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The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson

I’ve been a fan of Inga Simpson’s writing ever since I read and reviewed her 2016 novel Where the Trees Were. The natural world always features heavily in her work, and she makes the reader feel like…

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Aliens and Other Worlds by Lisa Harvey-Smith

Aliens and Other Worlds is a voyage of discovery, exploring the mystery of life on Earth and beyond. It’s a wonderful guide to scientific inquiry and the importance of creative thinking, the asking o…

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Horror Heights: The Slime by Bec Hill

Connie is known to her classmates as the Queen of Slime because every week she shows off a new slime at school. When Connie’s dad suggests she try making her own slime, Connie starts experimenting. S…

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Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat

Someone is trying to kill Will. They already murdered his mother months ago, and now they’re hunting him. Disguised as a dock boy in 19th-century London, Will is almost captured, but escapes with the…

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The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon

Miro is a boy with Curiosities. They are ghostly, unusually shaped things that surround him – through them Miro can see things differently and notices things others do not. At first the Curiosities a…

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The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

In a medieval land, where monks produce illuminated manuscripts, Brother Edik adds a prophecy to the book of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Edik lives in a violent time of war and treacher…

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A Year in Fleurville by Felicita Sala

The previous children’s cookbook by author and illustrator Felicita Sala, Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street, is extremely popular in my household, inspiring many of our favourite recipes, so I was excit…

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Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee

In the outback you can see the age of every rock and tree. The ghosts of long-dried rivers reach back through time, and their annual rebirth during the wet seasons produces miracles. It’s a place whe…

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If Not Us by Mark Smith

At its core, Mark Smith’s newest novel, If Not Us is a coming-of-age story – it’s just that now more than ever, an inescapable part of growing up in this modern world is reckoning with the oncoming c…

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Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

There was a dark, dark house and in the dark, dark house lived some skeletons. A big skeleton and a little skeleton head out one night to walk the dog skeleton – and to frighten people. First they go…

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