Talk Under Water

Written by Kathryn Lomer Reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton Kathryn Lomer’s third young adult novel, Talk Under Water is a stunning coming-of-age story with a unique twist. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Tasmania, the story is told in dual narratives of Will Lane and Summer Rainbird. Will and Summer meet online through Facebook and both … Continue reading Talk Under Water

Sage Cookson’s Literary Launch

by Sally Murphy illustrated by Celeste Hulme reviewed by Danielle Freeland Literary Launch is the fifth book in the Sage Cookson series by Sally Murphy. The daughter of television chefs, ten-year-old, Sage, shares her parents’ passion for travel and love of food. When Sage’s teacher announces she must give a three-minute presentation in front of … Continue reading Sage Cookson’s Literary Launch

Ash Dresses her Friends

by Fu Wenzheng Ash Dresses her Friends is a classic picture book about a quiet but steadfast animal. Like Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, it has a striking cover in red, black and white, with decorative silhouettes of flowers. Where Ferdinand’s peers come to appreciate him for who he is, a pacifist bull, Ash’s peers come to … Continue reading Ash Dresses her Friends

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

Harry Kruize, Born to Lose

by Paul Collins Ford Street Publishing 2017 224 pp paperback $17.95 ISBN 9781925272628 This is the story of a teenage boy’s struggle with a school bully and explores the importance of family and good friends. The title is a little misleading but the story shows that even though your world might be in disarray sometimes … Continue reading Harry Kruize, Born to Lose

All of us Together

by Bill Condon About Kids Books 2017 paperback 160 pp $14.99  ISBN 9780994642806 If you fancy a visit to 1930s Australia, Bill Condon’s junior fiction novel All of Us Together is sure to transport you there instantly. Imagine facing the prospect of having to kill your beloved dog because you can’t afford to feed him. … Continue reading All of us Together