The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

by Gary Crew illustrated by Paul O'Sullivan reviewed by Lucy McGinley I was captivated by the tumultuous true story of Eva Carmichael, as retold by Gary Crew. This historical illustrated story is  based on the experiences of the sole female survivor of  the Loch Ard which was wrecked off the coast of Victoria in 1878. … Continue reading The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

Amal Unbound

by Aisha Saeed reviewed by Lucy McGinley This moving story centres on a brave young Indian girl who dreams of becoming a teacher.  One day her bravery brings her to the attention of the corrupt local landlord. In the simple act of refusing to give him her pomegranate her life changes dramatically. The determined and … Continue reading Amal Unbound

The Mulberry Tree

by Allison Rushby reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton This fantastic middle grade novel will appeal to many 8 - 12 year old readers. A mulberry tree haunts a tiny English village in Cambridgeshire where locals believe the tree has stolen two eleven- year -old girls on the eve of their birthdays in the past. Ten-year-old Immy … Continue reading The Mulberry Tree

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

Brindabella

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