The Unadoptables

by Hana Tooke illustrated by Ayesha L Rubio reviewed by Mia Macrossan This runaway adventure story  touches the heart while stretching the imagination in many extraordinary ways. Five babies are left at the Little Tulip Orphanage in Amsterdam in 1880, one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, … Continue reading The Unadoptables

As Fast As I Can

by Penny Tangey reviewed by Mia Macrossan Penny Tangey is a successful author with three well regarded novels to her credit: Two for older readers - Loving Richard Feynman , Clara in Washington  and, for middle grade readers. - Stay Well Soon. As Fast As I Can is about a young girl, Vivian,  in year five, … Continue reading As Fast As I Can

The Lords of Melody

by Phillip Gwynne reviewed by Sarah Custance Phillip Gwynne has written many books in different genres that have achieved much critical acclaim such as his first novel ‘Deadly Unna?’, the picture book ‘Brothers from a Different Mother’, the junior fiction books ‘Jetty Rats’ and ‘Michael’, the young adult novel ‘Swerve’ and now this new middle-grade … Continue reading The Lords of Melody

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