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

The Time of Green Magic

by Hilary McKay reviewed by Mia Macrossan Hilary McKay is a popular writer in the UK who has won  the Costa Children's Book Award for The Skylarks' War, the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Exiles, and the Smarties and the Whitbread Award for The Exiles in Love and Saffy's Angel respectively. She is one of … Continue reading The Time of Green Magic

52 Mondays

by Anna Ciddor reviewed by Zewlan Moor Longing for Milly-Molly-Mandy for older readers? This is the book for you! Inspired by the author’s childhood 52 Mondays is a  collection of short gentle vignettes with a narrative arc, tracing young Anna Lewison’s quest for an antique doll. In its own quiet way  (highlights of their life … Continue reading 52 Mondays

The Little Grey Girl (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book Two)

by Celine Kiernan reviewed by Sarah Custance Celine Kiernan is an Irish author famous for her work The Moorehawke Trilogy.  The Wild Magic Trilogy is her  first time writing for a middle-grade audience. A quote on the cover describes Kiernan as Ireland’s answer to J.K. Rowling but I consider that Kiernan’s Irish heritage plays more … Continue reading The Little Grey Girl (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book Two)

Evie and the Animals

by Matt Haig illustrated by Emily Gravett reviewed by Mia Macrossan This heartwarming story introduces  a young girl who has the special talent of being able to understand and talk to animals a la Hugh Lofting's Dr Dolittle. (I don't think it is a coincidence that Evie goes to Lofting Primary School) Evie gets in … Continue reading Evie and the Animals