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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Reviewed by Nicholas Wilson

Artemis Fowl, a child prodigy whose intelligence is matched only by his gift for nefarious schemes, begins his escapades through the techno-fantasy world of the fairies with the simple goal of steali…

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Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Say Nothing, Patrick Radden Keefe’s examination of the Troubles in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, won the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing. Keefe, a…

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Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Chloe Daykin, the critically acclaimed author of The Boy Who Hit Play and Fish Boy, is at it again with her latest wonder, Fire Girl, Forest Boy. A book that brings magic and science together in the …

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The Magic Place by Chris Wormell

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

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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The Breeding Season by Amanda Niehaus

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Debut novelist Amanda Niehaus is both a scientist and a writer, and she brings these passions to The Breeding Season. Elise and Dan, a couple in their thirties, experience a late-term pregnancy loss …

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The Curious Case of Cora Bell (Jinxed!, Book !) by Rebecca McRitchie and Sharon O'Connor (illus.)

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Cora is a foundling. She has no memory prior to her life with Dot and Scratch the cat in the city of Urt. Their survival is dependent on scavenging and trading amidst fierce competition. Life takes a…

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Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

Reviewed by Elke Power

Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk is an extraordinary reading experience. It’s both philosophical and practical, and underpinned by a compassionate yet realistic humanity. At the core of Sand Talk is a de…

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White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

In 2018, journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for The Guardian Australia titled ‘How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour’. It received worldwide praise and condemnation. An A…

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The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman

Reviewed by Clare Millar

Claire G. Coleman’s debut novel, Terra Nullius, made waves as it was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize, along with many other awards. This year she’s back with a new science-fiction novel, explor…

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Monuments by Will Kostakis

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

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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