Kids reviews

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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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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M is for Mutiny by John Dixon

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Next time you see a $20 note check out the sweet old lady on it; she was a convict! As an introduction to a host of historical figures & events, M is For Mutiny engages with its unsentimental and, at…

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Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

I’m a known collector of fancy editions of timeless tales, and a sucker for all things mythological, so I was very excited to pick up Kevin Crossley-Holland’s illustrated Norse Myths: Tales of Odin,

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Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Yayoi Kusama is one of the most exciting artists working today. Once you have seen one of her dot paintings, books or installations, she is impossible to forget. This picture-book biography follows h…

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The Wave by Morton Rhue

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

The history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust holds a disturbing and vexed fascination for many of us. The question of how the Nazis were so effective in orchestrating this atrocity and securing the …

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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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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the first book in a charmingly odd, breathtakingly adventurous and entirely magical new children’s series. Debut author Jessica Townsend created a major stir…

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Accidental Heroes by Lian Tanner

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Fans of Lian Tanner’s bestselling fantasy adventure series, The Keepers, will delight in her new trilogy, The Rogues, set in the same richly imagined world. It introduces a new cast of heroes and vil…

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