Leanne Hall

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Leanne Hall is the Grants Officer for the Readings Foundation and also works as a children’s bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

Leanne is also a writer of young adult fiction. Her novel This Is Shyness won the Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing, and her latest, The Queen of the Night, was released in 2012.

Reviews

The Book of Pearl by Timothee De Fombelle

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

A fourteen-year-old boy runs through the forest – bleeding, heartbroken and confused – before stumbling across a welcoming hut belonging to an elderly saviour, Joshua Pearl. So begins a mystery that …

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Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Prepare to be taken uncomfortably deep into the Third Reich. Our narrator, Konrad, begins his story in utero – immediately demonstrating an ambitious nature and unswerving devotion to the Führer. Kon…

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Momo by Michael Ende

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

German author Michael Ende might be better known for his novel The Neverending Story, but it is the sweet and magical Momo that holds first place in my heart. Momo is a surreal (and at times creepy) …

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Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

In Five Star Billionaire a large cast of migrants battle to find security and happiness in a New China that is hurtling into the future. Malaysian author Tash Aw skilfully juggles the perspectives of…

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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Alif is an Arab-Indian hacker-for-hire in an unnamed Middle Eastern emirate with a digital policing system so effective it’s referred to as the Hand of God. In an already rightfully paranoid communit…

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The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers

Reviewed by Leanne Hall, Readings Carlton

A new Oliver Jeffers picture book is always a cause for celebration, and The New Jumper is a gem. The Hueys are a large group of egg-shaped creatures who look, think and act identically. When one of …

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News

An update from the Readings Foundation

by Leanne Hall

The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Grants Officer Leanne Hall visited the Church of All Nations Family Learning Program recently – one of the seven projects being supported by the Foundation in 2016.

One of the fantastic things about the Readings Foundation is that we have been able to support lo…

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A visit to the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School

by Leanne Hall

The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Readings donates 10% of its overall profit to The Readings Foundation each year, and crucial funds are also raised from donations by Readings customers. Last week, Grants Officer Leanne Hall went out to visit the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School – one of the…

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Readings Foundation Grant Recipients for 2016

by Leanne Hall

The Readings Foundation has announced $93,000 worth of grants to support a range of projects and organisations within Victoria in 2016.

The Readings Foundation grant funding in 2016 will focus strongly on organisations that provide targeted grassroots assistance with literacy and education to the most disadvantaged Victorian communities. The Foundation will also support two projects working with…

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Meet our new Grants Officer for the Readings Foundation

by Leanne Hall

We’ve just appointed a new Grants Officer for The Readings Foundation, and we’re pleased to report that she is a delight. Meet Leanne Hall… Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an author/bookseller, and now also The Readings Foundation Grants Officer. That’s a three-part slashie! I worked for many years as a Children’s and YA specialist at Readings Carlton (hello to all the kids I recomme…

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The best picture books have animals as doctors

by Leanne Hall

The best sort of picture book is one that features animals being doctors, and I’ll brook no arguments about this.

An oldie but a goodie is Dr Dog (Babette Cole), which kids love, and which some parents find intolerable due the level of scatological attention.

The disgusting Gumboyles call on Dr Dog, a Bassett hound, when the entire family falls ill. Dr Dog hotfoots back from a medical conferen…

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Maurice Sendak: A Bookseller’s Tribute

by Leanne Hall

Our children’s book specialist Leanne Hall blogs in memorium of Maurice Sendak, who passed away yesterday aged 83.

There was one book from my childhood that was more important than all the others: Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. For many, many nights in a row this book was my bedtime request. I listened avidly, waiting for the moment I could recite the final satisfying line ‘and…

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