Natalie Platten

Natalie Platten is from Readings Doncaster

Review — 29 Mar 2022

Hedgewitch by Skye McKenna

Cassandra (Cassie) Morgan is a student at Fowell House, an austere and cheerless place where she is a target for bullies and must take refuge in cupboards or up trees…

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Review — 1 Mar 2022

The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr

This is a magical adventure story about a quiet, unassuming family, the Kleins, who also happen to be very good, law-abiding citizens. The father, Felix Klein, works as a librarian…

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Review — 24 Jan 2022

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys is renowned for casting a humanitarian lens on real stories of human tragedy, giving voice to those whose stories may otherwise be lost in the cracks of history…

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Review — 6 Sep 2021

Pax: Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker

If you’ve read Sara Pennypacker’s 2016 novel Pax, then chances are you count it among your favourite reads. Pax is the story about the powerful bond of kinship between…

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Review — 28 Mar 2021

The Puzzling Pearls by Lisa Siberry

Plum and Woo: The Puzzling Pearls is the first in an ongoing adventure series featuring a mismatched pair of amateur sleuths. Mystery reader/ enthusiast Patti Woo has little in common…

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Review — 1 Oct 2020

What Are Little Girls Made Of? by Jeanne Willis & Isabelle Follath

This is nursery rhyme emancipation for the grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, and daughter of our times! What Are Little Girls Made of? is a gorgeous, wise and eloquent retelling of…

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Review — 1 Oct 2020

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour’s Watch Over Me is a work that sits comfortably in a COVID world where life feels disconnected and set apart, and where isolation may be our best hope…

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Review — 2 Aug 2020

Tribal Lores by Archimede Fusillo

Local author Archimede Fusillo is known for his culturally reflective stories that draw on his Italian–Australian heritage and the exploration of manhood through his young male protagonists. His earlier works…

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Review — 28 Jun 2020

Hodgepodge by Lili Wilkinson & Dustin Spence

When eleven-year-old Artie and his newly blended family move into a creaky and rather spooky old house, he reminds his sensible science brain that he doesn’t believe in ghosts so…

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Review — 5 May 2020

Sometimes Cake by Edwina Wyatt

Sometimes Cake is picture-book perfection at its scrumptious best! If this book were a cake, I’d gobble it up again and again and again. In every way, it reads a…

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