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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

Theodore Finch first meets Violet Markey on the ledge of the school bell tower. Violet is up there grieving for her sister, who was killed in a car accident. Theodore has gone up to see what the towe…

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There Will be Lies by Nick Lake

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

There are plot twists aplenty in Lake’s second novel. Shelby breaks her leg but is very quickly dragged out of hospital and along on a road trip by her normally reclusive mother. Can they drive faste…

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Goodnight Already! by Jory John & Benji Davies

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

This is a tale that parents in particular will identify with.

A very tired bear settles down for some serious sleeping but a pesky duck neighbour is very much awake and desirous of company. This is …

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Other States of Mind edited by Natasha Bernard

Reviewed by Elke Power

Following on from the success of their first collections, Soup Van and Recipes & Refuge, Melbourne-based publisher, The Rag & Bone Man Press has brought together another moving collection of real-lif…

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Dancing Shadows: the music of Miriam Hyde for flute & piano

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

If you haven’t heard of Miriam Hyde, you’re missing a big chunk of Australian musical history. One of the most successful Australian female composers of the 20th Century, she premiered with the Londo…

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Charlie’s Country

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Charlie (David Gulpilil) lives in a small community in Arnhem Land. A sequence of events, funny yet sadly moving, drive him to eschew the community and go bush. But even he can’t survive in the bush …

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Glory O'Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

A.S. King is practically a genius when it comes to writing YA fiction. Her characters are complicated,conflicted and faced with impossible situations – and yet they feel utterly real. Glory O’Brien i…

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Luigi Boccherini & Giovanni Battista Cirri: Cello Sonatas

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

Until recently I’d heard of neither Australian cellist Catherine Jones nor the composer Giovanni Battista Cirri. Jones’s recording of the Boccherini and Cirri cello sonatas is, therefore, brimming wi…

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One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

Primrose Squarp is back! The too-cute girl from Everything On a Waffle (no need to read first) is relieved to have her parents back after they were lost at sea. Now she is ready to tackle new proble…

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Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

When the new librarian starts at Cyn’s school, he initially seems perfect. He’s young, hot, friendly, hot … It’s worth mentioning twice! There’s only one drawback: he’s evil. Literally.

Cyn is the o…

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