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The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt & Laura Watkinson

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Sometimes I encounter a book so completely enthralling I lose all track of time; day becomes night and day again. The Letter for the King is one of those books: a must-read epic adventure for childre…

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The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

Grief is a topic that is often explored in young adult fiction, where some of the most traumatic experiences can be examined in full detail. However, when it comes to tackling such an issue in middle…

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The Cat With The Coloured Tail by Gillian Mears and Dinale Dabarera

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Mr Hooper has an ice-cream truck that looks like a full moon. His special companion is The Cat with the Coloured Tail, a silver cat with a face in the shape of a heart and a tail that changes colours…

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Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Reviewed by Savannah Indigo

For 16-year-old scholarship student Van U’oc Phan, magic has never been part of the plan. She is all work and no play; responsible, reliable, rational; quiet on the outside, the noise of her tumbling…

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Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Reviewed by Eleanor Jenkins

Mary Davidson is the eldest daughter of a whaling family living in Eden on the rugged south coast of New South Wales. In Rush Oh!, she narrates her family’s tumultuous experiences during the whaling …

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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

The journey from childhood to young adulthood is never an easy path, even for those blessed with loving families and friends to help them navigate the perils of transit. When steadfast friends Bridge…

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Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

While I love a solely plot-driven book as much as I love a blustery action movie (i.e. a LOT), a book that has characters of real depth and diversity, like Resurrection Bay, is quite simply a pleasur…

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Sweet Caress by William Boyd

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

There’s a small group of us at Readings who are great fans of William Boyd, with one of my colleagues claiming his Any Human Heart as one of her favourite books. Boyd is a master storyteller who weav…

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The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

Scarlett Thomas is a very prolific young writer (The Seed Collectors is her ninth novel) and she’s also immensely talented. Her witty prose is captivating from the first page of this sprawling and hi…

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Another Day by David Levithan

Reviewed by Isobel Moore

Another Day is the companion novel to the widely acclaimed and revolutionary Every Day, which followed ‘A’ who wakes up every day possessing a new body.

Another Day follows Rhiannon, the girl who ‘A…

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