Nevertell

by Katharine Orton reviewed by Sarah Custance There have been a number of authors over the past few years that have made remarkably strong debuts and I will absolutely be adding Katharine Orton to that list. ‘Nevertell’ is her first novel but after a lifetime in literary adjacent fields Orton has given the reading world … Continue reading Nevertell

The Midnight Lie

by Marie Rutkoski reviewed by Mia Macrossan A midnight lie is one told for someone else's sake - a lie that sits between goodness and wrong, just as midnight is the moment between night and morning. This story, about forbidden love in a rigidly stratified society, centres on Nirrim, a young girl who is Low … Continue reading The Midnight Lie

The Republic of Birds

by Jessica Miller reviewed by Sarah Custance Jessica Miller is the author of the award-winning debut novel ‘Elizabeth and Zenobia’. Miller is Australian born but currently living in Berlin where the rich folk tales seem to have taken a grasp on her for her second novel ‘The Republic of Birds’. Almost 13-year-old Olga is living … Continue reading The Republic of Birds

The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle

by Brenda Gurr reviewed by Sarah Custance Brenda Gurr is an Australian writer who has worked on several educational resources and picture books. ‘The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle’ appears to be her first early reader chapter book and this is the start of a series of ‘Zinnia Jakes’ books. Zinnia Jakes … Continue reading The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes: The Crumbling Castle

Zelda Stitch Term Two: Too Much Witch

by Nicki Greenberg reviewed by Sarah Custance Nicki Greenberg is a double banger author who both writes and illustrates her novels. Her works include the graphic novel adaptions of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Hamlet’; the younger readers series ‘The Naughtiest Reindeer’, and the first Zelda Stitch book ‘The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch: Bad … Continue reading Zelda Stitch Term Two: Too Much Witch