

Our latest edition of our reading suggestions guide, All About Books is now here! It is full of a selection of some of the best books being published in the next three months.
There is a little something for everyone from adults to teens to children, for those who like their fiction to those that prefer non fiction. Don’t forget to check out our upcoming Author Talk events in April & May.
Pick up your FREE copy at any of the City Of Parramatta Libraries or download it now (just click on the cover).

Australia’s 50 Favourite Kids’ Books



Wondering how to get your child to read more? Better Reading have released their Top 50 reads of 2018 for kids as voted for by the Australian public. These books are adored by many children so why not suggest them to you reluctunt reader? Some of them are available in Audio format so you can even listen to them on the way to school and soccer practice!

The Top 10 are featured below and include some old favourites and some new releases. See Full List  – the Library has the majority of  titles available for reservation now.

Top 10 Kid’s Books:

Harry Potter Series
by JK Rowling

Faraway Tree Series by
Enid Blyton

Alice Miranda Series by Jacqueline harvey

by Roald Dahl

Kensy & Max: Breaking News by Jacqueline Harvey

by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web
by EB White

Anne of Green Gables
by LM Montgomery

by RJ Palacio

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
by Jessica Townsend















Frankie Rose is desperate for love. Or a relationship. Or just a date with a semi-normal person will do. It’s not that she hasn’t tried. She’s the queen of online dating. But enough is enough. Inspired by her job at The Little Brunswick Street Bookshop, Frankie decides to take fate into her own hands and embarks on the ultimate love experiment.Her plan? Plant her favourite books on trains inscribed with her contact details in a bid to lure the sophisticated, charming and well-read man of her dreams.

Enter Sunny, and one spontaneous kiss later, Frankie begins to fall for him. But there’s just one problem – Frankie is strictly a classics kind of gal, and Sunny is really into Young Adult. Like really.A clever, funny and wryly observed story about books and discovering who you really are.


When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.
Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club – so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades – Millie, Ruth and Varina.
Even at the end of her life, Josephine seems unwilling or unable to face her past, deliberately evading Brooke’s questions. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. What follows is a tale of a romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered and true love found. It’s Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best.’


Poppy and Annalise are driven mad by mums enjoying special privileges at work while they pick up the slack. Setting up a Facebook group to vent about smug mummies is just a healthy outlet – right? But as their new group’s membership soars, the frustrated women start confronting mums in the real world. Cafes become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been more divided. A rivalry that was once harmless fun is about to spiral out of Poppy and Annalise’s control. Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And she has an agenda of her own…


Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiance she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiance, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.


A beautiful novel about two women – a generation apart – thrown together by circumstance, who slowly come to love and understand one another.
Stella and her mother-in-law Margie are two very different women.
Stella is kind, compassionate and just a little chaotic. Margie is prickly, demanding and a stickler for convention. Stella has exciting dreams for the future. Margie has only bitter memories of the past.
When Margie needs help recovering from a major operation, Stella offers her a place to stay. With no other options, Margie returns to the family farm where for decades, until Stella’s arrival, she was the one in charge. Margie has never made life easy for her daughter-in-law, and that’s not going to change now she’s been made a guest in her former home. But as the dry summer turns to a beautiful autumn, the two women gradually form an unlikely bond, as the ambitions, secrets, and tragedies that have shaped their lives are slowly uncovered…


In the summer of 1976 it’s picking season on an Australian stone-fruit orchard run by Celia, a hard-working woman in her early forties. Years ago, when her husband was killed as a bystander in an armed robbery, Celia left the city and brought her newborn daughter Zoe to this farm for a secure life. Now sixteen, Zoe is a passionate, intelligent girl, chafing against her mother’s protectiveness, yearning to find intensity and a bit of danger.

Barging into this world as itinerant fruit-pickers come a desperate brother and sister from Sydney. The hard-bitten Sheena has kidnapped her wild, ebullient eighteen-year-old brother Kieran and dragged him out west, away from trouble in the city. Kieran and Zoe are drawn to each other the instant they meet, sparking excitement, worry, lust, trouble . . .


Lou Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is hurled into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past.

In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets – not all her own – that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?


After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor reveals they could live another 68 years together… and panic sets in. They never expected ‘until death do us part’ to mean seven decades.
In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring.
But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakeable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…






Librarians’ Choice – April 2018

The top 10 April 2018 release books as voted for by library staff around Australia is here. There are a nice mix of books, mainly fiction, a very interesting non fiction and a title (Amelia Westlake) described as “a queer yA rom-com”. Click on a title to reserve a copy now.

The Lace WeaverLauren Chater (Librarians’ Choice Favourite)

A breathtaking debut about love and war, and the battle to save a precious legacy.
Each lace shawl begins and ends the same way – with a circle. Everything is connected with a thread as fine as gossamer, each life affected by what has come before it and what will come after. 1941, Estonia. As Stalin’s brutal Red Army crushes everything in its path, Katarina and her family survive only because their precious farm produce is needed to feed the occupying forces. Fiercely partisan, Katarina battles to protect her grandmother’s precious legacy – the weaving of gossamer lace shawls stitched with intricate patterns that tell the stories passed down through generations.

While Katarina struggles to survive the daily oppression, another young woman is suffocating in her prison of privilege in Moscow. Yearning for freedom and to discover her beloved mother’s Baltic heritage, Lydia escapes to Estonia. Facing the threat of invasion by Hitler’s encroaching Third Reich, Katarina and Lydia and two idealistic young soldiers, insurgents in the battle for their homeland, find themselves in a fight for life, liberty and love.

The Paris Seamstress – Natasha Lester
Sunburn – Laura Lippman
Amelia Westlake – Erin Gough
The Death Of Noah Glass – Gail Jones
Circe – Madeline Miller
Every Note Played – Lisa Genova
Dear Mrs Bird – AJ Pearce
The Colour Of Bee Larkham’s Murder – Sarah J Harris
Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia – Anita Heiss (ed)

CBCA Notable Books 2018

Often parents come to the Library and ask what kind of books they can recommend to their kids. While City of Parramatta Library has kick-started its 1000 books before school, this CBCA (The Children’s Book Council of Australian) Notable Books for 2018 will help our parents to select and learn more Aussie literature and Aussie life.

Older readers

  • Mallee Boys (Charlie Archbold, Wakefield Press)
  • The Fall (Tristan Bancks, PRH)
  • In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black, HGE)
  • Night Swimming (Steph Bowe, Text)
  • The Things we Promise (J C Burke, A&U)
  • The Dream Walker (Victoria Carless, Hachette)
  • Beautiful Mess (Claire Christian, Text)
  • My Lovely Frankie (Judith Clarke, A&U)
  • The Tides Between (Elizabeth Jane Corbett, Odyssey Books)
  • Take Three Girls (Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell, Pan Macmillan)
  • The Ones that Disappeared (Zana Fraillon, Hachette)
  • Third Witch (Jackie French, HarperCollins)
  • Sparrow (Scot Gardner, A&U)
  • Because of You (Pip Harry, UQP)
  • A Shadow’s Breath (Nicole Hayes, PRH)
  • The Secret Science of Magic (Melissa Keil, HGE)
  • Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky (Robert Newton, PRH)
  • Frogkisser! (Garth Nix, A&U)
  • Gap Year in Ghost Town (Michael Pryor, A&U)
  • Wilder Country (Mark Smith, Text)
  • A Semi-Definitive List of World Nightmares (Krystal Sutherland, PRH)
  • Remind Me How This Ends (Gabrielle Tozer, HarperCollins)
  • Ballad For a Mad Girl (Vikki Wakefield, Text)
  • The Undercurrent (Paula Weston, Text)
  • My Life as a Hashtag (Gabrielle Williams, A&U)

Younger readers

  • Too Many Friends (Kathryn Apel, UQP)
  • May Tang (Katrina Beikoff, Omnibus)
  • The Elephant (Peter Carnavas, UQP)
  • Shaozhen (Wai Chim & Lyn White, A&U)
  • The Blue Cat (Ursula Dubosarsky, A&U)
  • 1917 (Kelly Gardiner, Scholastic)
  • The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch (Nikki Greenberg, A&U)
  • Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables (Tim Harris, illus by James Hart, PRH)
  • Jehan and the Quest of the Lost Dog (Rosanne Hawke, UQP)
  • Hotaka (John Heffernan, A&U)
  • Blossom (Tamsin Janu, Omnibus)
  • Figgy Takes the City (Tamsin Janu, Omnibus)
  • Pip and Houdini (J C Jones, A&U)
  • A Dog’s Tale (Barry Jonsberg, Omnibus)
  • The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear (Margrete Lamond, illus by Heather Vallance, Dirt Lane Press)
  • How to Bee (Bren MacDibble, A&U)
  • The Skeleton Coast (Mardi McConnochie, A&U)
  • Whimsy and Woe (Rebecca McRitchie, illus by Sonia Kretschmar, HarperCollins)
  • The Fighting Stingrays (Simon Mitchell, PRH)
  • The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Jaclyn Moriarty, A&U)
  • Lintang and the Pirate Queen (Tamara Moss, PRH)
  • Looking Up (Sally Murphy, Fremantle Press)
  • Marsh and Me (Martine Murray, Text)
  • Henrietta and the Perfect Night (Martine Murray, A&U)
  • The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome (Katrina Nannestad, HarperCollins)
  • Dr Boogaloo and the Girl who Lost her Laughter (Lisa Nicol, PRH)
  • The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster (Sally Rippin, HGE)
  • The Shop at Hoopers Bend (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)
  • A Garden of Lilies: Improving Tales for Young Minds (Judith Rossell, HarperCollins)
  • The Exile (Jo Sandhu, PRH)
  • The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler (Lisa Shanahan, A&U)
  • Accidental Heroes (Lian Tanner, A&U)
  • Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot (Jol & Kate Temple, illus by John Foye, A&U)
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Jessica Townsend, Hachette)
  • A Cardboard Palace (Allayne L Webster, MidnightSun)
  • The Secrets We Share (Nova Weetman, UQP)
  • Trouble and the New Kid (Cate Whittle, illus by Stephen Michael King, Omnibus)

Early childhood

  • The Thank You Dish (Trace Balla, A&U)
  • Shapes of Australia (Bronwyn Bancroft, Little Hare)
  • Rodney Loses It (Michael Gerard Bauer, illus by Chrissie Krebs, Omnibus)
  • Busting (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • Guff (Aaron Blabey, PRH)
  • Pig the Star (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic)
  • The Very Sleepy Bear (Nick Bland, Scholastic)
  • You Can’t Catch Me (Nicola Bolton, Nicola Bolton)
  • Busy Little Creatures (Fiona Bowden, Little Book Press)
  • At the Zoo I See (Joshua Button, illus by Robyn Wells, Magabala)
  • Heads and Tails (John Canty, Berbay)
  • Our Last Trip to the Market (Lorin Clarke, illus by Mitch Vane, A&U)
  • The Cat Wants Cuddles (P Crumble, illus by Lucinda Gifford, Scholastic)
  • Boy (Phil Cummings, illus by Shane DeVries, Scholastic)
  • Wilbur, Grace and Joe (Phil Cummings, illus by Amanda Graham, Little Book Press)
  • Jump and Shout (Mike Dumbleton, illus by Peter Carnavas, Little Book Press)
  • I’m Australian Too (Mem Fox, illus by Ronojoy Ghosh, Omnibus)
  • Stitches and Stuffing (Carrie Gallasch, illus by Sara Acton, Little Hare)
  • Great Goal! Marvellous Mark! (Katrina Germein, illus by Janine Dawson, Ford Street)
  • Clare’s Goodbye (Libby Gleeson, illus by Anna Pignataro, Little Hare)
  • Meerkat Choir (Nikki Greenberg, A&U)
  • The Second Sky (Patrick Guest, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Little Hare)
  • On the Way to Nana’s (Frances & Lindsay Haji-Ali, illus by David Hardy, Magabala)
  • Nomax! (Shannon Horsfall, HarperCollins)
  • 1,2, Pirate Stew (Kylie Howarth, The Five Mile Press)
  • Me and You (Deborah Kelly, illus by Karen Blair, PRH)
  • The Very Noisy Baby (Alison Lester, illus by Alison Lester, Affirm)
  • Ready, Steady, Hatch! (Ben Long, illus by David Cornish, Ford Street)
  • Olivia’s Voice (Mike Lucas, illus by Jennifer Harrison, MidnightSun)
  • What’s Up Top? (Marc Martin, PRH)
  • Two Rainbows (Sophie Masson, illus by Michael McMahon, Little Hare)
  • Hello to You, Moon (Sally Morgan & Biddy Maroney, illus by Sonny Day, Little Hare)
  • The Rabbit-hole Golf Course (Ella Mulvey, illus by Karen Briggs, A&U)
  • My Dog Socks (Robyn Osborne, illus by Sadami Konchi, Ford Street)
  • Road Trip (Danny Parker, illus by Nathaniel Eckstrom, Little Hare)
  • Lucy’s Book (Natalie Jane Prior, illus by Cheryl Orsini, Hachette)
  • Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! (Lisa Shanahan, illus by Binny, Hachette)
  • Eric the Postie (Matt Shanks, Scholastic)
  • Molly the Pirate (Lorraine Teece, illus by Paul Seden, Magabala)
  • The Scared Book (Debra Tidball, illus by Kim Siew, Hachette)
  • Why Can’t I Be a Dinosaur? (Kylie Westaway, illus by Tom Jellett, A&U)
  • One Keen Koala (Margaret Wild, illus by Bruce Whatley, Scholastic)
  • That Christmas Feeling (Lili Wilkinson, illus by Amanda Francey, A&U)
  • Can You Find Me? (Gordon Winch, illus by Patrick Shirvington, New Frontier Publishing)
  • Nanna’s Button Tin (Dianne Wolfer, illus by Heather Potter, Walker Books)

Picture book

  • Ten Pound Pom (Carole Wilkinson, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker Books)
  • Aquatica (Lance Balchin, Five Mile)
  • Gaolbird: the True Story of William Swallow, Convict and Pirate (Simon Barnard, Text)
  • The Second Sky (Patrick Guest, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Little Hare)
  • Tales From a Tall Forest (Shaun Micallef, illus by Jonathan Bentley, HGE)
  • Guff (Aaron Blabey, PRH)
  • The Great Rabbit Chase (Freya Blackwood, Scholastic)
  • The Anzac Tree (Christina Booth, Omnibus)
  • Mopoke (Philip Bunting, Omnibus)
  • Heads and Tails (John Canty, Berbay)
  • Andy Webb: Artist (Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books)
  • Mille Loves Ants (Jackie French, illus by Sue deGennaro, HarperCollins)
  • Jerome’s Gift (Trent Denham, Condotta Press)
  • The World’s Worst Pirate (Michelle Worthington, illus by Katrin Dreiling, Little Pink Dog Books)
  • Drawn Onward (Meg McKinlay, illus by Andrew Frazer, Fremantle Press)
  • Papa Sky (Jane Jolly, illus by Sally Heinrich, MidnightSun)
  • The Man in the Panama Hat and the Windy, Windy Day (Joachim Gevert, illus by Ffranses Ingram, Little Steps)
  • A Very Quacky Christmas (Frances Watts, illus by Ann James, HarperCollins)
  • Grandma Forgets (Paul Russell, illus by Nicky Johnston, EK Books)
  • Whatcha Building? (Andrew Daddo, illus by Stephen Michael King, HarperCollins)
  • Pea Pod Lullaby (Glenda Millard, illus by Stephen Michael King, A&U)
  • Danny Blue’s Really Excellent Dream (Max Landrak, Hachette)
  • Feathers (Phil Cummings, illus by Phil Lesnie, Scholastic)
  • The Very Noisy Baby (Alison Lester, Affirm)
  • Archie and the Bear (Zanni Louise, illus by David Mackintosh, Little Hare)
  • Slowly! Slowly! (Tina Clarke, illus by Helene Magisson, Wombat Books)
  • What’s Up Top? (Marc Martin, PRH)
  • Big Fella Rain (Beryl Webber, illus by Fern Martins, Magabala)
  • Henry’s Pirate Adventure (Livinia Nixon, illus by Heath McKenzie, Lake Press)
  • Sarah and the Steep Slope (Danny Parker, illus by Matt Ottley, Little Hare)
  • A Walk in the Bush (Gwyn Perkins, Affirm)
  • Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts (Craig Phillips, A&U)
  • Clare’s Goodbye (Libby Gleeson, illus by Anna Pignataro, Little Hare)
  • Glitch (Michelle Worthington, illus by Andrew Plant, Ford Street)
  • Merry Everything (Tania McCartney, illus by Jess Racklyeft, Windy Hollow Books)
  • Monsieur Chat (Jedda Robaard, Five Mile)
  • Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros (Meg McKinlay, illus by Leila Rudge, Walker Books)
  • Gus Dog Goes to Work (Rachel Flynn, illus by Craig Smith, HarperCollins)
  • Swan Lake (Anne Spudvilas, A&U)
  • Fish (Jane Stadermann, Rabbit Books)
  • My Friend Tertius (Corinne Fenton, illus by Owen Swan, A&U)
  • Storm Whale (Sarah Brennan, illus by Jane Tanner, A&U)
  • The Sloth Who Came to Stay (Margaret Wild, illus by Vivienne To, A&U)
  • The Sleeping Beauty (David McAllister, illus by Gabriela Tylesova, Little Hare)
  • Florette (Anna Walker, PRH)
  • Koala Bare (Jackie French, illus by Bruce Whatley, HarperCollins)
  • Ruben (Bruce Whatley, Scholastic)
  • Flapper VC (Mark Wilson, Hachette)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • Do Not Lick This Book (Idan Ben-Barak, illus by Julian Frost, A&U)
  • Tears In The Jungle: Fight For Survival (Daniel & William Clarke, Tears In The Jungle)
  • Decision: Stories Of Leadership In The Services (Jennet Cole-Adams, & Judy Gauld, Department Of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Robyn Boid: Architect (Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books)
  • The Baby Animal Book (Jennifer Cossins, Hachette)
  • Comradeship: Stories Of Friendship And Recreation In Wartime (Kathleen Cusack & Brett Hatherly, Department Of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • M Is For Mutiny! History By Alphabet (John Dickon, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay)
  • Animal Eco-Warriors (Nic Gill, CSIRO Publishing)
  • Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground (Samantha Grover, illus by Camille Heisler, CSIRO Publishing)
  • Left & Right (Lorna Hendry, Wild Dog Books)
  • The Big Book Of Antarctica (Charles Hope, Wild Dog Books)
  • A Is For Australian Animals (Frane Lessac, Walker Books)
  • The Story Of Australia (Robert Lewis, PRH)
  • Amazing Australians In Their Flying Machines (Prue & Kerry Mason, illus by Tom Jellett, Walker Books)
  • My Contemporary Art Book (Kate Ryan, illus by Cally Bennett, National Gallery Of Victoria)
  • Van Gogh And The Seasons (Kate Ryan, illus by Cally Bennett, National Gallery Of Victoria)
  • Koala (Claire Saxby, illus by Julie Vivas, Walker Books)
  • The Startling Story Of Lachlan Macquarie: Founding Father Or Failure? (Michael Sedunary, illus by Bern Emmerichs, Berbay).

The Notable Books act as the longlist for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. The shortlist will be announced on 27 March, and the winners on 17 August.