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May 2018 at Jeffreys Books

Mum Mum Mum Mum. Yes, May is the month for Mothers. However, do not fret readers, there are good reads for all of us. As always, just a small selection is included here to whet your appetite.
Happy reading
Linda and the Jeffreys Team

Events: In conversation with Anita Selzer - I Am Sasha

Join us to hear from Anita Selzer discussing and reading from her new book I Am Sasha drawn from events of her grandparents.

Tuesday 15 May at 6.30pm, in-store at Jeffreys Books
140 Glenferrie Road Malvern

This is a free, standing event with limited seating. Please RSVP to orders@jeffreysbooks.com.au or 95095133
 


Last Tuesday Book Club (Fiction)
Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T towierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
In-store on Tuesday 29 May at 7pm. Contact us to reserve your place on 95095133.

 
 
 
 
 
Crime Time Book Club
Kill the Father - Sandrone Dazieri
When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the Chief of Rome’s  Major Crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed through the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself 'The Father', Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyper-observant capacities.
Caffe La Via on Thursday 31 May at 6.30pm. Contact us to reserve your place on 95095133.

 
 
 
Connection Book Club
Molly Dean - Katherine Kovacic
An unsolved murder comes to light after almost seventy years In 1999, art dealer Alex Clayton stumbles across a lost portrait of Molly Dean, an artist's muse brutally slain in Melbourne in 1930. Alex buys the painting and sets out to uncover more details, but finds there are strange inconsistencies: Molly's mother seemed unconcerned by her daughter's violent death, the main suspect was never brought to trial despite compelling evidence, and vital records are missing. Alex enlists the help of her close friend, art conservator John Porter, and together they sift through the clues and deceptions that swirl around the last days of Molly Dean.
Tuesday 29 May at 10.30am. Contact us to reserve your place on 95095133.
 
 
 
 
Dear Uncle Jeffrey,
As I watch my toddler grow I've become aware that, like Alice in Wonderland, my world sinks and 

grows in inexplicable ways. My toddler has grown out of his cot and I've outgrown my wardrobe (both the contents and the container). These can be explained. And yet my social world has shrunk and my social commitments have grown exponentially. Is it me growing and shrinking or is it my environment?
Yours in bewilderment,
Michaela
 
Dear Michaela,

I'm guessing that, like Alice, you don't feel in control of the shrinking and expanding. I'd not thought of Alice in this way before and I thank you for re-framing it for me. Of course many of the other messages from Alice couldn't be more relevant to my everyday hectic life, or maybe that's just me. Let me remind you:

The White Rabbit: "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get"The Queen of Hearts: "Now, here, you see, it takes  all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"
What a wonderful Wonderland we'd live in if we could choose what grows and that which shrinks. If you're wondering if you've gone mad, I'll answer with a quote from Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll 

tell you a secret. All the best people are."
Yours united,
Uncle Jeffrey



Featured Fiction
Flames - Robbie Arnott
A young man named Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his twenty-three-year-old sister, Charlotte--who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire.
The answers to these riddles are to be found in this tale of grief and love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across the southern island that takes us full circle.
Flames sings out with joy and sadness. Utterly original in conception, spellbinding in its descriptions of nature and its celebration of the power of language, it announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in contemporary fiction.

 
 
 
 
The Yellow House - Emily O'Grady
Ten-year-old Cub lives with her parents, older brother Cassie, and twin brother Wally on a lonely property bordering an abandoned cattle farm and knackery. Their lives are shadowed by the infamous actions of her Granddad Les in his yellow weatherboard house, just over the fence. Although Les died twelve years ago, his notoriety has grown in Cub's lifetime and the local community have ostracised the whole family. When Cub's estranged aunt Helena and cousin Tilly move next door into the yellow house, the secrets the family want to keep buried begin to bubble to the surface. And having been kept in the dark about her grandfather's crimes, Cub is now forced to come to terms with her family's murky history. The Yellow House is a powerful novel about loyalty and betrayal; about the legacies of violence and the possibilities of redemption.

 
 
 
Ponti - Sharlene Teo
2003. Singapore. Friendless and fatherless, 16-year-old Szu lives in the shadow of her mother Amisa, once a beautiful actress and now a hack medium performing séances with her sister in a rusty house. When Szu meets the privileged, acid-tongued Circe, they develop an intense friendship which offers Szu an escape from her mother's alarming solitariness, and Circe a step closer to the fascinating, unknowable Amisa.Seventeen years later, Circe is struggling through a divorce in fraught and ever-changing Singapore when a project comes up at work: a remake of the cult seventies horror film series 'Ponti', the very project that defined Amisa's short-lived film career. 

 
 
 
 
 
The Madonna of the Mountains - Elise Valmorbida
Maria Vittoria is twenty-five when her father brings home the man who will become her husband. It is 1923 in the austere Italian mountain village where her family has lived for generations, and the man she sees is tall and handsome and has survived the First World War without any noticeable scars. Taking just the linens she has sewn that make up her dowry and a statue of the Madonna that sits by her bedside, Maria leaves the only life she has ever known to begin a family. But her future will not be what she imagines.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Featured Non-Fiction
France A History: from Gaul to de Gaulle - John Julius Norwich
From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains, to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat -- and love better.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Butterfly on a Pin - Alannah Hill
One of five children from a poverty-stricken home in rural Tasmania, Alannah Hill grew up with fear and chaos her constant companions. She left home at age fifteen, her mother's critical voice embedded in her brain, and began to reinvent herself amid the bright lights of Melbourne. Melbourne was a place where anything and everything felt possible, where a freckle-faced nobody from Tasmania could dream of becoming a fashion designer. Alannah fell in love, and then couldn't fall out of love; she teased her hair to cover her fear, and travelled to Tokyo, Paris, New York and London as her career started to take off. She toured with U2 and BB King, acted in the cult movie Dogs in Space, and built a fashion empire with her iconic brand, Alannah Hill. At the height of her success she also became a mother, living an incredible dream. But it slowly began to unravel, stitch by carefully crafted stitch... With insight and brutal honesty, Alannah reminds us that what doesn't kill us doesn't necessarily make us stronger.

 
The Victoria Cross: Australia Remembers - Michael Madden
This book is an ambitious endeavour to capture the history of Australia's pre-eminent award for acts of bravery in the face of the enemy and its highest military honour, the Victoria Cross (VC). Since 1856 when the award was created by Queen Victoria, 100 Australian servicemen have been recognised with the Cross. This book, however, is not a traditional history book; it takes a different approach to recognising these remarkable Australians. Through 100 individual profiles of each Australian VC recipient, this book has been written as a way for families and friends to give their perspective on the men they knew, how the Victoria Cross has affected them and how families coped after the fighting had ended.

 
 
Monash's Masterpiece - Peter Fitzsimons
The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph, and strategically very important in the closing stages of WW1. A largely Australian force commanded by the brilliant John Monash, fought what has described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together, as a coordinated force.
Monash planned every detail meticulously - with nothing left to chance: integrated use of planes, wireless (and even carrier pigeons!) was the basis, and it went on from there, down to the details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Australia Reimagined - Hugh Mackay
Australia's unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted - whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or 'stuff'. Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Twenty-five years ago, he revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now he takes another unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. You might not agree with everything he suggests, but you'll find it hard to get some of his ideas out of your head. Argued with intelligence and passion, this book is essential reading for everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for us all.

Featured Young Adult
Leah on the Offbear - Becky Albertalli
In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda we follow Simon's BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat-but real life isn't always so rhythmic. She's an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she's bisexual, she hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends-not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.So Leah really doesn't know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.It's hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting-especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
 
 

A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

 
 
 
 
 
The Fates Divide - Veronica Roth
The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.
Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: he will die in service to Cyra's family. And when Cyra's father, Lazmet Noavek - a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead - reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.
As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may - or may not - be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

 
 
 
Featured Middle and Junior Readers
Shine Mountain - Julie Hunt
An epic adventure from the author of Song for a Scarlet Runner about a girl who finds a magical musical instrument, a boy from a travelling medicine show, and their perilous journey to a mysterious land.
On his deathbed, Ellie's pop reveals a secret - a magical button-box. It's a musical instrument from the Gleam country - a land far from Spit Farm and the mountains, with talking goats, sweet grass and corn that grows so high you have to fell it with an axe. 
But the button-box's magic is sinister. When Ellie plays it, flowers bloom and crops spring up overnight - but soon the farm is cursed by drought and her beloved oma is gravely ill. 

 
 
 
 
The Orchard Underground - Mat Larkin
An explosive, suspenseful and utterly brilliant middle-grade mystery for fans of Louis Sachar's Holes. Not-quite twelve year-old Pri Kohli knows the town of Dunn's Orchard better than anyone. After all, he was the first kid ever to live there. He knows its mysteries (none), its secrets (also none) and the best ways to have fun in it (climb a big tree and sit there).So why can't he answer newcomer Attica Stone's simple question: if the town's called Dunn's Orchard, where's the orchard?As Pri and Attica go in search of forbidden fruit, they uncover stranger mysteries: a robot caterpillar, a mayor with a murky past, a Possibly Real Actual Boogeyman and a house made of doors in a haunted wood. But what will Pri and Attica do when they discover the biggest secret of all - that something truly magical is about to be destroyed, and the only way to save it could be by destroying the town itself?Mat Larkin's stunning debut is a big-hearted, wildly surprising and deliciously well-plotted mystery for readers aged 8+ about the joy of discovery, and digging just that little bit deeper to uncover the truth.

Bob - Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
It's been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy's grandmother in Australia. Now that she's back, Livy has the feeling she's forgotten something really, really important about Gran's house.
It turns out she's right.
Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn't forget Livy, or her promise. He's been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can't remember who--or what--he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it's time to keep that promise.
Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.

 
 
 
The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery - Deborah Abela
India never wanted to enter the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee, but with the encouragement of her town, her family and some newfound friends, she overcame her fears, made it all the way to the grand final at the Sydney Opera House and won!
Now that life is returning to normal, a special delivery arrives in Yungabilla, inviting India to the UK for the Stupendously Spectacular International Spelling Bee. But how can India go without her whole family by her side? The Yungabilla community might have a solution!
In London, India is reunited with her friend Rajish and a much more pleasant Summer. They meet new spellers, and are invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.
But there is skulduggery afoot...

 
 
 
The Weird Beard (Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies #1) - Andrew Hansen & Jessica Roberts
When twelve-year-old Bab Sharkey finds a magical beard in the Egyptian desert, it attaches itself to his face, making him the Pharaoh and granting him strange powers. Bab also finds the friends he's always needed: a pair of undead animals wrapped in bandages called Scaler the Fish Mummy and Prong the Ibis Mummy. But the previous owner of the Beard, the ancient and evil sorceress Unpharaoh, is determined to get it back.
Can Bab and his new Animal Mummy friends banish the Unpharaoh back to the Afterworld?

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rizzlerunk Club: Best Buds Under Frogs - Leslie Patricelli
For Lily, it's the worst first day of school ever. Who would want to be friends with the new girl, whose debut act is to throw up on the playground (on somebody's shoes!)? Fortunately, quirky Darby comes to the rescue. Darby likes frogs and candy and oddball stuff, and soon she and Lily have formed their own club the Rizzlerunk Club. But before you can say "BFF," Darby's former best friend, mean-spirited Jill who had moved to London returns unexpectedly. Can Lily and Darby's friendship survive the British invasion? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
A Funny Thing Happened to Simon Sidebottom #1 - P Crumble
It's the final day of school holidays and the only thing Simon Sidebottom wants to do is enjoy his last hours of freedom. But Simon's mum has other plans, and they all involve shopping for school shoes with Simon's snotty-faced little sister. And then a funny thing happens . . . A hilarious, gross, laugh-out-loud, choose-your-own-adventure book.



 
 
 
 
 
 
Speccy'tacular AFL Stories - Various contributors
Lace up your boots, pull on your guernsey and get ready to hit the field running with these Brownlow-worthy AFL short stories!
A collection of AFL-themed short stories written by some of Australia's sportiest children's authors including Michael Wagner, Tony Wilson, Nicole Hayes, Michael Panckridge, Meredith Costain, George Ivanoff and many more.



 
 
 
 
 
Featured Children's
Everything You Need for a Treehouse - Carter Higgions, Illus. by Emily Hughes
Featuring beautiful images and a lyrical text with an exquisitely readable cadence, this book gives life and meaning to all the requisite elements of a treehouse, from time, timber, and rafters to ropes of twisted twine that invite visitors to sprawl out on a limb and slide back down again. For anyone who's ever wanted to escape real life and live in a nostalgic dream come true, this poignant picture book captures the universal timelessness of treehouses and celebrates all the creativity and adventure they spark.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House - Jane Godwin
From a dynamic author-illustrator team comes this fresh, fun and rhythmic exploration of colour.Bold and bright, it's the perfect book for reading aloud and sharing with young children as they learn to identify the colours of their world. Preschoolers will love the interactive element of spotting the tiny mouse hidden on every page.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Cannonball Coralie and the Lion - Grace Easton
A heartwarming picture book about friendship and the importance of standing up for yourself.
Coralie longs to join the circus – but the Man in the Big Hat says her tricks just aren’t good enough. With the help of her new friend, Lion, Coralie realises she’s perfect just the way she is.


 
 
 
 
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