Natalie Platten

Natalie Platten is the Assistant Manager and Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Doncaster.

Reviews

Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick

Girl. Boy. Sea. is a story about a young boy’s perilous journey of survival, cast adrift on the vast Atlantic Ocean with meagre food and water to live on. The story opens with a small crew of teenage…

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All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell & Jenny Løvlie

This is the picture book of choice this year and it is sheer perfection in every respect! There is so much to love about this book. The rhyming structure reads effortlessly and is lyrical and songlik…

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Monuments by Will Kostakis

Monuments is a new action-adventure series about gods, guardians and the struggle for world order. ‘Monument’ is the title given to each of the many gods credited with creating life as we know it. Th…

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The Magic Place by Chris Wormell

Chris Wormell’s The Magic Place is a perfectly imagined tale of woe to wonder. It’s a story about the triumph of the human spirit.

We meet Clementine, a little orphan girl living with her wicked Aun…

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I Am Change by Suzy Zail

Suzy Zail’s latest novel, I Am Change, is a fictional work based on research and personal interviews with young Ugandan women from rural communities living in extreme poverty. For these young women, …

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The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green by Lisa Siberry

Lily Green is a messy, unfussy kind of a girl, bursting with creative exuberance and a vibrant mind. Her mum’s beauty salon is the family’s sole source of income since Lily’s dad passed away some yea…

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Into the Wild (Wolf Girl, Book 1) by Anh Do

Anh Do’s thrilling new action adventure series Wolf Girl takes off with a surge of adrenaline and will send readers’ fight or flight instincts into overdrive. This series offers a step-up in reading …

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She Wolf by Dan Smith

She Wolf is a fierce and stoic story about a young girl named Ylva who is determined to hunt down, and exact revenge upon, the three-fingered brute who killed her mother. This pursuit takes Ylva into…

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Skellig by David Almond

‘Do you know what shoulder blades are for? They’re where your wings were, and where they’ll grow again.’ This quote from David Almond’s Skellig holds the mystery that threads this story together. A s…

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Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Malamander is a seafaring adventure set in the coastal town of Eerie-on-Sea and is the story of a legendary fish-man creature (of the same name) rumoured to be in hiding there. At Eerie-on-Sea the ai…

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To Night Owl from Dogfish by Meg Wolitzer & Holly Goldberg Sloan

To Night Owl from Dogfish is a whip-smart and funny tween drama about two twelve-year-old girls, Bett Devlin and Avery Bloom, whose dads plan to marry each other. Written in epistolary form, the read…

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The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

This story is mythic in stature and full of wonder and enchantment. It is a tale about a family living remotely on a harsh land where winter has an icy hold and threatens to freeze all life to the bo…

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47 Degrees by Justin D’Ath

Readers of Justin D’Ath’s Extreme Adventures series, particularly the second book, Bushfire Rescue, may be shocked when they realise that this new story of survival, loss and ruin is based on his own…

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Captain Rosalie by Timothee de Fombelle & Isabelle Arsenault

This is a story about a brave and determined young girl named Rosalie, aka Captain Rosalie, who’s on a secret mission. Set against the backdrop of World War I, we meet five-year-old Rosalie living a …

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Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin

Inside the Villains is a magnificent example of children’s book design at its most creative and innovative. The very size and format of this work looms large and the child reader may wonder if life-s…

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The Raven’s Children by Yulia Yakovleva

Yulia Yakovleva was inspired by her own family’s experiences to write this children’s book about the trauma suffered by Soviet citizens under Stalin’s repressive regime.

The hero of this story is s…

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Inheritance by Carole Wilkinson

Inheritance opens the door on shameful true events in Australian history. We’re introduced to this story through the fictional character Nic Mitchell Gervase, a present-day descendant of wealthy whit…

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I Am Out With Lanterns by Emily Gale

The title of Emily Gale’s latest young adult novel is inspired by an Emily Dickinson quote: ‘I am out with lanterns, looking for myself’. This simple yet evocative metaphor sets the focus for this wo…

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Hive by A.J. Betts

A.J. Betts Hive introduces an unfamiliar world that is strange and perplexing and as a reader it takes time to build a sense of orientation within this story, but it’s well worth the effort. Hive is …

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The Mystery of the Magic Stones by Sally Rippin

My heart feels swollen with ‘happy-sadness’ after reading this delightful sequel to Sally Rippin’s The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster. Polly and Buster’s friendship is still under threat – so…

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The Day War Came by Nicola Davies & Rebecca Cobb

The Day War Came marks the moment when everything changed for the little girl in this story. The simple, spare language of a child reveals the harsh, indiscriminate brutality of war. It begins as a n…

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Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Imagine if everything you knew and took for granted about your life was just a facade, a mask to cover the real life you were being groomed for. In the new life, you would adopt a new identity, chang…

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The Boggart by Susan Cooper

When Devon MacDevon, the last clansman of his familial line, passes away in his old castle in remote, coastal Scotland, his estate is bequeathed to his estranged greatnephew, Robert Volnik, living in…

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Neverland by Margot McGovern

Neverland is the unofficial name for the island of Learmonth, a place of sanctuary for troubled teens dealing with mental health issues. This is the place where Katherine is sent following a self-har…

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Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza

At death’s door, Marlowe Jensen’s life is saved by the donation of a heart from a donor unknown to her. Since birth Marlowe’s life had been mired by ill-health due to her heart problems and the promi…

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The Endsister by Penni Russon

Meet the Outhwaites, a rambunctious family of five children and their bohemian parents. The Outhwaites live a simple life in rural Victoria – Bunjil Country – and their nearest neighbour, just down t…

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The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Dita Kraus, a 14-year-old girl imprisoned, together with her mother and father, in the family camp at Auschwitz. The family camp was an experi…

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The Wave by Morton Rhue

The history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust holds a disturbing and vexed fascination for many of us. The question of how the Nazis were so effective in orchestrating this atrocity and securing the …

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The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

Mira Bartók’s The Wonderling is a story full of heart and soul, and one of my favourite middle fiction reads of 2017. This is a story about groundlings – beings that are part animal and part human – …

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Accidental Heroes by Lian Tanner

Fans of Lian Tanner’s bestselling fantasy adventure series, The Keepers, will delight in her new trilogy, The Rogues, set in the same richly imagined world. It introduces a new cast of heroes and vil…

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