Cover reveal for The Fastest Ship in Space!

We are delighted to reveal the fabulous cover of our forthcoming Second Look title, a new edition of The Fastest Ship in Space, Pamela Freeman’s fun space adventure novel for younger readers, with brand-new lively cover and internal illustrations by Yvonne Low. Cover and internal design by Beattie Alvarez and Authors’ Elves.

This great new edition of The Fastest Ship in Space will be launched at The Children’s Bookshop in Sydney on June 30 at 4pm, in a double event which will also see the launch of our forthcoming Eagle Books title, Stephen Hart’s beautiful debut novel, The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock. 

Hope to see you there!


Announcing our next Second Look title, coming May 2018

We are very pleased to announce that our next Second Look title will be a brand new edition of Pamela Freeman’s fun space adventure novel for children 7-10, The Fastest Ship in Space. 

The new edition, out in May 2018, features lively new cover and internal illustrations by Yvonne Low. Cover reveal coming later!

About the book:

For Katie, exploring the far reaches of the Solar System in her family spaceship is just ordinary life – but living on Earth, now THAT would be exciting! There seems no way she and her brother, Sam, will ever see Earth, until they accidentally end up on the fastest Ship in space, on its way to the Moon. But will they ever get there? Space Station security, smugglers, space pirates – not to mention their parents – all see ready to stop them. Katie and Sam aren’t going to be pushed around. Neither is their gran…


Originally published under the title of Ship-Born by Koala Books in 2002.

About the author:

Pamela Freeman is an award-winning author of more than 30 books for both adults and children. Her children’s books include the much-loved Victor’s Quest and its sequel Victor’s Challenge (Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fantasy) and the Princess Betony series which is set in the same universe, as well as science fiction, family drama and non-fiction picture books. Her most recent children’s book, Desert Lake, won the ASO Librarian’s Choice Award, was highly commended in the Educational Publishing Awards, and was shortlisted for four other awards. Pamela also writes historical fiction for adults as Pamela Hart.

About the illustrator:

Yvonne Low is an illustrator, writer, and award-winning artist. Her book illustrations have featured in Sophie Masson’s Jack of Spades(Eagle Books), and in the anthology A Christmas Menagerie(Christmas Press), edited by Beattie Alvarez. Her work has also featured in The School Magazine, she has illustrated for ABC Commercial and her work can be seen at http://www.scbwi.org
and on her website
Twitter: @YLcreate



Another great review for This School is Driving Me Nuts

A great review of Duncan Ball’s fabulous book of plays has been posted on the Read Plus blog, with the book being highly recommended.

Here’s an extract:

There is an excellent variety of funny plays, using easy to read, descriptive language. It will challenge students to use expression, improve fluency and develop speaking confidence. The topics will appeal to readers aged 9+; from princes to vampires and a rhyming sidekick.

You can read the whole thing here.

Great review of This School is Driving Me Nuts

School is driving me nuts cover 4There’s a great review of This School is Driving Me Nuts, in Reading Time Online.

Here’s an extract:

There is a good dose of vaudeville in many of the jokes too, including an especially adventurous extension of the fly in the soup joke. Lots of word play. There are plays set in gangster worlds, in royal palaces , in a Mongolian Yak tent, there is a Dracula parody and much more. This book is more fun to read than you expect it to be, and once you’ve read it, you will be wanting to see some of these plays up on a stage. They constitute a thorough course in how to do comedy. Highly recommended for the theatrical, the demonstrative, the budding comedian, and anyone who enjoys a joke. 9 to 13 years.

You can read the whole thing here.

Publication day for This School is Driving Me Nuts!

School is driving me nuts cover 4Today is publication day for our launch title, Duncan Ball’s fantastic collection, This School is Driving Me Nuts and Other Funny Plays for Kids, illustrated by Craig Smith. We are thrilled to be publishing this fabulous book, and congratulate Duncan, Craig, and our hard-working Second Look team on a great production.

You can get the book in print or ebook format from bookshops, online and physical, all over Australia, as well as several retailers in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada, and several other countries, and from library suppliers worldwide too.