Kids reviews

When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwin

Much-loved Melbourne author Jane Godwin’s newest book is an appealing and emotional novel about families and friendships. Lissa doesn’t know what to do when a boy named Reed shows up on her doorstep …

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Finding François by Gus Gordon

Even though Alice loves the cosy life she leads with her grandmother (list-making! crème brûlée-eating! mermaid-drawing!), she does sometimes wish for someone her own size to talk with. So, she boldl…

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Sneaky Shadows by S.C. Manchild & Sam Caldwell

Sneaky Shadows is a very simple premise, on one page the reader is shown a silhouette and asked to guess what it might be. The next page reveals the answer. It starts out quite simple with a silhouet…

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Ellie’s Dragon by Bob Graham

With his latest picture book, Bob Graham has gifted small readers another heart-filled tale celebrating imagination. When Ellie, a very small girl, discovers a luminous newborn dragon sitting atop an…

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The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson & Rovina Cai

This is a beautiful story that feels like an ancient folk tale but could also be a warning about human inaction on climate crisis. In The Giant and the Sea, a giant protects the people by watching th…

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Hodgepodge by Lili Wilkinson & Dustin Spence

When eleven-year-old Artie and his newly blended family move into a creaky and rather spooky old house, he reminds his sensible science brain that he doesn’t believe in ghosts so the house couldn’t p…

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What Zola Did on Monday by Melina Marchetta

What Zola Did on Monday is a beautiful, heartwarming story for beginner readers. Bright, determined Zola lives together with her mother and her nonna, and just over the fence from her cousin Alessand…

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The Secret Library of Hummingbird House by Julianne Negri

An abandoned mansion slated for destruction, an ancient mulberry tree that holds important memories, and a family still working out the terms of parental separation. These are the ingredients in Juli…

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The Pony Question by Jackie Merchant

Essie gave up on horses after she was caught up in a cheating scandal with her last pony. Her dad was the parent who helped with her horse and riding events, anyway. Now her parents have divorced, an…

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The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore

Casey and her friends learn their local Mayor has nefarious plans for their town – plans that disregard the environment and rely on the town’s voting-aged citizens remaining disengaged from their civ…

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