Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords #2 Amelia Fang series

Written and  illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson Reviewed by Sandy Driessens Meet Amelia Fang, a sparky little vampire in a dark and gloomy world … or is it? With a spider, webs and a smiling Amelia Fang in scratchy black cartoons , the cover artwork announces this story as a bit scary, but it is … Continue reading Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords #2 Amelia Fang series


Written by Ursula Dubosarsky Illustrated by Andrew Joyner  Reviewed by Zewlan Moor  Brindabella is a gentle story about friendship, death, loneliness and the harsh realities of the bush. It is thematically reminiscent of Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks, also from Allen and Unwin. Like Fox, Brindabella is bound to be a classic.  Pender … Continue reading Brindabella

Funny Kid #3 Prank Wars

Written and illustrated by Matt Stanton Reviewed by Lyn Halliday Stanton’s third book in the Funny Kid series grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go, taking you on a hilarious journey inside 11-year-old Max Walburt’s head — who really is a funny kid. Max, his best friend, and Pip (the new girl … Continue reading Funny Kid #3 Prank Wars

Leave Taking

by Lorraine Marwood illustrated by Peter Carnavas reviewed by Danielle Freeland Lorraine Marwood has delivered something very special in this verse novel. When Toby’s parents decide to pack up and leave their family’s farm to start again after the death of their only daughter, Leah. Toby doesn’t want to go.  His sadness for Leah turns … Continue reading Leave Taking

The Silver Hand

Written by Terry Deary Reviewed by Dajo Finlayson It's 1918 and the Great War is finally coming to a close. This novel, told through the eyes of Aimee Fletcher, a young girl living in the village of Bray-on-Somme in northern France when the German forces arrive, vividly portrays the horror, hunger, sickness and uncertainty that … Continue reading The Silver Hand

The Pyramid Puzzle Starring Olive Black

Written by Alex Miles Illustrated by Maude Guesne Reviewed by Tyrion Perkins When I first picked up this book with its yellow picture of camels, pyramids and girl in Cleopatra style costume, I thought it was going to be a mystery set in ancient Egypt. However, the lights around the title and “starring Olive Black,” should … Continue reading The Pyramid Puzzle Starring Olive Black

Lottie Perkins , Book 1 and Book 2

Written by Katrina Nannestad Illustrated by Makoto Koji Reviewed by Danielle Freeland Katrina Nannestad has delivered a heartwarming series of first chapter books for beginner readers. An experienced author herself, Katrina has launched the series with two titles and a further two due to be released in November, 2018. Illustrator, Makoto Koji, has brought her … Continue reading Lottie Perkins , Book 1 and Book 2