Read winning story of 2018 StoryLinks Short Story Competition

Tuck Shop Takeover by Combat Dad By Debbie Smith   “The school is looking for tuck shop ladies, I mean helpers. Maybe you should sign up?” Mum tells Dad. “Shesh!” I blurt. Mum and Dad both turn to look at me. “What?” Mum shrugs her shoulders and gives me the glare; the glare that means … Continue reading Read winning story of 2018 StoryLinks Short Story Competition

The Brave Knight

Written by Sally Gould Illustrated by Celeste Hulme Reviewed by Zewlan Moor This is an ideal book for toddlers and preschoolers. Indeed, its theme ties into the Being, Belonging and Becoming of the Early Years Learning Framework. On the very first page, a young boy declares I am a knight. Handsome and BRAVE.  The rhythm … Continue reading The Brave Knight

Sweet Adversity

by Sheryl Gwyther  Reviewed by Zewlan Moor  Sweet Adversity is a historical fiction novel for children aged 10+. It is refreshing to see a story set in Depression-era Australia that centres around a strong-willed protagonist reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables. Not only does Adversity McAllister have the long red plaits, but she also shares a … Continue reading Sweet Adversity

Short List announced for StoryLinks Short Story Competition

There were many outstanding entries out of which the judges chose these three as the 2018 Short List: Buried by Louise Harrison Scary Sky by Karen Hendriks Tuck Shop Takeover by Combat Dad by Debbie Smith The winner will be announced at the Big Lit Quiz on November 25 at Our Lady's School, Annerley Brisbane.

The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

by Gary Crew illustrated by Paul O'Sullivan reviewed by Lucy McGinley I was captivated by the tumultuous true story of Eva Carmichael, as retold by Gary Crew. This historical illustrated story is  based on the experiences of the sole female survivor of  the Loch Ard which was wrecked off the coast of Victoria in 1878. … Continue reading The Story of Eva Carmichael: The Wreck of the Loch Ard

Amal Unbound

by Aisha Saeed reviewed by Lucy McGinley This moving story centres on a brave young Indian girl who dreams of becoming a teacher.  One day her bravery brings her to the attention of the corrupt local landlord. In the simple act of refusing to give him her pomegranate her life changes dramatically. The determined and … Continue reading Amal Unbound

Lenny’s Book of Everything

by Karen Foxlee reviewed by Mia Macrossan Karen Foxlee says that story writing is about creating a world, breathing characters to life and enticing readers on a journey’. In LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING, her new book for younger readers she has succeeded in creating an instant classic.   This book is so vivid and immersive, so … Continue reading Lenny’s Book of Everything