The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is about a girl who has been by herself on a spaceship bound for a new planet that can sustain life. She was born on the ship and so has never seen Earth. There were originally many other people on the ship with her, including her parents. But following… Read More

Air Born thrills from the opening pages.  17-year-old Tyler has been experiencing back pain, but it has been ignoring it as he doesn’t want to miss out on doing his first solo skydive. But during his skydive, the completely unexpected happens when wings emerge from his back – wings that save his life at the… Read More

From Matilda to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, the collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children’s imaginations for nearly forty years. First published as The Minpins in 1991, this was Dahl’s last book for children, and remained – until now – the only Dahl children’s book not to be illustrated by Blake. To celebrate the… Read More

With shades of Clave of the Cave Bears and The Hunger Games, Slave Power is the first in a new series. Set in the East of the Black Sea around 300 BC, this is a tale of Amazon Tribes under threat from slave traders who are showing no mercy as they attack the peaceful tribes… Read More

You have to get to a certain age to really be able to appreciate a book like this. You have to be able to look back on your childhood with a few years of perspective to be able to understand and articulate your reading habits and the effect that they may have had on your… Read More

Back in 2014, well-known author Kate de Goldi approached Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall with an idea aimed to revitalize the reading experience for upper primary school children and create lifetime readers. Those children, and their families, are lucky Marshall jumped at the opportunity and took a punt on Annual.  “We wanted Annual to be a game… Read More

Remix, by Non Pratt

Kaz and Ruby are best friends who are both down in the dumps about their love life. What better way to get over things than by attending Remix, a three day music festival? Good music, partying, and freedom away from parents… what could go wrong? Everything of course, as both the girl’s exes turn up… Read More

War, and everything it encompasses, becomes increasingly personal for 18-year-old Evie and her family. Straight out of school the New Zealand teenager is excited about the prospect of a tour of Europe. However, she finds herself immersed in war; first in the Home Counties – where she is confronted by society’s restrictions, her family’s expectations… Read More

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