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Friday Barnes Under Suspicion

Author: RA Spratt

Publisher: Random House

Three copies to give away

When Friday Barnes cracked the case of Highcrest Academy’s mysterious swamp yeti, the last thing she expected was to be placed under arrest. Now with the law on her back and Ian Wainscott in her face, Friday is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice.

From a missing or not so missing calculator to the appearance of strange holes in the school field, she is up to her pork pie hat in crimes – and she swears not all of them are hers. There’s also new boy Christopher, who has taken quite a shine to Friday, to contend with.

Can Friday navigate the dangerous grounds of Highcrest Academy and decipher a decades old mystery without getting caught in an unexpected love triangle?

Badge Boot Button – The Story of Australian Uniforms

Author: Craig Wilcox

Publisher: NLA Publishing

Three copies to give away

At first, the Australian military followed Britain’s example in regard to uniforms, fitting soldiers out in the traditional ‘red coats’. These were impractical in the scorching heat of the new environment. Badge, Boot, Button explores the army’s gradual adaptation to the environment, complete with images of original uniforms. While soldiers had their own struggle with uniforms, army nurses, working behind the scenes of battle, endured a great deal more. Their uniforms were described by one unfortunate wearer as being close to literal ‘torture’, with traditional nurses’ caps making it feel as if their heads were “practically in a vice”.

The Simple Gift

Author: Steven Herrick

Publisher: UQP

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This is Herrick’s third novel (in verse) for young adults. It’s about Billy, who leaves home aboard a freight train heading interstate. Billy finds himself in Bendarat, living in a disused train carriage, where he meets a homeless man called Old Bill.

Old Bill drinks away his past while Billy tries to find a future. The other main character is Caitlin, a girl Billy meets in Bendarat. All three characters are searching for something to give their lives substance.