Clare Millar

Clare Millar is the children's specialist at Readings Malvern

Review — 1 Sep 2023

Millie Mak the Maker (Millie Mak, Book 1) by Alice Pung & Sher Rill Ng (illus.)

Australian literary superstar Alice Pung again pairs up with talented illustrator Sher Rill Ng (their picture book together, Be Careful Xiao Xin!, is a 2023 CBCA Notable Book) for…

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Review — 31 Jul 2023

The Fortune Maker by Catherine Norton

Catherine Norton’s first middle grade novel, Crossing, was a CBCA Notable Book and was joint winner of the 2015 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the NSW Premier’s…

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Review — 3 Jul 2023

Meet Me at the Moon Tree by Shivaun Plozza

Meet Me at the Moon Tree by Shivaun Plozza is a real treasure, and it’s one that hit me harder than I expected. Known for A Reluctant Witch’s Guide to

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Review — 24 May 2023

It's the Sound of the Thing by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is already well-known for her poetry and for her children’s books. Now, she has published a collection of 100 new poems for young people. The collection includes…

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Review — 24 Apr 2023

Fat Girl Dancing: A Memoir by Kris Kneen

Kris Kneen is quite the force in Australian literature. Fat Girl Dancing, their latest memoir, confirms Kneen as an outstanding writer. This is a memoir of fatness, and Kneen’s…

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Review — 20 Apr 2023

The Sideways Orbit of Evie Hart by Samera Kamaleddine

Samera Kamaleddine won the inaugural Matilda Children’s Literature Prize in 2020 for her debut young adult novel Half My Luck. Now, she returns with her middle grade debut The Sideways

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Review — 30 Jan 2023

Shirley by Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott’s first novel, The Adversary, was published in the unfortunate time of April 2020, one of many debut writers whose dreams of launching their book and appearing at events…

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Blog post — 5 Dec 2022

2022 Australian poetry highlights

Readings bookseller (and poetry enthusiast!) Clare Millar outlines a selection of this year's Australian poetry highlights.

Art by Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella

This isn’t the first time that…

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Review — 19 Sep 2022

Off to the Market by Alice Oehr

Farm-to-plate stories and stories set in markets are becoming quite the trend in picture books. Off to the Market is Alice Oehr’s delightful addition to this growing movement. A mother…

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Review — 26 Jul 2022

The Book of Wondrous Possibilities by Deb Abela

I’m both young enough to have grown up reading Deborah Abela’s Max Remy series and old enough to have already been a bookseller for a number of years, so I’m…

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