Walker Books education newsletter Nov/Dec 2013
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Welcome to the final Bear Necessities for 2013!

We've got some great books to round out the year including the thrilling The Tribe Book 2: The Disappearance of Ember Crow. To celebrate the release we have relaunched The Tribe website which includes chapter samplers, a book trailer and more!

If you're still looking for book prizes for your awards night, or looking for presents of your own, check out our book prize list which is full of great books for every interest.

I'm heading to the ETA Conference in Sydney at the end of November and the VATE State Conference in Melbourne in December, so come and say hi if you are there!

Four of the manly men of Walker Books Australia are sprouting impressive moustaches this month for the noble cause of men's health. Check out our progress and show your support at

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas break and l look forward to showing you our great new titles when school returns in 2014.

Happy reading!
Steve Spargo
Walker Books Education

The Journey

Coral Tulloch

This is the story of a journey. A tale winding through several dark corners and caverns before reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. And you are a very important part of The Journey. Bernard will be your guide, but this is your journey too, for without you it would not exist.

A uniquely engaging combination of narrative, games and recipes that makes this perfect for reluctant readers.

Get a sneak peek here. The Journey includes a map that the reader fills in as they read the story. Teachers and Librarians can download a printable PDF of the map for use in schools.

Illustrated fiction/Activity book
Upper primary/Lower secondary

How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel

Anna Branford and Sarah Davis (illus)

Violet Mackerel loves to make things – especially SMALL things. Let Violet show you how to make some of her favourite SMALL THINGS: SMALL THINGS to WEAR, SMALL THINGS to USE and SMALL THINGS to GIVE. Packed full of crafty ideas and lots of thinking outside the square! All of the fun and SMALL things Violet shows you how to make can easily be made with things you have at home!

A beautiful companion to the Violet Mackerel series. Visit Violet's website for more information and activities. Get a sneak peek here.

Activity book
Lower primary/Middle primary

Send for a Superhero!

Michael Rosen and Katharine McEwen (illus)

A bedtime read turns into a very funny superhero adventure in this exciting blend of picture book and comic book storytelling.

Picture book/Graphic novel
Lower primary/Middle primary

Lizzy Bennet's Diary

Marcia Williams

Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, this is a glorious retelling of Jane Austen's most famous novel from the point of view of Lizzy Bennet, its feisty heroine. Readers will feel as though they've stepped into Austen's world: the book is packed with Lizzy's drawings, pressed flowers, handwritten notes to fold out and read, and even a letter from Mr Darcy.

Illustrated fiction
Upper primary/Lower secondary

The Tribe Book 2: The Disappearance of Ember Crow

Ambelin Kwaymullina

The follow-up to the thrilling The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf. Ember Crow is missing. To find her friend, Ashala Wolf must control her increasingly erratic and dangerous Sleepwalking ability and leave the Firstwood. But Ashala doesn’t realise that Ember is harbouring terrible secrets and is trying to shield the Tribe and all Illegals from a devastating new threat – her own past.

Visit the revamped website for a chapter sampler and book trailer.

Young adult fiction
Lower secondary/Middle secondary/Upper secondary

Dark Satanic Mills

Marcus and Julian Sedgwick, John Higgins and Marc Olivent

Framed for a murder she did not commit, the innocent and beautiful Christie has no other choice but to run for her life. A bold and compelling cautionary tale bringing together a forceful cast of characters in an elegantly conceived plot that explores prejudice, violence, fundamentalism and freedom.

Young adult graphic novel
Lower secondary/Middle secondary/Upper secondary

Now available as eBooks


Win a set of the Violet Mackerel books!
To go in the draw to win a set of the six Violet Mackerel novels and the new craft book, send me an email telling me the name of one of the novels in the series (hint: check out the Walker Books website and search for Violet Mackerel).

The hilarious Timmy Failure will be back for two brand new titles in 2014!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made was released in February 2013 and Reading Time Magazine called it a "feast of laughs". The second book, Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done, is coming in February 2014 and the third book will be released later in 2014.
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