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Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

This is not Corinne Fenton’s first picture book about a dog and like the one in The Dog on the Tuckerbox, Bob is a loyal dog, but his faithfulness is more to the trains that travelled throughout sout…

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The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

I was madly in love with De Goldi’s The 10pm Question a few years ago, so expectations were high for the new book by this New Zealand author. This wonderful story only made me love her work even more…

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An Astronaut’s Life by Sonja Dechian

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

The settings in An Astronaut’s Life, Sonja Dechian’s debut collection of short stories, are planted both within the familiar and outlandish. The opener ‘After Francis Crick’ works not only as a story…

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How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

A new picture book by Bob Graham is always cause for celebration. How the Sun Got to Coco’s House embraces the beauty of an everyday miracle – how our sun journeys from one side of the world to the o…

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Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder and Julie Morstad

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

One night a little girl is taken to see her first ballet concert and as her heart sings with the joy of it a dream is born.

The time was the 1800s, the place Russia and the girl was Anna Pavlova. To…

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Remix by Non Pratt

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

Remix follows two girls, Ruby and Kaz, throughout the course of a weekend at a music festival. They go to escape reality and have some fun, but their trials follow them in the form of ex-boyfriends, …

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Guidelines for Mountain Lion Safety by Poe Ballantine

Reviewed by Robbie Egan

Poe Ballantine is building fine body of work, in particular his tragicomic nonfiction in which he explores and chronicles his own and America’s frailties, absurdities and shortcomings. Guidelines for

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Described as required reading by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ searing missive to his 15-year-old son Samori is one of the most powerful pieces of writing I’ve ever read. Through an…

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Leo da Vinci vs The Ice-Cream Domination League by Michael Pryor

Reviewed by Emily Gale

Writing for a younger age group for the first time, here’s much-loved Australian author Michael Pryor with a new series that centres on an inventor – 10-year-old Leo Da Vinci – who is bright and adv…

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Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master by Emily Rodda

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

As a young girl in a post-Shadow Lord Deltora, Britta has two choices – work in her mother’s shop, exiled to the outskirts of her village, or fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a Trader and sailin…

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