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The Hot Guy by Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Adam is a serious cinema nerd who once sat willingly through all nine hours of Turnips: A Season of Dirt. Cate is a sports publicist who hates sport as much as she loves puns. When these two lovebird…

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The Thank You Dish by Trace Balla

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

The Readings family is a big fan of Trace Balla and her fourth picture book just makes us love her more. In The Thank You Dish she celebrates community and being grateful for where and how our food a…

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The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

Reviewed by Nina Kenwood

Ariel Levy’s first book, Female Chauvinist Pigs (2005), was an influential feminist work on raunch culture and the sexualisation of women. In the 12 years since its publication, Levy has written prim…

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Rubik by Elizabeth Tan

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Rubik is a novel in stories that embraces science fiction, speculative fiction, satire and fantasy. In an ever-expanding array of viewpoints, Rubik slots into place like a Rubik’s cube as you unfold …

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My Pictures After the Storm by Eric Veille

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

This bright French picture book is a hilarious off-the-wall collection of double-page before and after spreads. After lunch, bread becomes crumbs, after magic, a handsome prince is a frog, and after …

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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Reviewed by Katherine Dretzke

Having loved Jenn Bennett’s last novel, Night Owls, a creative YA fiction about two young artists, I was really happy to be asked to review Alex, Approximately; a story that sees two young people fal…

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Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

Most of the highly paid jobs in our new economy are bullsh*t jobs. The best and the brightest are paid huge amounts of money, yet they don’t create anything of value. Rutger Bregman is a young Dutch …

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The Anzac Tree by Christina Booth

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Based on real people and events, not many readers will keep a dry eye reading The Anzac Tree. Generations of one family sending their children to wars is beautifully and poignantly portrayed and is p…

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The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Melissa Keil is one of the best new voices in Australian YA fiction. Her wonderful contemporary rom-coms are always populated with a brilliant cast of well-drawn characters, and The Secret Science of

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Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

If you want a picture book about a little pig with attitude you can’t go past Olivia. She’s willful, mischievous and so much fun. This time Olivia overhears her mother talking and believes she is goi…

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