Kids reviews

We Are Australians by Duncan Smith & Nicole Godwin

We Are Australians is a wondrous book about what it means to not just be Australian, but to be a part of a community. We are new and from all over the world, or we have been here for tens of thousand…

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Gustav and Henri by Andy Matthews

The purpose of junior fiction and junior graphic novels is to really get kids hooked into reading, and Gustav and Henri has all the required ingredients: a lot of fun, three different bite-sized adve…

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Deltora Quest Series 1 Bind-Up

When asked which author sparked my love of reading, without hesitation, my answer is always Emily Rodda. When I was growing up, her books took up a large amount of space on my shelves. So I was excit…

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Hedgewitch by Skye McKenna

Cassandra (Cassie) Morgan is a student at Fowell House, an austere and cheerless place where she is a target for bullies and must take refuge in cupboards or up trees to keep out of harm’s way. Seven…

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Maku (Our Stories) by Meyne Wyatt and Randa Abdel-Fattah

The first day at yet another new school is hard for the inherently shy Maku, but this brave young boy never stops trying to make new friends. A teacher encourages him to explore his passion for filmm…

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Piano Fingers by Caroline Magerl

This beautiful picture book is the story of a musical family and two sisters: Isla, the elder, bossy and sure of herself and her talent; and Bea, the younger, trying to find her own perfect instrumen…

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The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice by Maggie Jankuloska

Twelve-year-old Marie is not looking forward to her life as maid to the haughty Josette. It is a highly sought-after position, and Marie is lucky her mother, the Duke’s seamstress, was able to arrang…

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Moth in a Fancy Cardigan by Charlotte Lance

Coming to us from stylish Melbourne publisher Berbay Books, this junior novel by Charlotte Lance is thoughtful and unusual.

We are told a story from two perspectives: Gary is a grey moth, who gives…

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The Chameleon Thief by Mat Larkin

Once you meet the wildly quirky and endearing Attica Stone, you’re unlikely to forget her. She’s surrounded by a loving family of Aunts and supported by devoted and unusually gifted friends. So, when…

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The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr

This is a magical adventure story about a quiet, unassuming family, the Kleins, who also happen to be very good, law-abiding citizens. The father, Felix Klein, works as a librarian and is responsible…

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