The Space We’re In

by Katya Balen illustrated by Laura Carlin reviewed by Sarah Custance ‘The Space We’re In’ is UK author Katya Balen’s debut novel and if this book is anything to go by then she is an author to look out for in the future. Katya is off to a strong start with an emotional, empathetic, thought … Continue reading The Space We’re In

When We Were Warriors

by Emma Carroll reviewed by Sarah Custance If you want a well written middle-grade historical fiction then Emma Carroll has proven herself to be the perfect choice. ‘When We Were Warriors’ is Carroll’s ninth novel and is living up to its predecessor’s excellence. This book is actually three separate stories with small tie-ins to one … Continue reading When We Were Warriors

Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

by Nat Amoore reviewed by Sarah Custance Nat Amoore is a writer and host of kidlit podcast ‘One More Page’ who is based in Sydney. ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’ is Amoore’s first published middle-grade novel. Tess Heckleston is our 10 year old female protagonist who is constantly in pursuit of the next big business … Continue reading Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

Atticus Van Tasticus

by Andrew Daddo illustrated by Stephen Michael King reviewed by Sarah Custance Adults will know Andrew Daddo from his many TV and radio shows, podcasts, stage productions, movies and even some of his other books. Daddo writes across many genres including picture books, chapter books, biographies, short stories and YA. With the release of his … Continue reading Atticus Van Tasticus

The Secret Dragon

by Ed Clarke reviewed by Yvonne Mes Even a tiny secret can be big trouble. During her search for fossils along the cliffs of the New South Wales coast, Mari discovers a fossilised egg. To her astonishment it hatches into a dragon which she calls Gweeb. Mari lives with her mother on a farm on … Continue reading The Secret Dragon

Annabel, Again

by Meg McKinlay reviewed by Sarah Custance Meg McKinlay is the award winning author of ‘A Single Stone’ and the more recently acclaimed ‘Catch a Falling Star’. The book ‘Annabel, Again’ was first published in 2007 to much critical acclaim and is now being republished for a new generation and audience. There is a lovely … Continue reading Annabel, Again

Running with the Horses

written and illustrated by Alison Lester reviewed by Mia Macrossan Running with the Horses written and illustrated by Australian national treasure Alison Lester is a new edition of an old picture book favourite. Now in a smaller hardback format it is more of an illustrated story for emerging readers. It is a stirring adventure tale … Continue reading Running with the Horses