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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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Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

The last collaboration between this talented author–illustrator pair was the gorgeous, award-winning Underwater Fancy Dress Parade and this new picture book is just as wonderful. It’s an all-inclusiv…

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The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Reviewed by Stella Charls

When Sharon Kisses and Mel Vaught meet in college they bond instantly. Sharon is straight-laced and introspective; Mel manic and the life of any party. Both are from the rural south, East Kentucky an…

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Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky by Robert Newton

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

Known around the commission flats as ‘The Creeper’, Lexie has always stayed well out of Mr Romanov’s way. That is until a disturbing incident in which the old man is targeted and Lexie finds herself …

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

From the moment Nicolette Farrell hears her brother’s message – that they need to sell the family home – she knows she has to go back to her hometown of Cooley Ridge and deal with the other thing she…

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Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase by

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Frankie Fish is forced to spend the holidays with his grandparents as punishment for a prank gone wrong. Nanna Fish is quite nice but Grandad Fish, a sour man with a hook for a hand, is the meanest m…

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The Restorer by Michael Sala

Reviewed by Oliver Driscoll

The Restorer is often surprisingly beautiful, at times lulling us into quiet coastal domesticity or the coming-of-age story of Freya, the daughter of the family the novel is centred around. With exha…

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An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Krissy Kneen is, to me, a literary unicorn. She’s bizarre, but remarkable. This book consumed me, and toyed with most of my emotions. Arousal and disgust met with joy and existential, almost tear-ind…

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Clare’s Goodbye by Libby Gleeson and Anna Pignataro

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Clare is a forlorn little figure as her sister and brother say goodbye to all the familiar and comforting parts of their old home. She won’t be part of their farewell, instead as they make their way …

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Florette by Anna Walker

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Anna Walker’s magical new picture book, Florette combines deceptively simple illustrations and an economy of words to serve an important and powerful message; a small child’s story of moving house di…

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