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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

Reviewed by Annie Condon

Felicity McLean creates a wonderful eleven-year-old narrator, Tikka, in her debut novel, The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone. It is through Tikka’s eyes the reader sees the events of the long, hot summer of…

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A Universe of Sufficient Size by Miriam Sved

Reviewed by Elke Power

With her second novel, A Universe of Sufficient Size, Miriam Sved again demonstrates her ability to write about highly specific human preoccupations in a way that renders them interesting and engagin…

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Simpsons Returns: A Novella by Wayne Macauley

Reviewed by Chris Somerville

Ninety years after his death in World War I, Jack Simpson is still alive, still donning his uniform, still helping the sick and still trudging alongside his donkey, Murphy. In Wayne Macauley’s novell…

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Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Wilam means home in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri clan, and this stunning story depicts the many creatures who call Birrarung (the Yarra River) home, as it slowly winds from the mountain…

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Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan & Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

The latest book by bestselling Australian Indigenous author Sally Morgan tells the enchanting and tender tale of a day with Little Bird. The day begins in the early morning as Little Bird rises and w…

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The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

Reviewed by Jackie Tang

Fifteen-year-old Sam and his older brother Avery are struggling to make a better life for themselves on the streets after being abused by every parental figure in their life. Avery, who is autistic, …

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Elles by Marina Thibeault & Marie-Eve Scarfone

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

In a similar vein to Women of Note, and again to coincide with International Women’s Day, French-Canadian violist Marina Thibeault has released an album featuring chamber music by some of the most fa…

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The Witch in the Cherry Tree by Margaret Mahy & Jenny Williams

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

In the back of The Witch in the Cherry Tree there was a recipe: ‘How to Make Gingerbread Witches’. I have very fond memories of my mum helping my siblings and me to make and decorate these when we we…

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The Honeyman and the Hunter by Neil Grant

Reviewed by Bec Kavanagh

‘How do we find the place where we belong?’ asks Neil Grant in his newest YA novel, as he follows Rudra Solace from a beachside fishing village on the Australian coast to a sunken village in India. R…

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This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) by Lambchop

Reviewed by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner is a master of reinvention. From his beginnings over three decades ago as an alt-country musician, the Nashville native has swirled through a litany of phases, landing n…

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