The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

by Gary Crew illustrated by Paul O'Sullivan reviewed by Lucy McGinley I was captivated by the tumultuous true story of Eva Carmichael, as retold by Gary Crew. This historical illustrated story is  based on the experiences of the sole female survivor of  the Loch Ard which was wrecked off the coast of Victoria in 1878. … Continue reading The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

Amal Unbound

by Aisha Saeed reviewed by Lucy McGinley This moving story centres on a brave young Indian girl who dreams of becoming a teacher.  One day her bravery brings her to the attention of the corrupt local landlord. In the simple act of refusing to give him her pomegranate her life changes dramatically. The determined and … Continue reading Amal Unbound

Lenny’s Book of Everything

by Karen Foxlee reviewed by Mia Macrossan Karen Foxlee says that story writing is about creating a world, breathing characters to life and enticing readers on a journey’. In LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING, her new book for younger readers she has succeeded in creating an instant classic.   This book is so vivid and immersive, so … Continue reading Lenny’s Book of Everything

Impostors

by Scott Westerfeld reviewed by Dajo Finlayson Set in a post- apocalyptic world full of advanced military technology, power struggles, dictatorships, and the ever-present threat of treachery, this novel is the first book in a new, four- part series which presents us with a thrilling return to Westerfeld’s dystopian world of his earlier titles Uglies, Pretties … Continue reading Impostors

World War One 1914-1918 resource list – NEW

Just in time for Remembrance Day we have compiled a list of fiction and non-fiction reading about World War One. It comprises picture books, some material for middle grade and also resources for high school. It is an excellent starter for a school library collection. We hope you find this useful and as always we … Continue reading World War One 1914-1918 resource list – NEW

Zenobia

written by Morten Dűrr  illustrated by Lars Horneman reviewed by Mia Macrossan This stunning graphic novel is remarkable for its cinematic treatment of a sensitive topic. It tells the story of a refugee through minimal text and many wordless images, conveying a wealth of meaning and emotion that lingers long in the reader’s mind. The book … Continue reading Zenobia

At The End of Holyrood Lane

By Dimity Powell Illustrated by Nicky Johnston Reviewed by  Maria Parenti-Baldey At The End of Holyrood Lane is more than a picture book about a young girl being frightened of storms. It’s a book about the frightening stormy reality of domestic violence. The inside page affirms this with the logos Act for kids, Paradise Kids, Think … Continue reading At The End of Holyrood Lane