Rogue The Vault #2

Written by A J Betts Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Rogue, published in June this year is the sequel to Hive (2018).  I read Rogue first and then was eager to read Hive. Both can be read on their own, but Betts does call them a duology. Since I didn’t read them in the ‘correct’ order … Continue reading Rogue The Vault #2

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

by Bruce Pascoe reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowdnes Young Dark Emu is the latest offering from prolific indigenous author Bruce Pascoe of the Bunurong Clan, Kulin nation. This non-fiction picture book is an adaptation for young readers of the award winning Dark Emu, published in 2016. In both books, Pascoe argues against the notion that indigenous … Continue reading Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Mr Walker Series

Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight Mr Walker Gets the Inside Scoop written by Jess Black illustrated by Sara Acton reviewed by Leslee Anne Hewson These two new hardcover books in the series by Jess Black were published this year. Both are written in an engaging way with easy to follow storylines for the young, … Continue reading Mr Walker Series

A Girl Called Justice

by Elly Griffiths reviewed by Mia Macrossan This traditional murder mystery set in a 1930s girl’s boarding school has all the ingredients of a classic whodunnit. Justice Jones is sent to Highbury House School for the daughters of gentlefolk after her mother dies as her barrister father works too long hours to be able to … Continue reading A Girl Called Justice

This Is Home: Essential Australian Poems For Children

selected by Jackie French illustrated by Tania McCartney reviewed by Mia Macrossan This  beautifully produced book aims to to introduce young readers to the pleasures of poetry and to 'represent as many threads of our diverse past and culture as possible'. That is a huge task to accomplish in 159 pages. The selection includes some … Continue reading This Is Home: Essential Australian Poems For Children

Jane Doe and the Cradle of all Worlds #1 The Jane Doe Chronicles

by Jeremy Lachlan reviewed by Mia Macrossan This debut novel just won the  Australian Book Industry Book of the Year for Older Readers 13+ . I think that a good reader of  10+ would cope and really enjoy this rollicking fantasy adventure. Jane Doe is called Jane Doe because no-one knows who she is or … Continue reading Jane Doe and the Cradle of all Worlds #1 The Jane Doe Chronicles

Hotel Flamingo

Written and Illustrated by Alex Milway Reviewed by Zewlan Moor Anna Dupont’s Great-Aunt Mathilde has left the Hotel Flamingo to Anna in her will. Anna arrives to a decrepit old hotel with skeleton staff and empty books. Worse than this, The Glitz hotel has opened on top of the hill, in direct competition. It takes … Continue reading Hotel Flamingo