Social Justice: Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.

Booktopia has The Happiest Refugee, My Journey from Tragedy to Comedy by Anh Do. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Happiest Refugee online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Respect: The Kokoda Track, 1942. Jack & Hoshi are soldiers on opposite sides in the war who meet in battle, discovering that they have much more in common than they had ever realised.  Photographs in the Mud is a beautifully illustrated & moving story of events on the Kokoda Track during WWII from the point of view of two soldiers; one Australian, the other Japanese. It tells a compassionate story about the personal human tragedy of war, for both the combatants & their loved ones at home.

Fishpond Australia, Photographs in the Mud by Brian Harrison-Lever (Illustrated ) Dianne Wolfer. Buy Books online: Photographs in the Mud, ISBN Brian Harrison-Lever (Illustrated by) Dianne Wolfer

Excellence: Vividly describes the life of da Vinci, from his country childhood to his amazing legacy and explores many of his works of art, science, mechanics and architecture. Illustrated with photographs of real-life locations, artwork illustrations by Christina Uzner and reproductions of Leonardo's most famous works. Developed in consultation with reading experts from Roehampton University and a distinguished art historian.

The story of Leonardo da Vinci’s life and works, for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Find out more or buy online.

Respect: Jessie, James and William the cat live on a farm with fifty cattle, twenty chickens, four horses and three dogs. One day their lives are changed, never to be the same again. The combination of Margaret Wild's loving, poignant story and Julie Vivas's exquisite illustrations has produced a memorable picture book which will touch the hearts of young, and not-so-young, readers.

Booktopia has The Very Best of Friends by Margaret Wild. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Very Best of Friends online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Respect: The King’s Speech is the previously untold story of the extraordinary relationship between Logue and the haunted young man who became King George VI, drawn from Logue’s unpublished personal diaries. The King's Speech is an intimate portrait of the British monarchy at a time of its greatest crisis, seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy: Mark Logue, Peter Conradi:

Respect: 'I'm nobody much' That's the way Dougy sees himself. He's quiet; struggles at school & watches more than he speaks.  His siblings are the talented ones: his brother a star footballer & his sister just picked for the athletic championships. When racial tensions engulf their outback Australian town, madness & fear grips Waiting in the rising river waters lurks something even more dangerous.  Death is stalking Dougy's sister, unless he can save her.

Booktopia has Dougy, Uqp Young Adult Fiction by James Moloney. Buy a discounted Paperback of Dougy online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Respect: When the people of the Island discover a man & a tattered raft on their beach, they are reluctant to take him in. He doesn't look like them. But they cannot send him back to the sea where he will surely die. Instead, they put him aside but even that doesn't solve their problem. The Island is an astonishing and powerful  book about refugees, xenophobia, multiculturalism, social politics & human rights.

Booktopia has The Island by Armin Greder. Buy a discounted Hardcover of The Island online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Respect: In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to 13 groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped the nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America's children.

'Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters' by Barack Obama ---- In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Amer.

Respect:  This book blends humour with serious, practical suggestions for coping with bullies.  Trevor Romain reassures kids that they're not alone & it's not their fault if a bully picks on them. He describes how to become "Bully-Proof," stop bullies from hurting others, & get help in dangerous situations.   If bullies happen to read this book, they'll find ideas they can use to get along with others and feel good about themselves without making other people miserable.

Respect: This book blends humour with serious, practical suggestions for coping with bullies. Trevor Romain reassures kids that they're not alone & it's not their fault if a bully picks on them. He describes how to become "Bully-Proof," stop bullies from hurting others, & get help in dangerous situations. If bullies happen to read this book, they'll find ideas they can use to get along with others and feel good about themselves without making other people miserable.

Respect: When the soldiers return from the WWI in 1918, a memorial tree is planted. 'Lest We Forget'. But generations later, what do those who pause in the shadows of the tree's immense branches remember?  large and unruly, dislodging the statue & creating a traffic hazard in what is now a larger, busier town. A decision is made by a local council to cut the tree down.  Memorial serves as a reminder of the significance of Anzac Day, conservation, respect and remembrance.

Booktopia has Memorial, Lothian Australian Favou by Gary Crew. Buy a discounted Paperback of Memorial online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Respect: Imagine living in a country where women & girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man; having to wear clothes that cover your whole body whenever you go out.  This is Parvana's life; a young girl growing up in Afghanistan under the control of the Taliban.  When soldiers burst into her home and arrest her father, Parvana is forced to take responsibility for her whole family, dressing as a boy to make a living in the city of Kabul, risking her life in the dangerous city.

Booktopia has Parvana by Deborah Ellis. Buy a discounted Paperback of Parvana online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Respect: Enter an unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. Who would believe they'd form friendships that few would tolerate? Each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend & rely upon one another.

The Help Movie An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Respect: Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. Can shy little Matilda handle the formidable headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and win the respect of every kid in school? Yes!

Booktopia has Matilda by Roald Dahl. Buy a discounted Paperback of Matilda online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Excellence: In his most personal work to date, award-winning author Peter Ss offers a brilliant graphic memoir, taking readers on an extraordinary journey as he recalls his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, when his country was on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain.

The Wall by Peter Sis is a fantastic children& book about growing up behind the iron curtain. This page gives a peak inside, reading levels, lesson ideas.

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