Other Worlds #3 & #4 – George Ivanoff

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Penguin Random House

RRP $14.99

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#3 Game World

9780143786238

May 28, 2018

Random House Australia Children’s

 

George’s new series will be just as popular as his previous offerings I predict and this one particularly is clearly going to have huge appeal to the ‘gamers’ in your reading audience.

Hall is not very special in his own estimation – a little podgy and a little ordinary – but when he’s gaming he’s the ace HallsOfAwesome and hard to beat.  His ‘greatest online nemesis’ RandomizerBian he also somehow considers a friend, as he doesn’t really have many in real life and when his worthy opponent seemingly disappears from the game they play he starts to dig deeper.

Then very weirdly Hall finds a way into the game – or is it the game?

In a virtual reality that is in the midst of a ferocious battle between humans and computers Hall needs all his geekness to not only survive but to get home again. And when he comes face to face with his adversary the game really changes – for them both.

 

#4 Dark World

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9780143786252

May 28, 2018

Random House Australia Children’s

 

In this volume George takes his readers into a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by zombies –yep, got them right there! Newt (short for Newton) is a scientifically minded girl who really doesn’t care for Rowan (son of hippie health-freaks) but when they both end up facing the Dark World they are forced to work together to stop the evil that threatens all existence.

Newt and Rowan have to not only deal with some dire machinations but also reconcile their individual views on science and ‘magic’.  Giant hairy spiders that emerge from a body are not everybody’s idea of a mage’s familiar but then – neither are forces trying end the existence of every living thing.

This series is certainly going to keep readers on the edge of their seats. I would highly recommend them for kids from around ten years upwards. The manga style cover art will also appeal to many.

3rd August

An exciting and enjoyable morning spent listening to George’s energetic presentation hosted by Moreton Bay Libraries here in Redcliffe and then joining George, Penguin Random House publicist Talie, plus two lovely MBC library staff for coffee and chat.

George had children from two local schools thoroughly engaged as he spoke about his writing and his passions – science fiction, fantasy, computer gaming, Dr Who and Pokemon ;-). It was so interesting to hear how George has woven his enthusiasm for certain topics into his books such as the You Choose series (so hugely popular with  my readership!) and now the new Other World series.

And of course a real delight to be able to engage in some lively conversation with him and other library folk while we enjoyed some stunning Redcliffe winter weather and a view of the water.

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Thank you so much PRH and George – as well as MBC library service!

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Other Worlds 1: Perfect World – George Ivanoff

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Penguin Random House

9780143786191perfectworld

February 26, 2018

Random House Australia Children’s

 

RRP: $14.99

George Ivanoff has well established his cred for providing exciting adventurous narratives for the middle school crowd. In Other Worlds and this particular first instalment he’s also giving them what I would describe as a taste of dystopian for younger readers.

Keagan really has a bit on his plate. He and his mum are struggling on their own and his thoughts are overwhelmed with school, homework and bullies. That aside, an errand to go and buy pickles should be relatively simple if tedious. However, Keagan decides to ignore his mother’s advice about avoiding the local industrial estate and though he successfully avoids manic truck drivers, he does discover a weird shop with an even weirder old woman looking after it. When he riskily touches a key, he is transported to a strange world where perfection is the norm. By that I mean that everyone looks and acts almost identical and is instantly hostile to Keagan.  But then he’s shunted to the Dumping Ground and discovers that though people may be ‘perfect’ up above, the ‘rejects’ are discarded like refuse.

It does sound dark and in one way it is however it is written in far more of an adventurous way and really highlights the concept of acceptance despite differences.

I think for middle school readers this will be a fantastic and exciting new exploration. I would endorse it enthusiastically for year 4 upwards.

You Choose… – George Ivanoff

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RRP $14.99

Oh George, why do you do this to me? I continually bomb out – repeatedly. I must be the most hopeless ‘choose-your-own-adventurer’ ever! But they are great fun – and the kids are eating them up. I have a bunch of girls who just love the interactivity of this series – and I know that boys are just as wild for them. Hopefully they’re better survivors than I am!

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You Choose 9: Extreme Machine Challenge

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

ISBN: 9780143780199

Published: 27/06/2016

 

Of course if you are attending the Extreme Machine Expo the highlight would be actually getting to drive one for real, rather than just the simulator demos.  After all, it must be safe right? So which should you choose? Motorbikes, helicopters, jets, speedboats – so much variety it’s mindboggling.  You are so excited by all the possibilities you don’t even notice those strange characters at first.  But strange things are afoot and suddenly you are in the race of your life.

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You Choose 10: In the Realm of Dragons

ISBN: 9780143780212

Published: 27/06/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Naturally anyone who has always been obsessed by dragons is going to try and prove a legend about them. When you find out about the rumours of dragons right near your school camp you just have to try and discover the truth. And wow! When you come across two peculiar looking eggs, maybe the legend really is true! But just because you love dragons doesn’t mean they are going to love you right back does it?

RFDS Adventures #4 & #5 – George Ivanoff

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Fast Flight (RFDS #4)

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857988829

Published: 02/05/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

RRP $14.99

 

Young Dillon is pretty much like any other boy of his age. He loves his cricket, his room is always pretty messy and he likes hanging with his best mate Jay. Pretty much the only thing that sets Dillon apart is that he has a rare genetic disorder called Crigler-Najjar Syndrome. Less than one in a million people are born with this and the essence is that it affects Dillon’s liver to a point of such damage that his only option is a liver transplant.

Finally the time arrives after so long waiting but the problem is that it’s the middle of the night when the call comes and Dillon needs to get from Adelaide to Melbourne as fast as possible. Enter the RFDS – not just the saviours of the remote outback and bush patients. Inspired by a true case this is another riveting read in the fantastic series.

 

Medical Mission (#5)

 

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ISBN: 9780857988805

Published: 02/05/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

 

RRP $14.99

Just outside Coober Pedy a RFDS plane lands in the middle of the night at a large cattle station.  Help has arrived to help Josh’s mum with the delivery of their new baby. But when complications arise Mum and bub are airlifted to hospital and Josh is left with his Dad to help things keep on track on the property. Josh can’t help worrying about his mother and baby sister especially when no one is telling him anything.  One thing he knows is that the RFDS is

a vital service for those in remote locations and he and his classmates initiate a fundraiser for the organisation. Just as things seem to be going along okay, Josh is bitten by a deadly snake and it’s his turn to be airlifted. Lucky medical intervention has come a long way with snakebite since the early days and Josh’s outcome – as well as that of his family – is a positive one.

 

This is such a worthy series to add to your collection. The true-to-life stories, the information carefully woven in, the compelling tension of emergency situations and the opportunity for readers to ‘walk a mile in another kid’s shoes’ are all superb reasons. Of course, the fact that sales support the RFDS are another bonus.

Highly recommended for readers from around ten upwards.

RFDS Adventures #4 & #5 – George Ivanoff

 

Fast Flight (RFDS #4)

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857988829

Published: 02/05/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

RRP $14.99

 

Young Dillon is pretty much like any other boy of his age. He loves his cricket, his room is always pretty messy and he likes hanging with his best mate Jay. Pretty much the only thing that sets Dillon apart is that he has a rare genetic disorder called Crigler-Najjar Syndrome. Less than one in a million people are born with this and the essence is that it affects Dillon’s liver to a point of such damage that his only option is a liver transplant.

Finally the time arrives after so long waiting but the problem is that it’s the middle of the night when the call comes and Dillon needs to get from Adelaide to Melbourne as fast as possible. Enter the RFDS – not just the saviours of the remote outback and bush patients. Inspired by a true case this is another riveting read in the fantastic series.

 

Medical Mission (#5)

 

 

ISBN: 9780857988805

Published: 02/05/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

 

RRP $14.99

Just outside Coober Pedy a RFDS plane lands in the middle of the night at a large cattle station.  Help has arrived to help Josh’s mum with the delivery of their new baby. But when complications arise Mum and bub are airlifted to hospital and Josh is left with his Dad to help things keep on track on the property. Josh can’t help worrying about his mother and baby sister especially when no one is telling him anything.  One thing he knows is that the RFDS is

a vital service for those in remote locations and he and his classmates initiate a fundraiser for the organisation. Just as things seem to be going along okay, Josh is bitten by a deadly snake and it’s his turn to be airlifted. Lucky medical intervention has come a long way with snakebite since the early days and Josh’s outcome – as well as that of his family – is a positive one.

 

This is such a worthy series to add to your collection. The true-to-life stories, the information carefully woven in, the compelling tension of emergency situations and the opportunity for readers to ‘walk a mile in another kid’s shoes’ are all superb reasons. Of course, the fact that sales support the RFDS are another bonus.

Highly recommended for readers from around ten upwards.

RFDS Adventures #4 & #5 – George Ivanoff

 

Fast Flight (RFDS #4)

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857988829

Published: 02/05/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

RRP $14.99

 

Young Dillon is pretty much like any other boy of his age. He loves his cricket, his room is always pretty messy and he likes hanging with his best mate Jay. Pretty much the only thing that sets Dillon apart is that he has a rare genetic disorder called Crigler-Najjar Syndrome. Less than one in a million people are born with this and the essence is that it affects Dillon’s liver to a point of such damage that his only option is a liver transplant.

Finally the time arrives after so long waiting but the problem is that it’s the middle of the night when the call comes and Dillon needs to get from Adelaide to Melbourne as fast as possible. Enter the RFDS – not just the saviours of the remote outback and bush patients. Inspired by a true case this is another riveting read in the fantastic series.

 

Medical Mission (#5)

 

 

ISBN: 9780857988805

Published: 02/05/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

 

RRP $14.99

Just outside Coober Pedy a RFDS plane lands in the middle of the night at a large cattle station.  Help has arrived to help Josh’s mum with the delivery of their new baby. But when complications arise Mum and bub are airlifted to hospital and Josh is left with his Dad to help things keep on track on the property. Josh can’t help worrying about his mother and baby sister especially when no one is telling him anything.  One thing he knows is that the RFDS is

a vital service for those in remote locations and he and his classmates initiate a fundraiser for the organisation. Just as things seem to be going along okay, Josh is bitten by a deadly snake and it’s his turn to be airlifted. Lucky medical intervention has come a long way with snakebite since the early days and Josh’s outcome – as well as that of his family – is a positive one.

 

This is such a worthy series to add to your collection. The true-to-life stories, the information carefully woven in, the compelling tension of emergency situations and the opportunity for readers to ‘walk a mile in another kid’s shoes’ are all superb reasons. Of course, the fact that sales support the RFDS are another bonus.

Highly recommended for readers from around ten upwards.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Series – George Ivanoff

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Oh George! These are just fabulous! How often have we looked for really engaging thoroughly Australian adventure stories that will work for both boys and girls? And with this new series you have totally nailed a gap in the collections of many – well done!

The stories are true to life and written in a very accessible way that will suit not-so-strong readers as well as those who are sailing competently through their literary quests. They revolve around the outstanding and unique work of the RFDS and the many patients, emergencies and emotional dramas this wonderful service supports.

LOVE the outstanding covers and the alliterative titles especially!

Each has some illustrations ably rendered by Maria Pena and the first ends with a brief history and explanation of the RFDS. As if this isn’t enough purchase of the books supports the tremendous work of one of our greatest institutions.

RRP $14.99

Royal Flying Doctor Service 1: Remote Rescue

ISBN: 9780857988768

Published: 01/02/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

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Ten year old Dawson is on a road trip with his dad and two sisters, one older and one younger. Their mum is held up with work for this family holiday to Uluru and intends to fly up from Adelaide to join them. In the meantime the travellers are heading for the famous Oodnadatta track exploring along the trek.

The adventure takes a serious turn for the worst when the family camp at Farina, a deserted ‘ghost’ town and the kids’ dad has a dreadful accident in an abandoned building, breaking his leg badly as well as sustaining a nasty bang to his head. Dawson and his older sister Samantha must set aside their usual sibling rivalry in order to secure help for their father and to keep their little sister Em calm. Fortunately they are assisted by a kindly pair of ‘grey nomads’ and experience first-hand the spirit of the outback and the invaluable help of the RFDS.

Royal Flying Doctor Service 2: Emergency Echo

ISBN: 9780857988782

Published: 01/02/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

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Twelve year old Alice lives in the outback mining town of Mount Magnet with her mum, two year old brother and their grandfather. Sadly the family lost Alice’s dad to a serious illness and times have been tough for the whole family. Luckily Alice has her best buddy Ben and their shared love of cricket to help with the sad moments.

 

But a cricket game is cut short when Alice becomes really ill and suffers awful stomach pains. With Ben and Grandpa to look out for her, it appears that Alice may have appendicitis and events move very quickly as the local medical team suspect the offending organ may have ruptured.

 

Alice’s first experience of a plane trip and going to Perth is certainly not what she could have imagined as she and Grandpa are rushed off in a RFDS plane for emergency surgery. The raging storm which accompanies their flight is certainly not going to ease any anxiety but Grandpa’s own appendicitis and RFDS story along with the kind Dr Helen who is their support person relating her family history with the RFDS help greatly.

 

 

Both of these stories were a delight to read and children will not only enjoy the adventure and drama but gain a real insight into remote  life in Australia and the work of the RFDS.

 

Two more titles are on the way: Medical Mission and Fast Flight so be sure to get all these on your order list.

 

Highly recommended from Year 4 to Year 7.

 

Check out George’s website here for more.

You Choose series #6 & #7 – George Ivanoff

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#5 Night of the Creepy Carnival

ISBN: 9780857986696

Published: 01/05/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 160 pages

RRP $14.99

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#6 Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars

ISBN: 9780857986719

Published: 01/05/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 160 pages

RRP $14.99

When I received my first copies of books from this series I road tested them on my grandson who is somewhat of a reluctant reader. In fact, he was staying at my place, picked them up and didn’t put them down until he’d finished each. To me that’s a pretty fair indication of how they will be received in your library.

These latest two have gone to another young man who might enjoy them and I await his response eagerly. I know I’m pretty hopeless – I couldn’t get past 3 choices until I was exterminated so I hope he does better!

George has cleverly taken all the great aspects of gaming and transformed them into book form where readers can challenge themselves to achieve the end goal.  While primarily aimed at Middle Primary to Upper Primary these can be enjoyed by readers of all ages and certainly, if you have readers who struggle these would be a superb choice as the level of engagement and the appeal of the subject matter are perfect. Readers will persist with their reading quite naturally as they attempt to navigate their way through all the pitfalls of each story.

Clowns are considered very sinister in our family so the Night of the Creepy Carnival is well named and I didn’t like being caught out by them at all! Aliens are marginally less scary but still enough to appeal to those readers who like a good safe fright.

I remember so well how my own girls used to love the Choose Your Own Adventure format (especially the Famous Five series!) and think the timing of bringing this style of fast paced interactive reading back to the attention of a new readership is perfect.

Highly recommended for readers aged around 9 and up. Do you have what it takes?

You Choose series – George Ivanoff

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You Choose Series – George Ivanoff

You Choose #1: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove

ISBN: 9780857983831

Published: 01/05/2014

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 144 pages

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You Choose #2: Mayhem at Magic School

ISBN: 9780857983848

Published: 01/05/2014

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 160 pages

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You Choose #3: Maze of Doom

ISBN: 9780857983855

Published: 01/07/2014

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 160 pages

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You Choose #4: The Haunting of Spook House

ISBN: 9780857983862

Published: 01/07/2014

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 160 pages

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RRP – $14.99

So I received the first couple of books in this series a few weeks ago, in the madness of term time and put them to one side as others were in line first. Then during last week the next two arrived and I thought to myself, ‘Self you better get cracking on those’. Dutifully I put the pile of four on the side of my desk where they could not be ignored and I could get to them sometime over a busy weekend.

Cut to Saturday afternoon with 15 year old grandson staying over to earn some pocket money doing Gran chores, like the yard, washing the car etc. Now, our Lochie is a good egg – polite, a hard worker, good to his Mum and mostly to his little sister, loves his dog with a passion and likes mine pretty well too – but not what you would call a reader.  Although, apparently during the first week of holidays (last week) he did tear himself away from the Xbox long enough to read a Manga book I gave him last week.

Taking a cool drink break during the afternoon of chores, he picked up the first ‘You Choose’ from the top of the pile and sat down and read it straight through, commenting at the end “That was a great story – lots of fun picking what you will do next!” and promptly grabbed the next one and read that! What the….???? He’s coming back next weekend to stay over another night as we are going to the Medieval Festival and is going to read the next two then.  As Yoda would say ‘Stunned I am’.
Oddly enough, his mum wasn’t much of a reader as a kid either – until we discovered some terrific Famous Five ‘choose your own adventure’ books and then she never stopped reading.

So all I have to say is … George Ivanoff, if you can get this kid switched onto a good read when he’s railed against books his entire life, then you are definitely on a winner!   These ones are coming to school with me for sure, for a great book talk with the boys after the holidays.

Well, about the books then. As you can tell by the titles each one has a different theme and setting – all of which are very boy-appealing particularly.  With engaging illustrations, maps and the like they are easy to read and particularly suitable as read alouds as each ‘Pathway episode is brief (for those quick ten minute fill ins especially). Naturally the action is fast-paced as a result and this is definitely a plus for those reluctant readers who don’t like getting bogged down.

I think these are a must for your library shelves and in fact, in multiples, as once the word is out they will be gobbled up quickly.

Highly recommended by Lochlan for boys aged 9 and upwards.

 

Teaching notes are available here at Random House and why not take a look at George’s website here. Your students may be familiar with George from his appearance on ABC3 (10/6/2014).

You Choose… Flip Me #1 & #2

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You Choose Flip Me! 1 and 2 – George Ivanoff

The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove

Mayhem at Magic School

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You Choose Flip Me! #3 & #4

ISBN: 9780857989536

Published: 01/12/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

RRP $19.99

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You Choose Flip Me! 3 and 4

Maze of Doom

The Haunting of Spook House

 

ISBN: 9780857989550

Published: 01/12/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’

RRP $19.99

If you have kept up with this blog you will have read my reviews of the You Choose… series previously. For those who have not purchased these great titles here’s the opportunity to double the fun with two bind-ups each with two stories.

These particularly appeal to reluctant boy readers but have equal attraction for those who just want a bit of a spooky read – and there are plenty of those! I have secondary students trying to inveigle me into ‘shifting’ some titles from the primary library as they think they are ‘too scary’ for the younger ones. Really it’s just because they want to read them again!

It’s unfortunate that I never seem to successfully navigate my way through these – I always end up SPLAT in some way or other! Fortunately, others seem to have more luck – or is that skill?

The series is now up to #11 so this is a great time to stock up on the earlier titles and start promoting them.

Highly recommended for readers from around Year 4 and up.

Stories for Boys & Stories for Girls

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Stories for Boys

ISBN 9780857980885

Ebook ISBN 9780857980861

Stories for Girls

ISBN 9780857980861

Ebook 9780857980878

Random House Australia Children’s

December 2013

RRP $14.95

Two delightful collections of short stories aimed squarely at the 6-8 year olds, these two books are released with perfect timing for Christmas gifts.  With many of Australia’s leading authors on board  including Tristan Bancks, Sophie Masson, Bill Condon, George Ivanoff, Janeen Brian, Martin Chatterton, Claire Saxby and Jacqueline Harvey, little people who are either newly independent readers or enjoy read alouds will love these engaging stories. Some silly, some serious, some adventurous, some clever means something for everyone!

Stories for Boys is illustrated by Tony Flowers, whose work will be known already by followers of the popular Saurus Street series while Stories for Girls is illustrated by J. Yi who is particularly known for the Alice-Miranda series.

Over the weekend Miss Small (8) and I shared two of the stories from the Girls book and her facial expressions, comments and laughter affirmed that these will be a sure-fire hit with the smaller folk in your reading circles.  Arabella Button, by Grace Atwood was particularly well received. After all, just the very image of a giraffe doing ballet was enough to set us both in the right frame of mind for a cosy happy snuggle before bedtime. We are both looking forward to the next weekend sleepover to continue working our way through the contents page.

For those familiar with the Stories for Five, Six, Seven and Eight Year Olds series, the style of these two collections will be very recognisable. Perfect for teachers wanting a quick story for a spare five minutes or parents needing that brief before bed just-one-more tale, both of these will appeal to the imaginations and humour of the age group.

Highly recommended, both for the readings levels and interests, of boys and girls from 6-8 years old