This Is Home: Essential Australian Poems For Children

selected by Jackie French illustrated by Tania McCartney reviewed by Mia Macrossan This  beautifully produced book aims to to introduce young readers to the pleasures of poetry and to 'represent as many threads of our diverse past and culture as possible'. That is a huge task to accomplish in 159 pages. The selection includes some … Continue reading This Is Home: Essential Australian Poems For Children

Jane Doe and the Cradle of all Worlds #1 The Jane Doe Chronicles

by Jeremy Lachlan reviewed by Mia Macrossan This debut novel just won the  Australian Book Industry Book of the Year for Older Readers 13+ . I think that a good reader of  10+ would cope and really enjoy this rollicking fantasy adventure. Jane Doe is called Jane Doe because no-one knows who she is or … Continue reading Jane Doe and the Cradle of all Worlds #1 The Jane Doe Chronicles

Hotel Flamingo

Written and Illustrated by Alex Milway Reviewed by Zewlan Moor Anna Dupont’s Great-Aunt Mathilde has left the Hotel Flamingo to Anna in her will. Anna arrives to a decrepit old hotel with skeleton staff and empty books. Worse than this, The Glitz hotel has opened on top of the hill, in direct competition. It takes … Continue reading Hotel Flamingo

The Institute of Fantastical Inventions

Written by Dave Leys Illustrated by Shane Ogilvie Reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton Dave Lees has written a fantastical story aptly title, The Institute of Fantastical Inventions similar in tone and look to Andy Griffiths Treehouse books and Adam Cece’s The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls. Black and white illustrations from the story … Continue reading The Institute of Fantastical Inventions

The Rogues #1 Accidental Heroes

Written by Lian Tanner Reviewed by Danielle Freeland Lian Tanner has delivered an action-packed fantasy adventure story with plenty of suspense, you will be turning the pages and wanting more. The Accidental Heroes is the first book in The Rogues series which is set in the same world as Tanner’s The Keepers series. Duckling is … Continue reading The Rogues #1 Accidental Heroes

The Button War

Written by Avi Reviewed by Mia Macrossan The Button War by the American writer and Newbery medalist Avi is is a biting indictment of the damage suffered by civilians during wartime. The story is set in a remote Polish village during World War 1. The village is occupied by Russian soldiers who lord it over … Continue reading The Button War

Off the Track

Written by Cristy Burne Illustrated by Amanda Burnett Reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lownes Younger readers will find it difficult to contemplate a life without mobile devices, but this is exactly what is imposed on the young characters in this wholesome novel by science writer Cristy Burne. Two children, Harry and Deepika, are taken on a bush walk … Continue reading Off the Track