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School Zone NAPLAN-style Workbooks dominate the charts!

NAPLAN-style Workbooks

Sales of School Zone NAPLAN-style workbooks skyrocketed shortly after their release in December 2012. Conceptualised and packaged by Paddlepop Press and published by Hinkler Books Australia, the Year 3 and Year 5 titles dominated the charts for more than five months in the lead-up to NAPLAN testing in May.

Author, Louise Park, held two of the top five children’s best-seller spots with her titles, School Zone Year 3 NAPLAN-style Numeracy and School Zone Year 3 NAPLAN-style Literacy; an Australian first for titles of this nature.

Top 5

School Zone Year 3 NAPLAN-style Numeracy also made it onto the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top Ten Bestsellers list. A list compiled from all published books that covers; Adults, Children’s, Fiction and Nonfiction. Sitting at no.9 on a list which includes authors such as Jamie Oliver, Jodi Picoult and Nora Roberts, it remains the only title of its kind to have ever made it onto such a list.

Top 10

The Star Girl Universe has arrived!

When Addie Banks joins the space agent training program at SEAS, a space station boarding school in outer space, her ideas about school and school life are changed forever. Packed with adrenalin-rush missions, awesomely terrifying aliens, extraordinary planets, hi-tech gadgets, spacecraft and more—Star Girl is where real life and space fantasy combine to make a truly outer-school experience for 7-10 year old readers. 8 First-year Space Cadet titles out now. 4 Second-year Space Captain titles coming September 2011 4 Third-year Space Agent titles launching February 2012 Check out the Star Girl website at

Boy vs Beast

A 21st-century boy takes on ancient beasts, in all their mutations and combinations, to protect our world from invasion in a fantasy battle series for the very young and reluctant reader.

Battle of the Worlds and Battle of the Borders out now. Battle of the Mutants unleashes in March and August 2012. Watch out for Battle of the Outlands coming soon. Learn more at and

Published by Pop & Fizz and Scholastic Australia.


Pop & Fizz

Pop & Fizz is an innovative partnership between Louise Park of Paddlepop Press and Susannah McFarlane of Lemonfizz Media. Louise is one of Australia’s leading educational consultants; publisher and writer Susannah is the former co-owner and publisher of Hardie Grant Egmont, and concept creator of Australia’s largest-selling tween fiction series, Zac Power and Go Girl!. Together, Louise and Susannah bring over 40 years’ publishing experience to Pop & Fizz. Read our launch Media Release »


Zac Power Test Drive

Louise Park, author of the Zac Power Test Drive Series, published by Hardie Grant Egmont under the pseudonym, H. I. Larry has finished the final four in this best-selling 16 book series.

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