The Theory of Hummingbirds

by Michelle Kadarusman reviewed by Mia Macrossan Michelle Kadarusman is an Australian  teen and middle-grade fiction writer.  She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has also lived many years in Indonesia and in Canada. The Theory of Hummingbirds is her first publication for UQP and its a terrific book. Levi and Alba are longtime friends … Continue reading The Theory of Hummingbirds

Bedtime Daddy

written by Sharon Giltrow illustrated by Katrin Dreiling reviewed by Barbara Braxton It's 7.00 pm and it's time for bed. No more screentime or playtime and regardless of the protests, it's time. But it takes perseverance and patience to work through all the diversions and distractions - getting into PJ's, teeth brushing, toilet time, stories … Continue reading Bedtime Daddy

The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky

By Holly Smale Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Happy Girl Lucky, is the first in the new romantic-comedy series The Valentines by Holly Smale, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Geek Girl books. It is a book that is lots of bubbly fun on the surface but has a deeply serious core.   Sisters Hope, Faith … Continue reading The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky

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