The Australian Survival Guide

by George Ivanoff reviewed by Mia Macrossan Even if you think Australia is trying to kill you, The Australia Survival Guide can save your life!  Australia is famous the world over for the deadliness of many of its native species so Ivanoff's survival guide is a very useful resource if you want to stay alive … Continue reading The Australian Survival Guide

Scoop McLaren Detective Editor

by Helen Castles Reviewed by Sarah Custance Helen Castles is a real life newspaper reporter with ‘Scoop McLaren Detective Editor’ being her first published book, the beginning of a series. Helen has wonderfully blended her actual reporter experience as (I’m sure you can tell by the title) it is based around a budding editor and … Continue reading Scoop McLaren Detective Editor

The Funeral

By Matt James Reviewed by Yvonne Mes This beautiful picture book  reveals a child’s understanding of death and shows her feelings and thoughts leading up to and during the day of a funeral. ‘A few days earlier, there had been a phone call. Her great-uncle Frank had died, and today was for saying goodbye.’ Norma’s … Continue reading The Funeral

The Starlight Watchmaker

by Lauren James reviewed by Yvonne Mes From the  author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World The Starlight Watchmaker tell the story of friendship between an android and a wealthy student at an intergalactic academy. In a world where androids are sentient and self-aware it … Continue reading The Starlight Watchmaker

The Runaway Pea

by Kjartan Poskitt illustrated by Alex Willmore reviewed by Claire Monsour It's time for tea, the dinner has been served - but one mischievous rogue pea has decided to ping himself off the plate in search of adventure! Thus starts an amazing journey across the kitchen and around the house, full of peril and fraught … Continue reading The Runaway Pea

The Good Thieves

by Katherine Rundell reviewed by Mia Macrossan A new book by Katherine Rundell is always an event. Her previous novels, including The Explorer and The Wolf Wilder have all been very popular and now here is The Good Thieves, a fast- paced crime adventure. I suppose the title is a bit of an oxymoron but what … Continue reading The Good Thieves

The Tiny Star

by Mem Fox and Freya Blackwood reviewed by Mia Macrossan Little children are famous for asking difficult questions - ones adults may think they are too young to fully understand the answer. Children ask questions where the adult may not be confident of answering appropriately. Questions such as 'Where do babies come from? Where is … Continue reading The Tiny Star