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The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

Reviewed by Nina Kenwood

Mia and Lorrie Ann live in the Californian town of Corona Del Mar. It is the 1990s, and the two girls, best friends, are 15 years old. Mia’s life is tough – her family is difficult and she’s dealing …

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Death Fugue by Sheng Keyi

Reviewed by Chris Dite

This allegorical tale follows a womanising doctor living with the repercussions of his involvement in a mass anti-government movement. In a world that feels parallel with China, Yuan Mengliu is a poe…

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Spud & Charli by Samantha Wheeler

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Charli dreams of owning a horse; if she could only learn to ride and win the gymkhana she might convince her parents to buy her one. It’s a big challenge but Charli has determination in spades – espe…

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We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

We Are Not Ourselves, Michael Thomas’s debut novel, caused quite a stir at the London Book Fair last year, sparking a bidding war between UK and US publishers for the rights. There was much competit…

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Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Frank Einstein is planning something very big for the school science fair. He is busy with his pair of intelligent robots, Klink and Klank, making an ‘Antimatter Motor’ in his grandad’s garage. All i…

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Hello from Nowhere by Raewyn Caisley and Karen Blair

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Eve and her dad live on the Nullarbor Plain and she loves it ‘in the middle of nowhere’. She loves the wildlife, the ever-changing tourists, the locals and the freedom. However, she misses her nan an…

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Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Reading Sonya Hartnett’s Golden Boys is unnerving, an experience akin to treading deep water. Everything above the surface appears calm, but there’s the lingering sensation that anything could be lur…

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Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

It was Christmas Eve when Apple’s mum walked out, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother. Throughout the last 11 years, not a moment has passed that Apple hasn’t longed for her to return. Then o…

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Dress, Memory by Lorelei Vashti

Reviewed by Stella Charls

Reading Lorelei Vashti’s Dress, Memory feels akin to spending time with a dear friend – the kind who might grip your hand fiercely as they talk, who could be accused of over-sharing but also bravely …

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The Family Men by Catherine Harris

Reviewed by Alan Vaarwerk

AFL player Harry Furey should be on top of the world – his team has won the premiership and his place in his family’s footballing dynasty looks assured. But Harry is tormented by the sordid events of…

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