The Republic of Birds

by Jessica Miller reviewed by Sarah Custance Jessica Miller is the author of the award-winning debut novel ‘Elizabeth and Zenobia’. Miller is Australian born but currently living in Berlin where the rich folk tales seem to have taken a grasp on her for her second novel ‘The Republic of Birds’. Almost 13-year-old Olga is living … Continue reading The Republic of Birds

In My Dreams

by Stef Gemmill illustrated by Tanja Stephani reviewed by Sandy Driessens The colourful, fantastical cover for this book speaks of adventure … of dreams. “When the world is quiet and I’m alone, I like to dream.” This opening sentence, floating through the darkness of a small child’s bedroom, prepares you for the coming story. However, … Continue reading In My Dreams

The Unadoptables

by Hana Tooke illustrated by Ayesha L Rubio reviewed by Mia Macrossan This runaway adventure story  touches the heart while stretching the imagination in many extraordinary ways. Five babies are left at the Little Tulip Orphanage in Amsterdam in 1880, one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, … Continue reading The Unadoptables

Yes, No, Maybe So

by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes Yes, No, Maybe So is a collaboration, and the latest publication, from authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed. Albertalli’s novel, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda has been made into a film, and Saeed’s novel Amal Underground was widely praised and awarded. In this story, … Continue reading Yes, No, Maybe So

The Power of Positive Pranking

by Nat Amoore reviewed by Sarah Custance Here is  an incredibly funny, thought provoking, heart-tugging book that makes you feel  anyone and everyone can make a difference. Nat Amoore is the author of ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’ and though ‘The Power of Positive Pranking’ is not a sequel is does take place in the … Continue reading The Power of Positive Pranking