Kids reviews

Oddity by Eli Brown

Eli Brown’s debut novel for younger readers introduces us to an alternate 1800s America, where the Louisiana Purchase has not come to pass, and the Unified States is on the verge of war with Bonapart…

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Pop! by Mitch Johnson

When Mac-Tonic™, the most powerful company in the US, loses the top-secret recipe for its world-famous sugar-laden soft drink, a girl called Queenie finds it and quickly becomes the target of a count…

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A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr

Meixing and her family have arrived in a new country to pursue a life with more opportunities and yet, their overwhelming feeling is they don’t belong, particularly as they don’t speak the language. …

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Eliza Vanda’s Button Box by Emily Rodda

Milly is feeling like she’s in a bit of an in-between spot, stuck on the way to somewhere she’s not sure she wants to be. She’s about to finish primary school and she’s not quite ready for high schoo…

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The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio & Roger Duvoisin

A happy lion is comfortable in his zoo, far from his home, in ‘a lovely French town with brown-tile roofs and grey shutters’.

He is an insouciant fellow with a ‘bonjour’ here, an ‘au revoir’ there,…

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Arno and His Horse by Jane Godwin & Felicita Sala

Most kids have a special toy that they love to carry everywhere. Arno’s most precious item is a little wooden horse that his grandpa carved for him. After a day’s adventuring with friends, Arno reali…

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The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

The newest offering from Caldecott winning author/ illustrator Jon Klassen is full of delightful musings on the minutiae of day-to-day life. The tension is apparent from the beginning: a turtle in a …

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Elsewhere Girls by Emily Gale & Nova Weetman

Separated by more than a hundred years, Fanny and Cat seem strikingly different; Fanny is a passionate swimmer in 1908 who dreams of a future when women can compete in the Olympics, whereas modern-da…

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Don’t Forget by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

There are all the ordinary things that children are reminded not to forget, such as brushing your teeth and doing your homework. But what about the more intangible things, the building blocks that ar…

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Masters of Disguise by Marc Martin

Melbourne artist and storyteller Marc Martin has created a stunning, highly illustrated children’s book about animals that have adapted to their environments so well they often blend into them. In Ma

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