The Boundless Sublime

Written by Lili Wilkinson Reviewed by Charlotte Barkla One part heart-breaking, one part intriguing and one part horrifying, this compelling tale demonstrates how a rational person could be indoctrinated into a violent cult and willingly deprived of their basic human rights. When Ruby’s younger brother is killed, her family is torn apart. With her mother … Continue reading The Boundless Sublime

The Belles

Written by Dhonielle Clayton Reviewed by Tyrion Perkins In the fantasy world of Orléans people are born with grey skin and red eyes, so the Belles are highly prized, not for the good looks they inherited from the Goddess of Beauty, but for their magical ability to change the appearance of others. When Camellia and … Continue reading The Belles

The Hole

Written by Kerry Brown, Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo Reviewed by Dajo Finlayson If you were walking through the woods and a hole you came upon, would you stop and take a look? Or simply carry on? One by one, several animals come upon a strange black hole in the middle of the woods and collectively … Continue reading The Hole

Cloud Conductor

Written by Kelly Byrnes Illustrated by Anne-Marie Finn Reviewed by Danielle Freeland Debut children’s author, Kellie Byrnes, and well-published illustrator, Ann-Marie Finn, have come together to deliver the delightful and thought-provoking story of Frankie, a sometimes bed-ridden child, who sees possibilities in the world around her. The story encourages children to push their imaginations to … Continue reading Cloud Conductor

The Vampire Knife #1 The Witching Hours

Written by  Jack Henseleit Illustrated by Ryan Andrews Reviewed by Sandy Driessens WARNING: DO NOT look for fairies. You will not find them. And if you do. YOU WILL REGRET IT. With a warning like this on the cover, this thrilling novel has a twisted take on all that we’ve learned about fairies. On a … Continue reading The Vampire Knife #1 The Witching Hours

Marvellous Mummy

Written by Katie Poli  Illustrated by Giuseppe Poli Reviewed by Zewlan Moor Marvellous Mummy is a simple, sweet picture book for early childhood. The rhythm is established on the first page. First a statement and then evocative words that children will enjoy mimicking. For example, 'My mummy is silly and goofy and fun. Tickle, tickle, … Continue reading Marvellous Mummy

Once Upon an ABC

Written by Sophie Masson Illustrated by Chris Nielsen Reviewed by Danielle Freeland Sophie Masson is a prolific writer who has written many books for children, many of which have been shortlisted or received awards. Illustrator, Christopher Nielsen, is a relative newcomer by comparison, and has here created an interesting and colourful visual narrative. Once Upon … Continue reading Once Upon an ABC