Kids reviews

Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke has already given us such great books as The Patchwork Bike, Wide Big World and The Hate Race, among others, and now we have the gorgeous Fashionista: Fashio

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Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

I was probably eight when I was first captured by Charlotte’s Web. Our teacher read a few chapters aloud every afternoon and each day we longed for more, our excitement growing as story time neared. …

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The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

Reviewed by Morgana Keating

The Good Thieves is a fast-paced heist adventure about Vita Marlowe, a girl who comes with her mother to New York to stay with her grieving grandfather. Vita arrives determined to reclaim her family …

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Lizard’s Tale by Weng Wai Chan

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Lizard is a street-smart twelve-year-old who lives in tiny quarters above a tailor’s shop in Singapore’s Chinatown, and ekes out a bare living with legitimate odd jobs, and a few slightly shady ones …

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Pog by Pádraig Kenny

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

There’s so much to enjoy in this clever story with its overlay of enchantment. But at its heart, it’s a story of a family struggling to overcome its grief at their mum’s sudden death.

When he moves…

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Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Rumblestar is an adventure-filled fantasy that features a timid, unlikely hero and a feisty, disagreeable girl and her tiny, totally adorable dragon. Casper is unwillingly transported from his weathe…

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Into the Wild (Wolf Girl, Book 1) by Anh Do

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Anh Do’s thrilling new action adventure series Wolf Girl takes off with a surge of adrenaline and will send readers’ fight or flight instincts into overdrive. This series offers a step-up in reading …

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Detention by Tristan Bancks

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Set within a few hours and with two distinct voices, this is a thrilling story that asks the reader to question their assumptions about asylum seekers. Sima is in a detention centre with her family. …

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Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories by Helen Milroy

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Wombat helps Mother Earth recover the eternal flame in her belly. Mudlark discovers the reason for Sun’s burning anger and soothes him. Clever Penguin stops Whale from stealing from Sky, and finds hi…

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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Aven thinks her dad has gone crazy when he announces that the family are going to move to Arizona and manage a run-down old country-and-western theme park. She dreads moving from her home town, where…

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