Kids reviews

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

When Alex Rider is woken up in the middle of the night and told that his uncle, who is also his sole guardian, has been killed in a car crash, his life rearranges itself around him. Enter MI6, a supe…

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Please Don’t Eat Me by Liz Climo

Rabbit has the misfortune of meeting Bear when Bear is hungry. At first Rabbit seems almost resigned to her fate. ‘Aw, nuts,’ she says, before asking Bear not to eat her, please. But Bear is hungry. …

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Anisa’s Alphabet by Mike Dumbleton & Hannah Sommerville

Anisa’s Alphabet is a moving depiction of how a young girl’s life is desolated by war. Told alphabetically in rhyming text, we follow Anisa’s perilous journey from a free person to a stateless refuge…

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The Ghost of Howlers Beach by Jackie French

This remarkable adventure is set in the early 1930s when much of Sydney’s population was homeless, jobless, starving and living in squalor and abject poverty. But lovable twelve-year-old Butter lives…

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Hattie by Frida Nilsson

Hattie is six years old. She lives in a ‘tiny, tiny town’ in the Swedish countryside. She is about to start school. Swedish author Frida Nilsson’s new book Hattie is, as its title suggests, the stor…

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Dear Earth by Isabel Otter & Clara Anganuzzi

The latest from the wonderful children’s author Isabel Otter, Dear Earth tells the story of a grandfather and his granddaughter Tessa, as he teaches her about the importance of our Planet Earth and a…

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Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Ally Carter

Eleven-year-old April is used to being bounced around from foster home to foster home, so when she ends up at a mansion with four other kids she hardly expects to be there forever. Except that not lo…

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The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller’s Elizabeth and Zenobia was shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize and her latest work, The Republic of Birds, is a wonderful magical adventure story certain to attract gre…

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ANZAC Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King by Kate Simpson & Jess Racklyeft

World War I seemed a noble, almost thrilling, prospect for many who went to fight or assist, but the horror was more than anyone could imagine and surviving proved an almost impossible feat. As a nur…

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The Threads of Magic by Alison Croggon

Long ago in Clarel city, witches were held in high esteem. But now witchcraft is outlawed, and it is rumoured that soul-stealing ‘Spectres’ are gaining power. Pip lives with his sister, El, in the Ch…

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