Flavor of the week : Pan Macmillan Strawberry Swirl
Pubsicle is a weekly meme that combines our two favorite things – ice cream and books. We hand the reigns over to some of our awesome publishers as they highlight what upcoming releases they’re excited about.
Noah’s Law: Crime, Punishment and Paper Jams by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Sixteen-year-old Noah is a troublemaker. His father is a hotshot barrister. This is not a good combination. When Noah gets caught mucking up at school, his dad sends him to work at his aunt’s law firm during the holidays to ‘learn responsibility’ and ‘fix his attitude’. There he meets Jacinta – the cute intern who knows her way around a photocopier, and Casey –
the wicked witch of the firm. Noah becomes involved in a case where a woman has been killed during a mugging gone wrong. There’s a grieving husband, a guilty employer, and an open and shut case involving lots of money. But right and wrong, and crime and punishment are soon entangled as Noah realises that things are seldom what they seem.
Release Date: November 1, 2010
Randa Abdel-Fattah is the award-winning author of young adult novels, Does My Head Look Big in This?, Ten Things I Hate About Me and Where the Streets Had a Name. She is active in the interfaith community and is a member of the Coalition for Peace and Justice in Palestine. Her books have received acclaim around the world – Where the Streets Had a Name was the first Australian book to be translated into Arabic, by the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation.
Randa has won the ABIA award for Book of the Year, young adult category, as well as the Kathleen Mitchell Award. Her first two novels were CBC Notable Books. Randa also works as a lawyer and lives in Sydney with her husband, Ibrahim, and their two children.
The Blood Countess by Tara Moss
Pandora English is no ordinary small town orphan. When she’s invited to live with her mysterious Great-Aunt Celia in New York City, she seizes the opportunity to escape her stifling hometown, break from her tragic past and make it as a writer.
Things, however, are not what she is expecting. For starters, her great-aunt’s gothic mansion is in a mist-wreathed Manhattan suburb that doesn’t appear on maps. And then there’s Celia herself – a former designer to the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age – who is elegant, unnaturally young and always wearing a veil.
Pandora lands a job at a fashion magazine and her first assignment is covering the A-list launch of the latest miracle cream, BloodofYouth. But something is not right about the product, nor Athanasia, the drop-dead beautiful face of the brand. It seems there may be a secret ingredient in BloodofYouth, a secret worth killing for…
Release date: November 1, 2010
Tara Moss wrote her debut novel, Fetish, when she was 23 and since then her novels have been nominated for both the Davitt and the Ned Kelly crime writing awards, and hit Number 1 on numerous bestseller lists. Her in-depth writing research has seen her earn her private investigator credentials, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, acquire her CAMS race driver licence, be set on fire by Hollywood stunt company West EFX and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter ‘Big’ John McCarthy!
She hosts the true crime documentary television series ‘Tough Nuts – Australia’s Hardest Criminals’ on the Crime & Investigation Network, and as ‘Ambassador of Crime’ for 13th STREET Universal Channel she hosts ‘Tara Moss in Conversation’ where she interviews authors from around the world.
Born on Vancouver Island, Moss is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen. When not writing her next novel she enjoys reading voraciously and riding her motorcycle (though never at the same time), spending time with her pet python, Thing, collecting morbid Memento Mori and Victoriana, and serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.
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