52 Mondays

by Anna Ciddor reviewed by Zewlan Moor Longing for Milly-Molly-Mandy for older readers? This is the book for you! Inspired by the author’s childhood 52 Mondays is a  collection of short gentle vignettes with a narrative arc, tracing young Anna Lewison’s quest for an antique doll. In its own quiet way  (highlights of their life … Continue reading 52 Mondays

The Time Travel Diaries

by Caroline Lawrence reviewed by Sarah Custance Caroline Lawrence is the author of the award winning ‘Roman Mysteries’ series, first published in 2001 and  since  translated into 14 different languages. Lawrence loves delving deep into history for her novels and tries to make them as accurate and true to history as she can and her … Continue reading The Time Travel Diaries

The Button War

Written by Avi Reviewed by Mia Macrossan The Button War by the American writer and Newbery medalist Avi is is a biting indictment of the damage suffered by civilians during wartime. The story is set in a remote Polish village during World War 1. The village is occupied by Russian soldiers who lord it over … Continue reading The Button War

Secrets of a Sun King

by Emma Carroll reviewed by Tyrion Perkins The cover immediately attracted me: children on camels in front of the Nile and desert, with a pharaoh on the back, set up the expectation of mystery, travel, and adventure. Secrets of a Sun King didn’t disappoint. In London, 1922, Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her granddad's … Continue reading Secrets of a Sun King

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