Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach

by Rebecca Johnson illustrated by Lucia Masciullo reviewed by Mia Macrossan Congratulations to Puffin Australia for producing a new series aimed at emerging readers who are just gaining a bit of confidence aged 5 – 8. The Aussie Kids series of 8 books have 8 characters, 8 stories, 8 authors and illustrators from all 8 … Continue reading Aussie Kids: Meet Katie at the Beach

This Is How We Change The Ending

by Vikki Wakefield reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes This fifth novel from award-winning South Australian novelist Vikki Wakefield tells the story of anti-hero Nate McKee, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks,  as he journeys towards self-enlightenment and tries to escape from the seedy underbelly of his everyday life. Nate is 16, the son … Continue reading This Is How We Change The Ending

The Year the Maps Changed

by Danielle Binks reviewed by Mia Macrossan This debut novel is in Sorrento in the Mornington Peninsula in 1999. It is an emotional drama that develops slowly gradually building up to an immersive picture of a family and community in conflict. Its central character is eleven-year-old Winifred, known as Fred, Freddo or Winnie depending on … Continue reading The Year the Maps Changed

The Race for the Red Dragon: Children of the Dragon 2

by Rebecca Lim reviewed by Sarah Custance ‘The Race for the Red Dragon’ is the second novel in the ‘Children of the Dragon’ series by Rebecca Lim, the first being ‘The Relic of the Blue Dragon’. Rebecca Lim is the award-winning author of ‘The Astrologer’s Daughter’, ‘Afterlight’, and ‘Mercy’ all written for the YA age … Continue reading The Race for the Red Dragon: Children of the Dragon 2

Bluey: Bob Bilby

reviewed by Mia Macrossan Bluey is the award-winning and incredibly popular  Australian cartoon tv series featuring Bluey, the blue heeler pup and her family: Mum, Dad and her sister Bingo.  It is produced by the Emmy® award-winning Ludo Studio for ABC KIDS and is co-commissioned by ABC Children’s and BBC Studios. Now here are four … Continue reading Bluey: Bob Bilby

The Space We’re In

by Katya Balen illustrated by Laura Carlin reviewed by Sarah Custance ‘The Space We’re In’ is UK author Katya Balen’s debut novel and if this book is anything to go by then she is an author to look out for in the future. Katya is off to a strong start with an emotional, empathetic, thought … Continue reading The Space We’re In

When We Were Warriors

by Emma Carroll reviewed by Sarah Custance If you want a well written middle-grade historical fiction then Emma Carroll has proven herself to be the perfect choice. ‘When We Were Warriors’ is Carroll’s ninth novel and is living up to its predecessor’s excellence. This book is actually three separate stories with small tie-ins to one … Continue reading When We Were Warriors