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

The Fox and the Star

written and illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith  Particular Books/Penguin Australia 64 pp paperback $19.99 hardback $35.00 ISBN 978-1-846-14850-7 The Fox and the Star is an outstanding book,  to be enjoyed by all ages and one to keep and treasure forever. It was first published in  2011 and I am reviewing it here now in case you … Continue reading The Fox and the Star

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

The Book of Dust: Volume One – La Belle Sauvage

by Philip Pullman David Fickling Books 2017 paperback 448 pp $32.99 ISBN 9780857561084 If, like me, you’ve ever logged on to J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore site to check out what animal your patronus would be, my guess is that you’d love the world Phillip Pullman created as the setting for The Book of Dust - La … Continue reading The Book of Dust: Volume One – La Belle Sauvage