Jackie Tang

Jackie Tang is the digital content coordinator and the Readings Prizes manager.

Reviews

The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta

Reviewed by Jackie Tang

A generation has grown up with Melina Marchetta’s writing since she debuted with her impeccable young adult novel Looking for Alibrandi in 1992. As one of that generation, it’s a joy to read The Plac

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The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

Reviewed by Jackie Tang

Fifteen-year-old Sam and his older brother Avery are struggling to make a better life for themselves on the streets after being abused by every parental figure in their life. Avery, who is autistic, …

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Sci-fi and fantasy reads for non-genre fans

by Jackie Tang

The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Blade Runner … science-fiction and fantasy literature has spawned so many classic stories that catch the popular culture zeitgeist. And yet, for some readers, the genre can often feel too intimidating, dense and wrapped up in its own mythology to approach. Even the most open-minded and curious reader may lack the time to devote to a 1000-page door stopper.

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Board books with female characters to tackle gender bias

by Jackie Tang

I once had a customer walk into the shop with a very reasonable request: board books featuring human girls or women – no female animals, please, she had plenty of those – for a family with a baby girl. This customer wanted that girl to start her life surrounded by stories about all different kinds of women – to inspire her, to spark her imagination and to normalise the idea early on that women sh…

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Romance and rom-com readalikes

by Jackie Tang

If you liked Lizzie and Darcy’s ‘opposites attract’ chemistry in Pride and Prejudice, you’ll like … Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin has taken Jane Austen’s prototypical romantic comedy of manners and transformed the squabbling Bennett clan into a boisterous Indian-Muslim family living in modern-day Toronto. Ayesha Shamsi is smart, independent … and unmarried at 27, a fact …

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