Kids reviews

Seven Days by Fleur Ferris

Ben Parker is caught in the middle of divorced parents, convinced he’s always an afterthought in their lives. When his dad leaves on a business trip Ben feels like he’s been dumped with his country r…

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Mars Awakens by H.M. Waugh

Dee is from one of two colonies on Mars, Davinci and Newton. Like the majority of citizens of Davinci, Dee is a girl; Y’s (boys), being extremely rare. Dee is a gardener and works hard on the lightly…

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Miimi Marraa, Mother Earth by Melissa Greenwood

Miimi Marraal, Mother Earth is a lyrical blessing to read to your baby. One that promises them they will always be loved and that they have a place on this land among its people and animals. One that…

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Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

‘Unicorns don’t belong in fairy tales, they belong in nightmares.’

They also need to be hatched. They can then only be tamed by the human who hatches them. Skandar has waited his whole life to take…

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Katerina Cruickshanks by Daniel Gray-Barnett

Author and illustrator Daniel Gray-Barnett’s debut picture book followed the marvellously eccentric eponymous Grandma Z, and his latest book, Katerina Cruickshanks, is similarly unconventional and de…

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The Way of Dog by Zana Fraillon

A little pup in a cage in a barn is at the very beginning of his life. Separated from his mother he longs for happiness and a family. That dream propels this adventure. As his story progresses, littl…

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The Bravest Word by Kate Foster

Matt has just started a new year at school; he is surrounded by his mates, he adores soccer (and is the star player) and he is totally loved and supported by his parents. Matt has everything he needs…

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Gus and the Starlight by Victoria Carliss

Eleven-year-old Gus has learned over the years not to get too attached to her home, friends or community as her family, for various reasons, is always on the move. But when they finally settle into a…

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How to Tackle Your Dreams by Fiona Hardy

The joy of How to Tackle Your Dreams is the meeting of AFL with fashion design, well, a sort of fashion design. All from a young boy trying to navigate life since his parents’ amicable separation and…

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Dogger by Shirley Hughes

When I was a child, I had a special teddy called, imaginatively, Ted. Ted went everywhere with me until I lost him, aged 18, at a backpacker hostel in Rome. I was distraught (truthfully, I’m still up…

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