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

The Australian Children’s Illustrated Dictionary

by John McIlwain reviewed by Mia Macrossan A  dictionary can be a valuable companion when children are at the stage of becoming independent readers and writers. This revised and updated Australian Children's Illustrated Dictionary is a superb combination of information about words and what they mean, presented in simple straightforward language augmented by many attractive … Continue reading The Australian Children’s Illustrated Dictionary

Bluey: Bob Bilby

reviewed by Mia Macrossan Bluey is the award-winning and incredibly popular  Australian cartoon tv series featuring Bluey, the blue heeler pup and her family: Mum, Dad and her sister Bingo.  It is produced by the Emmy® award-winning Ludo Studio for ABC KIDS and is co-commissioned by ABC Children’s and BBC Studios. Now here are four … Continue reading Bluey: Bob Bilby

Azaria: A True History

by Maree Coote reviewed by Barbara Braxton On a cool August night 40 years ago, in the shadow of Uluru, a mother laid her baby to sleep in a tent while she and her husband and her other two children sat under the stars outside- and unknowingly began a scandal that even today, still divides … Continue reading Azaria: A True History

Coming Home to Country

by Bronwyn Bancroft reviewed by Melissa Salisbury Described in the blurb as ‘a visual and lyrical depiction of coming home to Country’,  this phrase perfectly encapsulates what this book achieves through minimal yet evocative text and eye-catching illustrations. Written in first person, Coming Home to Country tells the story of a young woman returning to … Continue reading Coming Home to Country

New Reading List – Verse Novels

Verse novels have seen a resurgence in the last couple of years with several new writers choosing to write in verse and winning awards and prizes for their work. While previously novels written in verse were perhaps for a niche readership Sharon Kernot's The Art of Taxidermy, Sarah Crossan's Toffee and Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet … Continue reading New Reading List – Verse Novels