Kim Gruschow

Kim Gruschow is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings St Kilda.

Reviews

The House of Madame M by Clotilde Perrin & Daniel Hahn

As a kid I remember being completely enthralled by Jan Pieńkowski’s Haunted House, a creepy, kooky spooky, pop-up book by an exceptional illustrator. The House of Madame M, by the French creator Clot…

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A Little Bit Different by Claire Alexander

Who are the ‘ploofers’? They look like they could be cousins of the Ribena berries, or maybe they are type of baby Pokémon. Whatever they are, I hope these cartoon cuties feature in more books becaus…

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Just Because by Mac Barnett & Isabelle Arsenault

‘Why is the ocean Blue? Every night, when you go to sleep, the fish take out guitars. They sing sad songs and cry blue tears.’

And so begins this surreal and gorgeous picture book. A girl is tucked…

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The Monster Who Wasn’t by T. C. Shelley

A strange imp boy is born in the underworld. Immediately compelled to escape, he joins up with a hilarious gang of crabby chocolate-loving gargoyles and makes his way above ground to the world of the…

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Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah W Searle

This new middle-grade graphic novel from a Perth resident explores loneliness and illness. Harriet is having a tough time, she has moved to a new home in a new city, she’s been unwell and is being sn…

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni has a deep love of cooking. She’s extraordinarily talented in the kitchen and has dreamed of being a chef since she was a child. When a culinary arts course is offered at her school, she is, na…

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Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

Jingwen, his mother and his pesky little brother, Yanghao, have just moved to Australia. It’s not easy starting a new life in a new country and Jingwen feels like an alien. This book is part novel an…

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Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Iris is an extremely clever and industrious kid. She spends her spare time fixing up old radios but lately she’s been having a bit of a rough time. As the only deaf student in her school, Iris often …

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Love Your Body by Jessica Sanders

Young Melbourne author and social worker Jessica Sanders has written Love Your Body to help prevent negative body image issues in young women. Stylish and fresh, this book is similar in presentation …

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The Witch in the Cherry Tree by Margaret Mahy & Jenny Williams

In the back of The Witch in the Cherry Tree there was a recipe: ‘How to Make Gingerbread Witches’. I have very fond memories of my mum helping my siblings and me to make and decorate these when we we…

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Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml

Picture book author Renée Tremel’s first junior graphic novel takes place inside a natural history museum. Sherlock Bones is a very talkative bird skeleton. His best friend is not as talkative. In fa…

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The Girl, the Cat and the Navigator by Matilda Woods

We loved Matilda Woods’ first book, The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker, which was shortlisted for our Readings Children’s Book Prize in 2018. Her follow up is another fantastic, lyrical book with…

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Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

The author of the bestselling young adult mystery One of Us is Lying has come through with a new thriller that will not leave her fans disappointed.

Twins Ellery and Ezra have been sent to live wit…

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Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey by Alison Lester

Alison Lester is truly a legend; time and time again she delivers perfect picture books. Her illustrations are delightful, her text rhymes seamlessly and her word choices never feel forced. Noni the …

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A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

The first volume of this best-selling French quartet has now been translated into English and is available locally. The story is set in a world that is fractured into floating chunks, known as ‘arks …

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Zenobia by Morten Dürr & Lars Horneman

This heartbreaking Danish graphic novel calls our attention to the thousands of people who each year go missing or die during migration, particularly those deaths that happen at sea. Millions of Syri…

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Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Catching Teller Crow is a story told through two unique voices, both belonging to young Aboriginal women. Beth Teller has died in a tragic accident but she stays with her father, who is aware of her …

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The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

Mhairi is 14 and on a journey toward her grandmother’s home in Scotland. It’s the not-so-distant future. The ice-caps no longer form and countries have euthanasia policies in place for population con…

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Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser by Sophy Henn

Bad Nana is not like Jeanie’s other grandparents. Bad Nana is often up to no good, but she is always good fun. Bad Nana wears a lot of black, and has a pink cat named Liberace. She’s been known to ca…

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The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent

Cassie is a sweet and inquisitive 11-year-old girl who is known to many as a successful peacock detective. She has been chasing her neighbour’s escaped peacocks (William Shakespeare and Virginia!) al…

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All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

A group of teens has become completely obsessed with the novel Undertow and they are absolutely delighted to form a close friendship with YA author Fatima Ro after meeting her at a book signing. Afte…

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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

I absolutely adored Leslye Walton’s extraordinary debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and was so excited to read this long-awaited witchy follow up.

Nine generations of …

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The 2017 winner of the Newbery Medal is available to Australian readers in a new paperback edition.

Xan is a good and kind witch. Each year she makes a journey to rescue a child who’s been left in …

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The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Following a plane crash, four children are left to fend for themselves alone in the Amazon. They forage for fruit and bugs to eat, find shelter and build a raft as they try to look after each other i…

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The City of Secret Rivers by Jacob Sager Weinstein

She has only just moved to London, but things are already very weird and very dangerous for Hyacinth. After a bizarre incident involving tap water, Hyacinth’s mother has been kidnapped by slimy creat…

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The Changeover by Margaret Mahy

Laura Chant feels a warning before her little brother Jacko begins to weaken at the hands of a terrible demon. She knows she’ll need the help of that strange boy Sorenson Carlisle and his family if s…

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The Adventures of John Blake by Philip Pullman & Fred Fordham

Celebrated author Phillip Pullman’s first graphic novel is a pacy, action-packed adventure. Fred Fordham’s accompanying artwork has a classic feel and their collaboration is cinematic.

The Mary Ali

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Bigfoot, Tobin and Me by Melissa Savage

Lemonade Liberty Witt is a sweet-toothed, sassy, ten-and-three-quarters year-old who has been sent from the city to live with her grandfather in the small, Bigfootobsessed town of Willow Creek follow…

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One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Kicking off with a scene reminiscent of The Breakfast Club, this book begins with five Bayview High students in detention. There’s a jock, a bad boy, a beauty and a brain. There’s also Simon: an outc…

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Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin

This is a thoughtful and timely personal memoir by a young Melbourne author and activist about their sexuality and nonbinary gender identity. Nevo was a tomboy during primary school and identified as…

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News

Jo Sandhu wins the 2018 Readings Children’s Book Prize

by Kim Gruschow

We’re thrilled to reveal that the winner of this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize is Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile by Jo Sandhu!

Established in 2014, the Readings Children’s Book Prize celebrates on-the-rise Australian authors and is awarded to the book that children will love best. Jo Sandhu’s captivating and cinematic middle-fiction novel, set 30,000 years ago in Lapland, Finland is a …

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The Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist 2018

by Kim Gruschow

We’re very excited to reveal this year’s shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize.

This Prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children’s literature. This year’s six shortlisted titles are all for readers between the ages of 8 to 12.

The six shortlisted titles for 2018 are:

Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile by Jo Sandhu Nevermoor: The Trial of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Towns…

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Meet the Bookseller with Kim Gruschow

by Kim Gruschow

We chat with Kim Gruschow about her love for strong narrators and disappointment that being a witch wasn’t really a viable career option.

Why do you work in books?

Books formed a massive and deeply valued part of my childhood so when I started working at a children’s bookshop eight years ago it felt very right to be in a role that reflected this. The shelves are always changing as new books a…

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