DEC Scan Journal : February 2012
80 young uncle, whose life has been cut short in a tragic accident, is to be cremated against his wishes. Desperate Max manages to open his uncle's coffin and attempts to steal the body. In the science fiction tale, Spaced out by Moya Simons, schoolboy Jesse experiences a unique and exciting vacation. His holiday involves travelling to planet Centuria, meeting Robo Rex, a robot salesman and rescuing a Spaceway Robotics android. These titles provide easy reading for the intended audience. I. McLean USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Paper $12.95 each Reviewed titles in this series: Dead certain SCIS 1497428 Spaced out SCIS 1497434 MARWOOD, Lorraine & BELL, Jocelyn Chantelle's cloak Penguin Group (Australia), 2011 (Aussie nibbles; Puffin) ISBN 9780143306382 A new baby in the family has perhaps the greatest impact on its siblings, especially those closest in age. When Chantelle realises she will no longer be the youngest and that some of her favourite games are considered babyish, she envies her neighbour, an only child, who has an invisibility cloak. Chantelle feels invisible already as the extended family prepares for the new baby. She decides to make an invisibility cloak. A caring aunt helps her make it very special and it is used to introduce and accept the newborn. The story would be useful to introduce discussion on feelings, when a new baby comes and when different families blend. R. Higginbottom USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Paper $12.95 SCIS 1520899 MITCHELL, Simon Kung Phew! Penguin Group (Australia), 2011 (Aussie Bites; Puffin) ISBN 9780143306368 Another Aussie Bite title that registers with young readers fascinated with scatological humour, this story centres on the World Farting Championships. General Pu tries to take the Beans of Destiny and it is up to Marty and his coaches, Mr Windybottom and Master Pong, to thwart him. Farting jokes and puns are plentiful and there are several twists that will keep readers and listeners engrossed. The humour may not appeal to all readers. R. Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Paper $12.95 SCIS 1517019 NORRINGTON, Leonie Crocodile Jack Penguin Group (Australia), 2011 (Aussie Bites; Puffin) ISBN 9780143305958 The Aboriginal author provides an engaging insight into contemporary life for one Aboriginal family who live in crocodile country. Jack is pleased when his big brother asks him to go fishing with him. But Tom wants to fish in crocodile territory and Jack is supposed to be the croc lookout! Wisdom from Nanna Clara and respect for the crocodile help Jack stay alive to fish another day. An insight into life in the Northern Territory outback, lessons in safety and listening to adults are subtly included in the story. Short chapters and Terry Denton's lively black and white illustrations will keep beginning readers capti- vated. The death of a wallaby and Jack's reaction is grippingly portrayed in detail. While the incident may upset some young readers, context and the unfolding story assists students. The author's website, in particular About me <www.leonienorrington.com/aboutme>, provides support for cultural understandings, and perspectives which would enrich the reading experi- ence, including for high school students exploring how readers are positioned. R. Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Paper $12.95 SCIS 1514014 PARK, Mac Boy vs beast: battle of the mutants [series] Pop & Fizz, Vic, 2011 Reminiscent of Zac Powers, and aimed squarely at readers who enjoy science fiction, computer games and customisable card games (CCGs), these books are highly appealing. Each instalment shares a common prologue, reintroducing the human world, Earth, and the secret Beasts' world, Beastium. The humans must use the elements of fire, water and rock to thwart the enemy. The featured character is Kai Masters, one of five young border guards protecting Earth from invasion by newly mutated dragons. With the reader's assistance, Kai aims to become a border captain like his Dad. The swiftly moving stories feature sparse text with very large font, supported by maps, labelled diagrams, new character strengths and battle statistics presented as CCGs, graphic novel action sequences, and fact boxes. They are exciting adventures for young readers. I. McLean USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Paper $9.95 each Reviewed titles in this series: Flamatoraq SCIS 1498333 Terraserpix SCIS 1498329 See the Resource reviews database for reviews of more resources.