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The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig by Emer Stamp

Reviewed by Emily Gale

This is the second outing for dear Pig and his friend Duck. Although I’d highly recommend starting with their first story, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig, the follow-up stands alone and wea…

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As An Oak Tree Grows by G. Brian Karas

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

The 200 year history of a tree may seem a little dull, but believe me this picture book is a gorgeous introduction to history and nature. From a seedling planted in 1775 by a little boy, every 25 yea…

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

Lex is a self-confessed maths geek with a dream to go to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where she can pursue her love of everything mathematics. But when her brother, Taylor, commits sui…

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The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano & Sophie Blackall

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Alexander Baddenfield is a dreadful and cruel young boy from a family of rich yet historically ill-fated villains. He manages to steal his cat’s nine lives and, emboldened by his improved odds, he em…

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The Door That Led to Where by Sally Gardner

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Sally Gardner’s stories step right into to your imagination and don’t leave until long after the final page and The Door That Led to Where is no exception.

Sixteen-year-old AJ Flynn is given an old …

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

‘I regret to inform you that I have had to take my own life’ – what a way to open a book! When Cody receives this line in an email one day after her best friend Meg has taken her own life, she feels …

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Migloo’s Day by William Bee

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

A cast of many is introduced in this very busy ‘find it’ book and children with patience and a keen eye will have plenty of fun with it. Migloo is a little dog who goes exploring in Sunnytown, visiti…

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The Jolley Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

The small town of Dull-on-Sea is ransacked by pirates every full moon, baffling the police force and throwing its inhabitants into panic. Matilda enlists the assistance of her best friend, Jim Lad, a…

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Beyond The Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas & Julie Morstad (illus.)

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

This is a small gem of a novel which, with graceful, sensitive prose, opens up the possibilities that come with difference. It champions being true to yourself and learning to live your one precious …

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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Husen

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Leroy dreams of being a cowboy; he’s got a hat, a lasso and boots – everything except something to ride! So when Maybelline, an old horse with few, yet specific, needs (lots of love, compliments and …

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