Sick Bay

by Nova Weetman reviewed by Tyrion Perkins Sick Bay is Nova Weetman’s eighth  novel and she has again written a heart-warming story of a developing friendship between two girls who each have their own particular problems. Meg and Riley are two girls in year six who meet in the sick bay of their school. Meg … Continue reading Sick Bay

Thimble

by Rebecca Young illustrated by Tull Suwannakit reviewed by Sandy Driessens Attracted by the delightful, gentle illustration on the cover, then tracing my finger over the embossed lettering of “Thimble” with running stitch not quite lining up, I knew this book was going to touch my heart. Then turning to the back cover, “When her … Continue reading Thimble

The House on the Mountain

Written by Ella Holcombe Illustrated by David Cox Reviewed by Kerry Neary Australia suffers a lot from natural disasters; some are happening right now. A new release adds to the list of picture books about these disasters. The house on the mountain, , is based on experiences of the Black Saturday fires in Victoria 10 … Continue reading The House on the Mountain

Unpacking Harper Holt

Written by Di Walker  Reviewed by Margie McKay-Lowndes In this emotive coming of age story, set in a picturesque beach-side suburb of Melbourne, Di Walker’s debut novel presents a story of hope in the face of unimaginable grief and loss. The Holts - Mum, Dad and Harper are constantly on the move due to Dad’s … Continue reading Unpacking Harper Holt

Thimble

Written by Rebecca Young  Illustrated by Tull Suwannakit Reviewed by Andrea Wilson Losing a loved one is difficult, especially for young children. Thimble addresses the theme of death in a delicate and comforting way. Thimble is a picture book about a little girl whose grandmother has recently passed away. The girl finds a thimble that … Continue reading Thimble

Leave Taking

by Lorraine Marwood illustrated by Peter Carnavas reviewed by Danielle Freeland Lorraine Marwood has delivered something very special in this verse novel. When Toby’s parents decide to pack up and leave their family’s farm to start again after the death of their only daughter, Leah. Toby doesn’t want to go.  His sadness for Leah turns … Continue reading Leave Taking

The Land of Neverendings

Written by Kate Saunders  Kate Saunders is a full-time author and journalist in London who writes for children and adults. She won the Costa Children’s Book Award for Five Children on the Western Front. Reviewed by Renee Hills Imagination makes the world go round is the subtitle to this middle grade blend of fact and … Continue reading The Land of Neverendings