Kids reviews

Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Chloe Daykin, the critically acclaimed author of The Boy Who Hit Play and Fish Boy, is at it again with her latest wonder, Fire Girl, Forest Boy. A book that brings magic and science together in the …

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The Magic Place by Chris Wormell

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Chris Wormell’s The Magic Place is a perfectly imagined tale of woe to wonder. It’s a story about the triumph of the human spirit.

We meet Clementine, a little orphan girl living with her wicked Aun…

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The Curious Case of Cora Bell (Jinxed!, Book !) by Rebecca McRitchie and Sharon O'Connor (illus.)

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Cora is a foundling. She has no memory prior to her life with Dot and Scratch the cat in the city of Urt. Their survival is dependent on scavenging and trading amidst fierce competition. Life takes a…

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How to Make a Movie in 12 Days by Fiona Hardy

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Hayley Whelan loves everything about movies; she has spent her whole life dreaming of writing and directing her own. When her Grandma, with whom she’d been writing her horror movie, Rosebud, passes a…

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As Happy As Here by Jane Godwin

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Jane Godwin has been busy with wonderful picture books the last few years, so it is a treat to have her back writing fiction. Three early teens with different situations, temperaments and family back…

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Welcome to Your Period by Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang and Jennifer Latham

Reviewed by Bec Kavanagh

Yumi Stynes is right when she says that ‘ Dolly Doctor’ was once the only place to which you could turn for honest advice on bodies and your periods. Thankfully, finally, we’re starting to see greate…

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Zanzibar by Catharina Valckx and Antony Shugaar (trans.)

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

When renowned journalist (and lizard) Achille LeBlab goes looking for exceptional characters to feature in his newspaper, it inspires a wonderful crow, Zanzibar, to attempt a feat so remarkable that …

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Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah W Searle

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

This new middle-grade graphic novel from a Perth resident explores loneliness and illness. Harriet is having a tough time, she has moved to a new home in a new city, she’s been unwell and is being sn…

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The Brilliant Ideas of Lily Green by Lisa Siberry

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Lily Green is a messy, unfussy kind of a girl, bursting with creative exuberance and a vibrant mind. Her mum’s beauty salon is the family’s sole source of income since Lily’s dad passed away some yea…

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The Monster Who Wasn’t by T. C. Shelley

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

A strange imp boy is born in the underworld. Immediately compelled to escape, he joins up with a hilarious gang of crabby chocolate-loving gargoyles and makes his way above ground to the world of the…

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