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

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

E-Boy #1 : Lightning Strike

by Anh Do illustrated by Chris Wahl reviewed by Sarah Custance Anh Do is now a household name in children’s books. The master of engaging reluctant readers alongside the likes of David Walliams with their ridiculously silly and funny books that have young readers in fits of laughter. Lately Anh Do has taken a different … Continue reading E-Boy #1 : Lightning Strike

Nevertell

by Katharine Orton This debut novel is an interesting and unusual combination of historical novel and fantasy for readers of 8 to 12. Nevertell is set in Siberia in a prison camp during Stalin’s rule of Russia. 12-year-old Lina knows no other world than the labour camp where she was born. She endures hunger, cruelty … Continue reading Nevertell

Kensy and Max 5: Freefall

by Jacqueline Harvey reviewed by Sarah Custance Jacqueline Harvey is a successful Australian children’s author best known for her ‘Alice-Miranda’ series (now at 18 books) and the ‘Clementine Rose’ series (now at 15 books). Kensy and Max is a relatively new series with ‘Freefall’ being the 5th and most recent book. 11-year-old twins Kensy and … Continue reading Kensy and Max 5: Freefall