Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach

by Rebecca Johnson illustrated by Lucia Masciullo reviewed by Mia Macrossan Congratulations to Puffin Australia for producing a new series aimed at emerging readers who are just gaining a bit of confidence aged 5 – 8. The Aussie Kids series of 8 books have 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 … Continue reading Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach

This Is How We Change The Ending

by Vikki Wakefield reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes This fifth novel from award-winning South Australian novelist Vikki Wakefield tells the story of anti-hero Nate McKee, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks,  as he journeys towards self-enlightenment and tries to escape from the seedy underbelly of his everyday life. Nate is 16, the son … Continue reading This Is How We Change The Ending

The Year the Maps Changed

by Danielle Binks reviewed by Mia Macrossan This debut novel is in Sorrento in the Mornington Peninsula in 1999. It is an emotional drama that develops slowly gradually building up to an immersive picture of a family and community in conflict. Its central character is eleven-year-old Winifred, known as Fred, Freddo or Winnie depending on … Continue reading The Year the Maps Changed

Little Bilby’s Aussie Easter Egg Hunt

by Yvonne Mes illustrated by Jody Pratt reviewed by Mia Macrossan This charming board book contains a lot in a small package. It is the perfect way to introduce your child to the joy and fun of Easter egg hunting in an Australian context. Three little bilbies are out looking for Easter eggs – they … Continue reading Little Bilby’s Aussie Easter Egg Hunt

Young Engineers

by Andrew King illustrated by Benjamin Johnston reviewed by Mia Macrossan Andrew King, a Brisbane engineer, writer, and teacher is passionate about introducing young children to the boundless possibilities offered by the world of engineering. A couple of years ago he produced a series featuring Engibears who invited young readers to help build a new robot … Continue reading Young Engineers

The Race for the Red Dragon: Children of the Dragon 2

by Rebecca Lim reviewed by Sarah Custance ‘The Race for the Red Dragon’ is the second novel in the ‘Children of the Dragon’ series by Rebecca Lim, the first being ‘The Relic of the Blue Dragon’. Rebecca Lim is the award-winning author of ‘The Astrologer’s Daughter’, ‘Afterlight’, and ‘Mercy’ all written for the YA age … Continue reading The Race for the Red Dragon: Children of the Dragon 2

Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt

 by Jennifer Bell illustrated by Alice Lickens reviewed by Barbara Braxton Daughter of world-famous botanists who were killed on a flower-collecting expedition in Australia, 8-year-old Agnes now lives with her uncle who doesn't understand her and certainly doesn't understand her need or demand for a pet. Although she now lives in a flat on the … Continue reading Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt