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01 Nov 2018

12 Ways Your Child Can Get The Best Out Of School

Adrian Piccoli

Australian school students are quickly slipping behind their international peers. It's something that Adrian Piccoli, a former Education Minister and now Director of the UNSW Gonski Institute for Education, is determined to change. And as a parent, he knows that we all have a role to play. To do that, Australian parents need to be better informed about their children's schooling and how they can help. In 12 Ways Your Child Can Get the Best Out of School, he sets out clearly what every parent needs to know to ensure their kids have the quality education they deserve. Jargon-free and easy-to-understand, this book will empower parents with knowledge and advice on all the key issues around an Australian education in the 21st century.

A Dream Of Italy

Nicky Pellegrino

For sale: crumbling building in southern Italy. Asking price: 1 euro. In the drowsy heat of an Italian summer, three strangers arrive in Montenello, a beautiful hilltop town. Each has agreed to buy a crumbling historic building for a single euro - and each is dreaming of a new adventure. Elise is desperate to get on the property ladder. Edward wants to escape a life he feels suffocated by. Mimi is determined to start afresh after her divorce. And there's one new arrival whose true motives are yet to be revealed ... For each of them, Montenello offers a different promise of happiness. But can they turn their dream of Italy into a reality?

A Guide To Native Bees Of Australia

Terry Houston

Thanks to the domesticated honeybee, bees are commonly perceived to be yellow and black striped insects that live in hives and produce honey. However, Australia's unassuming native bees are incredibly diverse in their appearance and habits. Some are yellow and black but others have blue stripes, are iridescent green or wasp-like. Some are social but most are solitary. Some do build nests with wax but others use silk or plant material, burrow in soil or use holes in wood and even gum nuts! "A Guide to Native Bees of Australia" provides a detailed introduction to the estimated 2000 species of Australian bees. 

A Life Of Her Own

Fiona McCallum

Alice Hamilton loved being a mature-age student, but now she's finished her university degree she needs to find herself a career.When she's offered a role in a major real estate agency, she jumps at the opportunity.  But Alice quickly realises all is not as it seems. What is she doing wrong to be so out of sync with her energetic boss, Carmel Gold, agent extraordinaire? Alice is determined to make it work, but how much will it affect her values? As everything starts to fall apart, an unexpected visit home to the country town Alice escaped years ago provides an unexpected opportunity to get some perspective.

A Rose Petal Summer

Katie Fforde

Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland. She's answered an ad in The Lady- being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it's time to make a change and do something different for a while? The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her 'one who got away', is of course purely incidental. Soon Caro is falling in love - not only with Alec but with the stunning country house she's now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and Caro soon realises there's only one way to rescue it.

Australia: Top Sights, Authentic Experiences

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet's Best of Australia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Catch an aria at the Sydney Opera House, snorkel the dazzling Great Barrier Reef, learn to surf in Byron Bay or Bondi, spot crocs in Kakadu National Park, or visit Uluru, the cultural and geographical heart of Oz; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Australia and begin your journey now!

Australian Homes : 70 Years Well Lived

Launched in 1948, Australian House &​ Garden magazine has been a trusted source of inspiration for homemakers across seven decades. This book charts architecture, interior and gardening passions and the path of domestic life in Australia, from the joyful optimism of postwar domesticity, through the explosion of colour and expression of the 1970s and '80s to the lifestyle-focused homes of today.

Australian Landscape Designers

Chris Pearson, Nicholas Watt &Tanya Buchanan

Australian landscape designers are creating some of the most innovative, beautiful and sustainable gardens in the world. To celebrate this incredible Australian talent Belle has teamed up with acclaimed garden and interiors photographer, Nicholas Watt, and regular Belle contributor Chris Pearson to showcase 26 leading Australian landscape designers and their work.

Baby

Annaleese Jochems

Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy 'Baby', an old boat docked in the Bay of Islands, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.

Beautiful Death

Fiona McIntosh

DCI Jack Hawksworth is back, working on a high-profile case breaking in London. A calculating serial killer is on the loose, committing the most gruesome of murders as he 'trophies' the faces of his victims. With each new atrocity, the public and police force are getting more desperate for results. Hawk pulls together a strong and experienced taskforce, who soon find themselves caught up in a murky world of illegal immigrants and human organ trading. As he struggles to find any sort of link between the victims, Jack identifies something unique about the most recent corpse, and things suddenly get very personal.

Beginner Gardening Step By Step

Is your lawn full of weeds? Are your fruits and vegetables diseased? Is your flower bed forlorn? Do you long to create an outdoor space you can enjoy with friends--or even a garden you can show off with pride? Provides the basics you need to get your green space under control and keep it that way. Plus lots of simple garden ideas you can do yourself. With step-by-step photographs.

Black Leopard Red Wolf

Marlon James

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: 'He has a nose,' people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. As Tracker follows the boy's scent--from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers--he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?

Bowlaway

Elizabeth McCracken

From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the beginning of the twentieth century - nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin and fifteen pounds of gold on her person - Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalises and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford's most defining landmark - with Bertha its most notable resident. She changes the town forever- her singular spirit resonating powerfully through every board and brick and bone.

Brain Food

Dr Joanna McMillan

We all want a healthy brain as we age; however, as our life span increases so does our risk of developing age-related illnesses. Did you know dementia is now the second leading cause of death in Australia? And it's the same risk factors causing dementia as is for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But it's not all bad news. Dr Joanna McMillan explains how good eating and lifestyle habits will not only help fight cardiac disease and diabetes, but will also help slow the ageing process of the brain, helping it work better as we age. Recipes by The Australian Women's Weekly.

Canada: Top Sights, Authentic Experiences

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet's Best of Canada describes the history, geography, and people of Canada; recommends hotels and restaurants; and surveys the attractions of each province.

Celtic Empire

Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler

The murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador. A deadly collision in the waterways off the city of Detroit. An attack by tomb raiders on an archaeological site along the banks of the Nile. Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie in the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago. During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows--most importantly, his own family.

Coding as a Playground

Marina Umaschi Bers

Coding as a playground is the first book to focus how young children (ages 7 and under) can engage in computational and be taught to become computer programmers, a process that can increase both their cognitive and social-emotional skills. Readers will learn how coding can engage children as producers--and not merely consumers--of technology in a playful way.

Come Find Me

Megan Miranda

After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother's search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope--a pattern registering where no signal should transmit. 
In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn't been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal--a pattern coming from his brother's bedroom.

Costuming Cosplay : Dressing The Imagination

Theresa M Winge

Cosplay, short for costume play, has grown from its origins at fan conventions into a billion-dollar global dress phenomenon. Costuming Cosplay takes us from elaborately crafted DIY costumes to online fandoms, examining how the practice of portraying fictional characters from popular culture through dress and performance has become a creative means of expressing and playing with different identities.

Curiosities and Splendour

Lonely Planet

Journey back in time with this collection of classic travel writing from great authors and adventurers. These extraordinary odysseys over land and sea captivated audiences and gave them a glimpse into countries, cities and cultures like never before. Tales include Robert Byron's ten-month journey through Persia to Afghanistan in the early 30s; Jack London's 1907 sailing adventure across the south Pacific; and Teddy Roosevelt's scientific exploration of the Brazilian jungles exotic flora and fauna.

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