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Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak & Julian Frost

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Do not lick this book doubles as a fun interactive picture book, and a fascinating science lesson about microbes. Readers are introduced to Min, a cartoon microbe, and encouraged to press the page wi…

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Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

There are only a few weeks before Kellen’s sixteenth birthday. Three weeks to pass the three requirements necessary to earn a mage’s name. Failing will mean becoming a Sha’Tep – no more than a servan…

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Tilly and the Time Machine by Adrian Edmondson

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Adrian Edmondson may have been an anarchic misfit in the TV show The Young Ones, but he certainly makes the cut as a kids’ writer. When Tilly’s dad disappears, she’s pretty certain his recently built…

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Summerlost by Ally Condie

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Together with her mum and brother Miles, 12-year-old Cedar is trying to make sense of her life, a year after the accident that took the lives of her father and little brother. Summer in a new home in…

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For a Girl by Mary-Rose MacColl

Reviewed by Jo Case

For a Girl is the story Mary-Rose MacColl has been writing around all her life. Its themes – of sexual misconduct and secrets – have driven her critically acclaimed novels, Falling in Snow and Swimmi

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Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Enthusiasts of Lauren Wolk’s Newbery prize-winning Wolf Hollow will relish her latest offering, Beyond the Bright Sea, a work of comparable sensitivity, with an uplifting sense of humanity. In tradem…

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Closing Down by Sally Abbott

Reviewed by Suzanne Steinbruckner

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Sally Abbott’s debut Closing Down since I finished reading it. Abbott has crafted a grim vision of a not-too-distant future world, where climate change and …

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Songs Without Words by the Grigoryan Brothers

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

If you say the words ‘Grigoryan brothers’ to most classical music fans, they’ll smile and nod knowingly. Renowned for their musicianship since they were teenagers, they’ve released five albums togeth…

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Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

This is a thoughtful and timely personal memoir by a young Melbourne author and activist about their sexuality and nonbinary gender identity. Nevo was a tomboy during primary school and identified as…

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How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

Reviewed by Georgia Delaney

Meet tough, sassy Peony, an almost-ten-year-old farm worker in the Goulburn Valley of the near future. Peony can’t wait to be promoted to the role of ‘bee’ – reserved for the quickest, nimblest kids …

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