Kids reviews

Shout Out to the Girls

Reviewed by Carrie Croft

I’m pretty excited about the current sweep of consciousness-raising books for young readers celebrating inspiring women.

Due to the wildly successful Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the concept …

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The Endsister by Penni Russon

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Meet the Outhwaites, a rambunctious family of five children and their bohemian parents. The Outhwaites live a simple life in rural Victoria – Bunjil Country – and their nearest neighbour, just down t…

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The List by Patricia Forde

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This dystopian middle fiction title is set in a world in the aftermath of great tragedy caused by global warming and human greed. Food and water are heavily rationed, people are not allowed to speak …

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My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

After visiting Cuba, Katherine Paterson, the legendary author of Bridge to Terabithia, was inspired to write this fascinating story. When Castro came to power in 1961 he resolved to stamp out illiter…

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The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

After a fierce storm sinks a cargo ship and dislodges its contents, boxes of robots are destroyed on the rock of a wild and remote island and only one remains intact.

Cheeky otters explore this rob…

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My Sweet Orange Tree by José Mauro De Vasconcelos

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Children’s literature is so much richer and more multi-cultural since Pushkin Press began publishing many gems that the English-speaking world had previously missed out on.

And, now, another comes …

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The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most inventive and refreshing voices in contemporary young adult literature, from the authentic teen voices in her Ashbury Brookfield novels to the incredible world of h…

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

The 2017 winner of the Newbery Medal is available to Australian readers in a new paperback edition.

Xan is a good and kind witch. Each year she makes a journey to rescue a child who’s been left in …

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The Ice Sea Pirates by Frida Nilsson

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This exciting Nordic adventure story has just been translated from the Swedish. When ten year-old Siri and her sister are out picking berries one day, Siri’s sister is stolen by pirates to work in th…

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Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Have Sword Will Travel is a hilarious and exciting adventure set in a fantastical ‘medieval like’ time where gender equality is the norm – ‘brave knight’ is a job description for anyone capable, whet…

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