Malaysian Picture Books – a snapshot

Malaysian Picture Books by Inda Ahmad Zabri Growing up, I read books in my native tongue, Malay or Bahasa Melayu, as well as English. Eventually, it was English literature that I fell in love with, but my search for Malay books resurged when I was home for the holidays a couple of years ago. My … Continue reading Malaysian Picture Books – a snapshot

The Adventures of Jellybean

Written by Bill Condon and Dianne Bates Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo Reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton Co-authors Bill Condon and Dianne Bates have written a delightful early chapter book for ages 6 and above, published by the University of Queensland Press. Eight-year-old best friends, Rory Hunter and Trang Nguyen live next door to each other in … Continue reading The Adventures of Jellybean

Unpacking Harper Holt

Written by Di Walker  Reviewed by Margie McKay-Lowndes In this emotive coming of age story, set in a picturesque beach-side suburb of Melbourne, Di Walker’s debut novel presents a story of hope in the face of unimaginable grief and loss. The Holts - Mum, Dad and Harper are constantly on the move due to Dad’s … Continue reading Unpacking Harper Holt

Marvin and Marigold: A Stormy Night

Written by Mark Carthew Illustrated by Simon Prescott Reviewed by Yvonne Mes If you have young children, you know what a panic it can cause if there is a sudden loss of power and everyone is left in the dark! Marigold is scared, it is night, she is in bed, there are strange noises and … Continue reading Marvin and Marigold: A Stormy Night

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

The Mulberry Tree

by Allison Rushby reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton This fantastic middle grade novel will appeal to many 8 - 12 year old readers. A mulberry tree haunts a tiny English village in Cambridgeshire where locals believe the tree has stolen two eleven- year -old girls on the eve of their birthdays in the past. Ten-year-old Immy … Continue reading The Mulberry Tree