As Fast As I Can

by Penny Tangey reviewed by Mia Macrossan Penny Tangey is a successful author with three well regarded novels to her credit: Two for older readers - Loving Richard Feynman , Clara in Washington  and, for middle grade readers. - Stay Well Soon. As Fast As I Can is about a young girl, Vivian,  in year five, … Continue reading As Fast As I Can

Not My Fault

by Cath Howe reviewed by Sarah Custance Cath Howe is a London based teacher and writer. Her first novel ‘Ella on the Outside’ was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. ‘Not My Fault’ is Howe’s second novel, it is a standalone book about two sisters finding their way back together after a life-changing incident. Maya and … Continue reading Not My Fault

NEW! Australian Animals Reading Lists

We have prepared two Reading Lists for use by teachers and parents. Australian Animal Books for Younger Readers features popular classics and many popular titles, written by awarded Australian children's writers,  all about iconic Australian animals with a recommended reading age  from babies to eight years old. The companion list, Australian Animal Books for Ages … Continue reading NEW! Australian Animals Reading Lists

Deeplight

by Frances Hardinge reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, an epic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, brings home the excitement, wonder and poetry of the sea. Voyages to far flung places have inspired dramatic and heroic tales. And so it is with the fantasy, Deeplight, the ninth novel for award winning … Continue reading Deeplight

The Lords of Melody

by Phillip Gwynne reviewed by Sarah Custance Phillip Gwynne has written many books in different genres that have achieved much critical acclaim such as his first novel ‘Deadly Unna?’, the picture book ‘Brothers from a Different Mother’, the junior fiction books ‘Jetty Rats’ and ‘Michael’, the young adult novel ‘Swerve’ and now this new middle-grade … Continue reading The Lords of Melody

The Austen Girls

by Lucy Worsley reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes Jane Austen was and is, an enigma. Her first novels were written anonymously, published with the words ‘by a lady’ under the title. Given that many of her private letters were destroyed after her death, details about her life remain shrouded in mystery. This has tempted many writers … Continue reading The Austen Girls

Zelda Stitch Term Two: Too Much Witch

by Nicki Greenberg reviewed by Sarah Custance Nicki Greenberg is a double banger author who both writes and illustrates her novels. Her works include the graphic novel adaptions of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Hamlet’; the younger readers series ‘The Naughtiest Reindeer’, and the first Zelda Stitch book ‘The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch: Bad … Continue reading Zelda Stitch Term Two: Too Much Witch