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

Rogue The Vault #2

Written by A J Betts Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Rogue, published in June this year is the sequel to Hive (2018).  I read Rogue first and then was eager to read Hive. Both can be read on their own, but Betts does call them a duology. Since I didn’t read them in the ‘correct’ order … Continue reading Rogue The Vault #2

A Girl Called Justice

by Elly Griffiths reviewed by Mia Macrossan This traditional murder mystery set in a 1930s girl’s boarding school has all the ingredients of a classic whodunnit. Justice Jones is sent to Highbury House School for the daughters of gentlefolk after her mother dies as her barrister father works too long hours to be able to … Continue reading A Girl Called Justice

A Quiet Girl

by Peter Carnavas reviewed by Yvonne Mes Mary’s quiet conversations and ponderings are drowned out by the noise of tools, technology and toys used by her busy mother, brother and father. Mary is mostly content to be by herself surrounded by the sounds of the natural environment but is frustrated in her efforts to share … Continue reading A Quiet Girl

Maya & Cat

Written and illustrated by Caroline Magerl Reviewed by Mia Macrossan A new picture book by local artist and writer Caroline Magerl is always an event. Maya & Cat is a quirky imaginative tale about a girl who sees a cat sitting on a roof opposite her window. When she tries to entice it to come … Continue reading Maya & Cat

Sweet Adversity

by Sheryl Gwyther  Reviewed by Zewlan Moor  Sweet Adversity is a historical fiction novel for children aged 10+. It is refreshing to see a story set in Depression-era Australia that centres around a strong-willed protagonist reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables. Not only does Adversity McAllister have the long red plaits, but she also shares a … Continue reading Sweet Adversity

The Mulberry Tree

by Allison Rushby reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton This fantastic middle grade novel will appeal to many 8 - 12 year old readers. A mulberry tree haunts a tiny English village in Cambridgeshire where locals believe the tree has stolen two eleven- year -old girls on the eve of their birthdays in the past. Ten-year-old Immy … Continue reading The Mulberry Tree