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

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

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

Deeplight

by Frances Hardinge reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, an epic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, brings home the excitement, wonder and poetry of the sea. Voyages to far flung places have inspired dramatic and heroic tales. And so it is with the fantasy, Deeplight, the ninth novel for award winning … Continue reading Deeplight

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