Mercy Point

Written by Anna Snoekstra Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri Mercy Point, Anna Snoekstra’s second novel, is a YA thriller with an intriguing premise. A group of teens meet on an online messaging board, sharing a suspicion that they are adopted. Grappling with this crisis that they aren’t able to broach with their parents or friends, … Continue reading Mercy Point

Emily Green’s Garden

Written by Penny Harrison Illustrated by Megan Forward Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri Emily Green’s Garden is a picture book celebrating the love of plants. Author Penny Harrison and illustrator Megan Forward are aficionados of the gardening world, having cut their teeth on titles such as The Art Garden and A Patch from Scratch respectively. … Continue reading Emily Green’s Garden

The House on the Mountain

Written by Ella Holcombe Illustrated by David Cox Reviewed by Kerry Neary Australia suffers a lot from natural disasters; some are happening right now. A new release adds to the list of picture books about these disasters. The house on the mountain, , is based on experiences of the Black Saturday fires in Victoria 10 … Continue reading The House on the Mountain

Yahoo Creek An Australian Mystery

Written and illustrated by Tohby Riddle Reviewed by Kerry Neary Yahoo Creek: an Australian Mystery is one of those books that are better shared between adult and child because of its sophisticated presentation. It has been written and illustrated by extraordinary picture book creator Tohby Riddle. He has taken extracts from colonial newspaper reports, to … Continue reading Yahoo Creek An Australian Mystery

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