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1. An exciting year ahead


Happy New Year to all!

2012 will be an exciting year for NewFrontier. Our new website will be launched in the next couple of weeks and ourfirst title for 2012 has just arrived.



Professor Fred Hollows written by HazelEdwards is the third book in our Aussie Heroes series. It will give children aninsight into the many great things Fred Hollows achieved in his lifetime andbeyond.

This year is also the National Year ofReading and we hope you will join us in celebrating the joy of books throughoutthe year. Peter Carnavas’ title for 2012 reflects children’s passion for books.The Children Who Loved Books will be released in May.

Our new junior fiction series, Little Rocketslaunches in April with Katie and the Leprechaun by Kathryn England, followed bythree fabulous new titles. All of them are fast paced junior fiction withcoloured illustrations to entice children to pick up a book and readindependently.

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2. We are celebrating Jane Austen's birthday today!


Jane Austen turns 236 today. To celebrate we are giving away a $25 voucher for our online store with every copy of Mr Darcy purchased today.


Who can forget the first lines of Pride and Prejudice, published 198 years ago:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."


Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

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3. Your most eccentric Christmas family tradition



Wehave a fabulous Christmas picture book for this year.

To celebratethe release of Lily’s Wish we aregiving away two copies today.

Wejust need you to tell us your most eccentric Christmas family tradition. The moreeccentric the better!

Wewill select winners at the end of today.


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4. Mr Darcy will be launched this Sunday at idyllic Marks and Gardner Gallery

We would love to see you on Sunday at the launch of Mr Darcy. 






If you feel like putting your creative skills to the test let us know your imaginative title for a new Pride and Prejudice mash-up. Leave your  creative titles here to win a copy of Mr Darcy. Winners will be announced next Wednesday.

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5. Come and join us for the final Kids Book Swap of 2011


Come and join us for our Christmas themed Kids Book Swap this afternoon. We will be celebrating with our Christmas title, Lily's Wish.

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6. Come and join us for the launch of Nancy Bentley @fullersbookshop in Tasmania





Three years ago we heard the story of Nancy Bentley, the first Australian female sailor. A former naval officer told the story to a group of children at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Tracey Hawkins made contact with Nancy’s grandson Allan and began writing the story of Nancy Bentley. Set in 1920 in Port Arthur, Tasmania, this story features beautiful illustrations by Jacqui Grantford reflecting the time and place.

Nancy Bentley will be launched on the 26th November at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart.




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7. Peter Carnavas goes on a blog tour





Peter Carnavas, the author of the Little Treasures, is about to begin his blog tour. Over the next couple of weeks you can catch up with Peter at the most brilliant blogs below.

Peter will be answering questions, giving some insights into being a published author and will even be doing a bit of illustrating.



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8. Mr Darcy will be attending the Kids Book Swap this month




Kids Book Swap is hosting Alex Field, the author of Austen inspired Mr Darcy, at 3.30pm on Friday 28th October at Forestville Library.

Do come along for a sneak peek into the world of Pride and Prejudice before Mr Darcy is officially released on the 1st November.

We would love to see you there for our quintessential English tea party!

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9. Hazel Edwards nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Award


Congratulations to Hazel Edwards who has been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren award.



184 candidates were nominated for the award including Australian authors Jackie French and Morris Gleitzman. Hazel said she was ‘extremely honoured’ to be nominated.


Hazel is the author of Flight of the Bumblebee and Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop.


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10. Artist by Artist with Peter Carnavas




Peter by Christine from ABC Open Sunshine Coast on Vimeo.

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11. Peter Carnavas is about to embark on a blog tour to celebrate the release of Little Treasures




TheLittle Treasures have arrived andlook spectacular.
Fourof Peter Carnavas’ special books have been reduced in size and now come with anenvelope for easy postage. Instead of sending a card you can now send a veryspecial book.



Eachone of the books has a special message to impart:
Jessica’s Box –Self Worth
Sarah’s Heavy Heart – Love
The Important Things – Family
Last Tree in the City – Environment

Peteris about to embark on a blog tour to celebrate the release of the Little Treasures. He would be thrilledto pop over and visit your blog. Here are a few options:

  • ·      An interview. Peter will happily answer any of yourquestions.
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12. ONCE UPON A TIME, IT WAS BOOK WEEK

ONCE UPON A TIME, IT WAS BOOK WEEK

Aleesah Darlison, author of the Totally Twins series, shares her story with children from her home town.

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13. We are celebrating Book Week with a Book Swap


Do join us for a totally awesome Book Swap this Friday.
We will be celebrating Book Week.

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14. Tropical Trouble is about to be released. Come and help us celebrate

The gorgeous Totally Twins series has a new addition. Tropical Trouble, the third book in the sparkling new series, has just arrived.
Here it is. It look fabulous!


On Friday August 19 we will be launching Tropical Trouble at Berkelouw Books in Balgowlah. Do come along. We would love to see you there.



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15. The Music Box series continues to impress




Our awesome Music Box series continues to impress.
Deb Abela reviews the latest book in the series - The Sorcerer's Apprentice written by Tom Skinner & illustrated by Annie White.

Deborah Abela - Sorcerer's Apprentice by New Frontier Publishing

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16. Special books




The Important Things is a special book by Peter Carnavas.

Christopher has lost his father (we are not told how or why). Carnavas highlights the need for a child to be given the time and space to grieve in their own way.

The Important Things is a beautifully perceptive book.

John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop captures the essence of The Important Things. He also chats about a couple of other fabulous books. It's worth lsitening to.


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17. The Great Expedition comes to Mount Tamborine


This Sunday we will be celebrating the release of a fabulous picture book -The Great Expedition by Peter Carnavas. Our friends at Marks and Gardner Gallery in Mount Tamborine will be hosting the launch.

Do come along. We would love to see you there - the kids will be entertained with music, history and brilliant storytelling. Parents can relax with coffee and cake!

Peter Carnavas, the author and illustrator, will be signing copies of his books and his original artwork will be on display. 

The Great Expedition will be launched by Sophia Whitfield, publisher at New Frontier.

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18. New Frontier congratulates Peter Carnavas


New Frontier congratulates Peter Carnavas on the shortlisting of The Important Things for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award 2011.



Last Tree in the City has also been shortlisted for the Environment Award for Children's Literature.
A big week for Peter Carnavas!

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19. Hazel Edwards visits The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft



Yesterday Hazel Edwards and I visited The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft.

35 teacher librarians joined us from the Sutherland Shire as we discussed the future of the book, the preservation of shared reading and ideas for Book Week.

Hazel Edwards discussed the challenges involved in writing a non-boring history for children.

Many of the teacher librarians were interested in Hazel’s offer to conduct a web chat with their students. Using Skype students can have a conversation with Hazel and ask her questions about her latest book, Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop .



We had a brilliant day thanks to our enthusiastic and hospitable host Paul MacDonald from
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20. Join us for Kids Book Swap this Friday

On the last Friday of every month we throw a party at Forestville library.
We share a book with the kids and invite an author or illustrator to attend.
This month Sophia Whitfield, publisher and author, will be the guest at Kids Book Swap.
Come along and join us for this fun filled event. There will be cake!

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21. Celebrating Dame Nellie Melba's 150th Birthday

The first great Australian diva, Dame Nellie Melba, celebrates her 150th birthday today.

Born Helen Porter Mitchell, she changed her name to reflect her Melbourne heritage. In 1887 Melba made her operatic debut. She went on to sing in all the great opera houses of Europe.

During World War I Melba worked tirelessly for the war effort organising fundraising concerts across America.

Dame Nellie Melba is one of our great Aussie heroes.

Aussie Heroes: Dame Nellie Melba is written as a narrative for children 7+. There are coloured illustrations throughout the book reflecting Melba’s glamorous, colourful life. It is also available as an ebook from Booki.sh. Here is a sneak peek.



A book by Booki.sh

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22. The Great Expedition is launched in style

On the weekend The Great Expedition, written and illustrated by Peter Carnavas, was launched in style by Kelly Dunham, the festival director of Voices on the Coast. Guests were treated to music, a little history and some fine storytelling.



Krissy and Fiona from Avid Reader were most hospitable hosts. Krissy presented Peter with a birthday cake insisting that we all sing Happy Birthday to The Great Expedition.



The Carnavas band opened the event with a rendition of Botany Bay on the accordion, ukulele and guitar.


Peter then worked his illustration magic. He informed us that his Google searches for Burke and Wills had shown them to be Don Burke and Prince William. With a good deal of skill Peter turned these two famous individuals into two other famous Australians – the Australian explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills. The Great Expedition is loosely based on the adventures of these two characters.






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23. Hazel Edwards shares a poignant moment in her writing career


As an author you never know how far your book will travel. Nor possible effects it may have on others’ lives. Occasionally there’s special moment, when a reader contacts you. Or even a potential reader.

I had one of those significant moments this week. It was about relating to a hero, who was a relative.Fact evokes different responses from fiction.

Poignant e-mails arrive about fictional picture books and YA novels with which readers empathise. Parents write to me about the psychological importance of the ‘Guess What, There’s a Hippopotamus on the Hospital Roof Eating Cake’ picture book in helping a child patient adjust to hospital. Or about ‘f2m;the boy within’, the YA novel which has evoked genuine responses of relief because of the subject matter of transitioning gender has been portrayed in an approachable way in fiction.

‘But ‘Weary’ in the factual New Frontier Aussie Heroes series has been evoking responses from the ‘parent’ and ‘grandparent’ wanting to share a ‘hero’ with their young ones who are caught up with ‘celebs’ and in need of heroic, historic role models.

With a factual book, chances are that others knew the subject. And the readers have their stories to share too. I’ve had a few calls from those who knew ‘Weary’ or ‘Fred Hollows’ and each time, I wait to see if I got a fact wrong. But usually, it’s overwhelming praise from the reader, that the subject has been acknowledged in an accessible way for younger readers. And for the opportunity to provide historic ‘heroes’ who have actually done something for others rather than just been fashionably photographed as a ‘celeb.’ e.g. superficial socializing in front of camera.

I had a poignant moment today when Weary's former secretary Valda Street contacted me to get an autographed copy of my 'Weary' book for Sir Edward’s grandson Edward with whom she retains frequent contact.

A charming lady, who has close contact with the grandson, 'who is just like Weary' and regards him as his hero , but whose father Alexander is hospitalised with dementia. We shared anecdotes.

It's conversations like this which make the writing worthwhile.(I did notice she always called him Sir Edward, not ‘Weary’.)

I told her about being asked to speak about 'Heroes' and Weary to teenage Sudanese and Somali males at the Coptic Christian school and she said the gr

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24. It's a book launch and you are all invited!

We are so excited! In two weeks we will be in Brisbane to launch Peter Carnavas' latest book, The Great Expedition.
The launch will be held at Avid Reader bookshop on Sunday 15th May at 10am.
Come along and say hello. Peter has a few surpirses in store.

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25. Peter Carnavas visits Sydney

Peter Carnavas is the author and illustrator of four books, Jessica's Box, Sarah's Heavy Heart, The Important Things and Last Tree in the City. The Great Expedition will be released on the 1st May. 

Last year Peter withdrew from teaching full time to concentrate on writing and illustrating. He still teaches occasionally, but now runs workshops for children in schools on illustration techniques and visual literacy. He is highly sought after as a workshop presenter and last week visited six schools in Sydney over three days.

He now has a huge following of primary school aged fans.







Many thanks to Judith Ridge, Western Sydney Young Children's Literature Officer and Paul Macdonald from The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft, both of whom assisted with the coordination of the school visits.

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