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 Unadoptables

by Hana Tooke illustrated by Ayesha L Rubio reviewed by Mia Macrossan This runaway adventure story  touches the heart while stretching the imagination in many extraordinary ways. Five babies are left at the Little Tulip Orphanage in Amsterdam in 1880, one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, … Continue reading The Unadoptables

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