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Escape From Mr Limoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

This is one of the standout reads for me this year! It is a celebration of books and all their entertaining and diverse ways, as well as being a ripper read.

Mr Lemoncello is a very successful game …

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Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Good things come in small packages and Elliot is a cute little elephant who lives in the big city of New York. His tiny stature has its challenges but he is resourceful and has inventive ways to over…

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My Father The Great Pirate by Davide Cali & Maurizio Quarello (illus.)

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

When you read a Davide Cali book it is always an unforgettable experience. His stories explore universal themes of love, war and belonging with sensitivity and empathy. My Father the Great Pirate is …

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Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park

I was a touch apprehensive coming back to this book, given the rapture with which I remembered it being received by my 13-year-old self. What if I had overestimated it in my memory? What if it wasn’t…

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Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D.D. Everest

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Archie Greene longs for adventures but foresees a lonely, boring holiday stuck at home with his Gran. But when a mysterious old book arrives on his twelfth birthday, Archie’s world transforms from mu…

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Timmy Failure Book 3: We Meet Again by Stephen Pastis

Reviewed by Kate Campbell

Timmy Failure fans, prepare yourselves for even more greatness! Timmy is back in this – the third book in his series. This time Timmy is hired by Angel de Manzanas Naranjas to find the Miracle report…

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Withering-By-Sea by Judith Rossell

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

Stella Montgomery lives at the Hotel Majestic, a beautiful, large, white building situated on top of the cliff overlooking the town of Withering-by-Sea. She lives with her three painful aunts, long-t…

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Navigatio by Patrick Holland

Reviewed by Luke May

At one point in Navigatio our heroic monk, Brendan of Clonfert, takes a slim volume from the shelf of an old soldier’s home and says, ‘That book was about a monk who set sail for a place that was bey…

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La Belle Excentrique by Patricia Petibon

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Much like the character Gil’s experience in Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris, listening to La Belle Excentrique is like stumbling into a music hall in 1920s France, complete with the idiosyncrati…

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Frog by Mo Yan

Reviewed by Annie Condon

So revered is Chinese author Mo Yan’s body of work that he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012. Frog was published in Chinese in 2009 and has now been translated by Howard Goldblatt in…

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