September 2020 Children's & Young Adult Backlist Highlights

Small Friends Books

Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, illustrated by Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, Patricia Stock

Small Friends Books

Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles
Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, illustrated by Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, Patricia Stock


Hardback | Aug 2019 | CSIRO Publishing | 9781486312160 | 48pp | 230x230mm | GEN | AUD$24.99, NZD$29.99

Age range 9 to 12

When a tree cries out in pain, some unexpected heroes come to the rescue.

Nema and her gang of young nematodes (tiny worms) embark on a dangerous journey underground. The Xenos, a group of wise but deadly bacteria, hitch a ride. The story of how they help the tree is full of action, life-or-death challenges and microscopic warfare. It is a story of co-operation and ancient partnership, about events happening all over the Earth, in the hidden worlds beneath our feet.

Part of the Small Friends Books series – Stories of Partnership and Cooperation in Nature.