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When the Floods Came by Clare Morrall

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Set in a future imagining of Britain that is scarily believable, the latest novel from Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author Clare Morrall is a literary thriller that forces readers to consider questio…

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Les Éléments: Tempêtes, Orages et Fêtes Marines by Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Christmas Day. It’s thirty-five degrees, I’m stuck on the freeway, and my air-conditioning has packed it in. A hot wind pummels the side of my car. I’m desperate to get home. I turn up the volume on …

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The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

I’m sad to admit it but I had never read Glenda Millard before The Stars at Oktober Bend and I can say I will be quickly rectifying this.

Alice has been through a truly awful assault but luckily she…

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My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

Rosa is ten years old. Rosa is a psychopath. Her older brother Che is the only one that can see it, and is therefore tasked with protecting the world from Rosa. This novel is amazingly, stunningly we…

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A Murder Without Motive by Martin McKenzie-Murray

Reviewed by Nina Kenwood

I’ve long been a fan of Martin McKenzie-Murray’s journalism, and I think his work for The Saturday Paper is outstanding. He is skilled at approaching difficult topics with sensitivity, compassion and…

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Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! by Melanie Walsh

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Colourful and clear, Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! explains the enigma of Asperger’s Syndrome. Isaac describes what his life and feelings are like in a positive way, even when his behav…

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Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

When I was first given Beautiful Broken Things I was expecting a story of teenage debauchery, a bit of crazy fun. What I was not expecting was a compelling story about strong female friendship or th…

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Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

A child’s imagination is an unencumbered expanse and can entertain possibilities and wonder that as adults we have mostly disengaged from; when was the last time you really mused on what is ‘over the…

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Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Reviewed by Jo Boyce

Jonathan has a perfect girlfriend, a decent apartment in New York, and a (soul sucking) job that pays the rent. Nonetheless, he feels like he is at a standstill, ready and waiting to fall into ‘adult…

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All That is Lost Between Us by Sara Foster

Reviewed by Stella Charls

All That is Lost Between Us is at once a psychological thriller and a portrait of a family at breaking point. At 17 years old, it’s natural that Georgia keeps secrets from her parents, yet one secret…

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