Nevertell

by Katharine Orton reviewed by Sarah Custance There have been a number of authors over the past few years that have made remarkably strong debuts and I will absolutely be adding Katharine Orton to that list. ‘Nevertell’ is her first novel but after a lifetime in literary adjacent fields Orton has given the reading world … Continue reading Nevertell

Arthur and the What-Ifs

by Heath McKenzie reviewed by Mia Macrossan Arthur is a dog with a secret desire to play his violin. He has composed a tune but  he is too scared to  play it in public in case people hear it and laugh at him. What if no one likes his music? What if he made a … Continue reading Arthur and the What-Ifs

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 Dark

by Lemony Snicket illustrated by Jon Klassen reviewed by Claire Monsour Lazlo was afraid of the dark. The dark lived in the same house as Lazlo, and it liked to creep around into different nooks and corners. Most of the time, the dark stayed in the basement... but at night, it would spread itself across … Continue reading The Dark

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