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

Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

by Nat Amoore reviewed by Sarah Custance Nat Amoore is a writer and host of kidlit podcast ‘One More Page’ who is based in Sydney. ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’ is Amoore’s first published middle-grade novel. Tess Heckleston is our 10 year old female protagonist who is constantly in pursuit of the next big business … Continue reading Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

The Secret Dragon

by Ed Clarke reviewed by Yvonne Mes Even a tiny secret can be big trouble. During her search for fossils along the cliffs of the New South Wales coast, Mari discovers a fossilised egg. To her astonishment it hatches into a dragon which she calls Gweeb. Mari lives with her mother on a farm on … Continue reading The Secret Dragon

Annabel, Again

by Meg McKinlay reviewed by Sarah Custance Meg McKinlay is the award winning author of ‘A Single Stone’ and the more recently acclaimed ‘Catch a Falling Star’. The book ‘Annabel, Again’ was first published in 2007 to much critical acclaim and is now being republished for a new generation and audience. There is a lovely … Continue reading Annabel, Again

La La La : A Story of Hope

by Kate DiCamillo illustrated by Jaime Kim reviewed by Kerry Neary A  most unusual book about the way music can move our lives, La La La: a Story of Hope, is written by  enigmatic international author Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Korean born Jaime Kim. This is a metaphorical story about a lonely little girl … Continue reading La La La : A Story of Hope

The Dragon in the Library

by Louie Stowell illustrated by Davide Ortu reviewed by Sarah Custance Louie Stowell is an English author of many books, both fact and fiction, for children as well as being the Editorial Director at Ladybird. The Dragon in the Library is her first middle grade novel that will become a series with the second book … Continue reading The Dragon in the Library

Scoop McLaren Detective Editor

by Helen Castles Reviewed by Sarah Custance Helen Castles is a real life newspaper reporter with ‘Scoop McLaren Detective Editor’ being her first published book, the beginning of a series. Helen has wonderfully blended her actual reporter experience as (I’m sure you can tell by the title) it is based around a budding editor and … Continue reading Scoop McLaren Detective Editor