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The Eyeball End by Ali MC

Reviewed by Martin Shaw

I suspect that self-published books offered to Readings on consignment (accepted and shelved for sale, but only paid for once sold), are similar to those found in the rather unfortunately termed ‘slu…

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The Girl Who Lived by Susan Jane Berg

Reviewed by Emily Harms

Sunday 27 October, 1985. Susan was 15 years old and set out on a fishing trip in a boat with her mum, dad and older brother, Bill, on Westernport Bay in Victoria’s South East. As it grew dark, the bo…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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