Kids reviews

Sometimes Cake by Edwina Wyatt

Sometimes Cake is picture-book perfection at its scrumptious best! If this book were a cake, I’d gobble it up again and again and again. In every way, it reads a treat. The text is simple and effortl…

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Blended by Sharon M. Draper

From the author of Out of My Mind comes an incredible story of a girl living in two worlds. Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced and hardly get along. She lives with her mum one week and h…

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Your Birthday Was the Best! by Maggie Hutchings & Felicita Sala

This is a delightful and energetic picture book about a happy-go-lucky cockroach crashing a birthday party. The cake looks absolutely delicious and that’s not at all a surprise because this book is i…

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The List of Things that Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Twelve-year-old Bea reflects on life since her parent’s divorce and the many challenges periodically conspiring to overwhelm her: family adjustments, school frustrations, struggles with spelling and …

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Landing with Wings by Trace Balla

It’s been four long years since Trace Balla’s last graphic novel, Rockhopping, but it’s been utterly worth the wait. Landing with Wings is the story of a young girl, Mira, and her mum, who move to th…

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I’ll Always Be Older than You by Jane Godwin & Sara Acton

Being an older sibling can be challenging; patience is required, as the little girl in the book learns.

A little planning doesn’t go astray and so she hops into her little brother’s cot and outline…

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The January Stars by Kate Constable

Clancy and Tash have kidnapped their grandfather from an agedcare home. He’s a stroke survivor in a wheelchair whose main form of communication is just a few words: ‘yes’, ‘nah’ and ‘sp-sp-sp-’. They…

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Wink by Rob Harrell

High school, Year 7, everything is meant to be normal, right? But not for Ross Maloy. With a sudden and horrifying diagnosis Ross becomes the ‘cancer kid’. A rare, aggressive eye cancer turns his wor…

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The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Lucy and Fred are very best friends and collaborating on a summer project. Already a passionate biologist at 13, Fred asks Lucy (a talented artist in the throes of self-discovery) to illustrate a fie…

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Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett & Claire Keane

Paolo, a dachshund, lives in a hairdressing salon but he is desperate to escape and experience Rome in all its historic glory. One day he manages to slip out and the city he long imagined comes alive…

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