Kim Gruschow

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

Reviews

Zenobia by Morten Dürr & Lars Horneman

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

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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My Pictures After the Storm by Eric Veille

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

This bright French picture book is a hilarious off-the-wall collection of double-page before and after spreads. After lunch, bread becomes crumbs, after magic, a handsome prince is a frog, and after …

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The Things We Promise by J.C. Burke

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Gemma and her friends are looking forward to their school formal; as they pore over dresses in magazines Gemma is eagerly awaiting a visit from her much-loved older brother Billy, a New-York based ma…

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See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

I adored this book. It’s always so great to read about a thoughtful, curious and kind-hearted young person and Alex is an absolutely delightful character.

Inspired by his hero Carl Sagan, the Voyage…

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Good Dog Bad Dog: Double Identity by Dave Shelton

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

This is a funny and very clever hardboiled-style graphic novel about a pair of dog detectives trying to solve a murder-mystery at ‘Wiener Brothers’ movie studios in ‘Collie-wood’. While the dog detec…

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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Adored graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier introduces magical realism to her work in her wonderful new book, Ghosts. The story follows Cat and her family as they move to a new town in the hope that a g…

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Artie and the Grime Wave by Richard Roxburgh

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Well-loved Australian actor Richard Roxburgh’s first children’s book is a completely unhinged adventure and a celebration of friendship. Artie and his friend Bumshoe discover evidence of dodgy crimin…

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Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Dog Man is a new and typically unhinged comic by Dav Pilkey, the author responsible for the infamous Captain Underpants series. This is not for boring people. It is for people who really love laughin…

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Lucy by Randy Cecil

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Lucy is a handsome book that occupies a space between picture book and novel with lovely, soft duotone illustrations.

Set in a quaint little town, this book chronicles the daily routines of a scrap…

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Charlie and the War Against the Grannies by Alan Brough

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Charlie wants a paper round more than anything in the world, but his attempts to get one are met with mystery and bizarre, unexpected hostility from the elderly women are who currently on the job in …

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Captain Pug by Laura James

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Lady Miranda has appointed Pug to be captain for her birthday party at the boating lake. Pug is a little worried though; despite his smart nautical outfit he is very scared of water! The party quickl…

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Inside of a Dog: Young Readers Edition by Alexandra Horowitz

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

The young readers’ edition of Alexandra Horowitz’s thoughtful book about dog cognition is fantastic for dog-lovers of all ages. It describes how dogs experience their world, how they see, how they sm…

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Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Serafina is the strange, courageous heroine of this dark and mysterious fantasy novel. She knows very little about how she came to live in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate (a real historic…

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Red’s Planet by Eddie Pittman

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Red’s Planet is the first installment in a new series of graphic novels for young readers and that’s exciting news because it’s fun!

During a bungled attempt to run away from her foster home, Red i…

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Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Under instruction from his deceased father, low-key, likeable hero Al is caught riding a wave of action and criminal behaviour as he goes back in time to stop the go-kart accident that caused his fat…

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Kidglovz by Julie Hunt and Dale Newman

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Julie Hunt won the inaugural Readings Children’s Book Prize last year for her novel Song for a Scarlet Runner and she has crafted another vivid fantasy adventure, this time in the form of a graphic n…

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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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