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Animal rescue stories for junior and middle fiction readers

by Angela Crocombe

When I was a kid, the stories I loved most were about animals, and I was particularly fascinated with animal rescue narratives. Well, it turns out this love is perennial and there is a whole new wave of charming books about rescuing animals of all shapes and sizes to inspire and comfort young animal lovers. Here are a few of my recent favourites… Polly Pecorino: The Girl Who Rescues Animals

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Finalists for the National Book Awards 2021

The finalists for this year’s National Book Awards have been announced. Since 1950, the National Book Awards have been celebrating the best writing in America. 2021 Finalists for Fiction

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Matrix by Lauren Groff

Zorrie by Laird Hunt

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

2021 Finalists for Nonfiction

A Little Devil in America: Notes

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Mark’s Say: October, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

Twenty years ago, there were well over 15 bookshops in Melbourne’s CBD. They included iconic names such as The Technical Bookshop, McGill’s, Angus and Robertson, Collins, Reader’s Feast and The Little Bookroom. Of those bookshops only a few remain, such as The Paperback, Dymocks Melbourne and The Hill of Content. The ones that disappeared were likely victims to a combination of rising rents and f…

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Celebrate 10 years of Stella

Dreams of the Stella Prize emerged in early 2011 out of a panel held at Readings on International Women’s Day. Now in its tenth year, the Stella Prize has become an indispensable part of Australia’s literary culture, driving book sales, sparking book clubs, and championing the careers of women and non-binary writers.

To celebrate, we’re offering 20% off each past winner of the Stella. We’re also…

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Our children’s and YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat

The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna

Wandi by Favel Parrett

It’s Not You, It’s Me by Gabrielle Williams

Bluey: Giant Activity Pad by Bluey

The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon

Big Dog, Little Dog by Sally Rippin

The Tiny Explorers by Kat Macleod

Seasons in the City by Megan McKean

Squirrel Do Bad by Stephen Pastis

Rocketing to the number one spot this week is the br…

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What we’re reading: Birch, Marillier & Bitto

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Tye Cattanach is reading Dark as Last Night by Tony Birch

If you wanted to start a fight with me, one of the surest ways would be to try to convince me Tony Birch is not one of the FINEST storytellers in this country. Because, to sound kinda …

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Our favourite reads of 2021 so far

We asked staff to let us know which book stands out as exceptional amongst everything they’ve read so far this year. Below are the books they’ve loved the most and you can browse our more extensive collection of favourites here.

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

I haven’t yet stopped thinking about Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder. Its dry humour and refreshing weirdness was just what I needed.

— Alison

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Great graphic novels for middle schoolers

Graphic novels are such a fantastic way for young people to explore complex emotional themes while developing their visual literacy. They’re a wonderful option for voracious and reluctant readers alike who are not quite ready for young adult fiction, but are already pushing away from more junior stories. These graphic novels offer more relatable plots and themes for those 10+ who are beginning to…

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New Australian Fiction shortlist spotlight: Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos

Lucky’s is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings New Australian Fiction Prize. This multi-storyline family saga brims with hope and tragedy as it follows the trajectory of a man named Lucky: his failed restaurant chain, his estranged loved ones, and how he plans to win them back.

Our 2021 judges said of Lucky’s: ‘Andrew Pippos brings these characters to life in a way few firs…

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