Orphans of the Tide

by Struan Murray reviewed by Sarah Custance Struan Murray is a Scottish author making a strong debut with his middle-grade novel Orphans of the Tide. The novel draws the reader in so quickly with a fast-paced plot, believable characters and a fantastical setting that it is hard to believe it is Murray’s first published book. … Continue reading Orphans of the Tide

The Bear in our Backyard

by Emma Middleton illustrated by Briony Stewart Reviewed by Zewlan Moor Spoiler alert. The Bear in our Backyard is a companion picture book to last year’s popular The Lion in our Living Room. Whereas the lion was an imaginative version of their father, the bear in this book turns out to be the mother. Once … Continue reading The Bear in our Backyard

Nanna’s Button Tin

by Dianne Wolfer illustrated by Heather Potter Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri A little girl is on a mission to find a button to replace Teddy's lost eye. It has to be just the right shape, the right size and the right colour. As she tips Nanna's button tin out on the floor, they sift … Continue reading Nanna’s Button Tin

The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

By Lisa Shanahan Allen & Unwin 2017 216 pp paperback $14.99 ISBN: 9781760293017 Reviewed by Zewlan Moor As summer comes to an end, I’d like to draw your attention to a quiet middle-grade book that seems to have escaped much hype, despite being critically acclaimed. My 8-year-old daughter and I loved it as a read-aloud. … Continue reading The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

P is for Pearl

by Eliza Henry-Jones Harper Collins AU 304 pp Paperback $19.99 ISBN 10: 146075493X  Age from 14 years Published 19 February 2018 The opening of “P is for Pearl” grabbed me immediately. I wanted to know the amazing mother who “would dress herself up in scarves and nothing else and dance around the backyard. Sometimes she’d light … Continue reading P is for Pearl