Kids reviews

The 143-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

When Andy’s crankiness gets too much, and Terry suggests a nice relaxing camping holiday, Andy begrudgingly agrees that it might be nice to visit the new camping level of the treehouse. Unfortunately…

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The Lion Above the Door by Onjali Q. Raúf

Leo belongs to one of only a few Asian families in Whot. When their class starts studying the Second World War (WW2), Leo and his friend Sangeeta wonder why there aren’t any faces that look like thei…

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Frindleswylde by Natalia O’Hara & Lauren O’Hara (illus.)

In this compelling adventure, Frindleswylde is the mysterious shapeshifter who Cora must outwit in order to escape an icy prison. But first, Cora must solve three seemingly impossible tasks set by he…

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Batpig: When Pigs Fly by Rob Harrell

Things aren’t exactly going well for Batpig. He’s strapped to a rocket that’s headed for the sun. If he can’t break free he is going to fry! This is the thrilling opening scene where we first meet ou…

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Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein

Hating Alison Ashley is one of Australian literature’s finest campus novels, and Erica Yurken is surely one of its greatest (and most relatable) heroines. Erica is an aspiring thespian, mild hypochon…

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Cat Problems by Jory John & Lane Smith (illus.)

This wonderful author–illustrator partnership has already given us two picture books featuring bad-tempered, cynical characters complaining about their lives: Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems. T…

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Locked Out Lily by Nick Lake & Emily Gravett (illus.)

Lily has a lot to contend with. Not only does she feel powerless in her battle with a chronic illness, she fears losing her parents to a new addition to her family. As her Mum and Dad dote over their…

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Dragon Skin by Karen Foxlee

In the outback you can see the age of every rock and tree. The ghosts of long-dried rivers reach back through time, and their annual rebirth during the wet seasons produces miracles. It’s a place whe…

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The Curiosities by Zana Fraillon

Miro is a boy with Curiosities. They are ghostly, unusually shaped things that surround him – through them Miro can see things differently and notices things others do not. At first the Curiosities a…

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The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

In a medieval land, where monks produce illuminated manuscripts, Brother Edik adds a prophecy to the book of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Edik lives in a violent time of war and treacher…

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