Page 3 of our reviews

Wombat, Mudlark and Other Stories by Helen Milroy

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Wombat helps Mother Earth recover the eternal flame in her belly. Mudlark discovers the reason for Sun’s burning anger and soothes him. Clever Penguin stops Whale from stealing from Sky, and finds hi…

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Emoni has a deep love of cooking. She’s extraordinarily talented in the kitchen and has dreamed of being a chef since she was a child. When a culinary arts course is offered at her school, she is, na…

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The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

Reviewed by Morgana Keating

The Good Thieves is a fast-paced heist adventure about Vita Marlowe, a girl who comes with her mother to New York to stay with her grieving grandfather. Vita arrives determined to reclaim her family …

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Mozart: Le Testament Symphonique by Le Concert Des Nations

Reviewed by Alexandra Mathew

During the summer of 1788, aged only thirty-two, Mozart achieved a monumental feat of compositional greatness: in just one and a half months, he completed symphonies 39, 40 and 41, to which he referr…

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Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice by Jessica White

Reviewed by Clare Millar

Hearing Maud is a compelling work of creative nonfiction. In many ways, this is a book about the power of language, of writing, and of finding one’s own voice. Jessica White lost all of her hearing i…

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Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Rumblestar is an adventure-filled fantasy that features a timid, unlikely hero and a feisty, disagreeable girl and her tiny, totally adorable dragon. Casper is unwillingly transported from his weathe…

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Sir John Tavener: The Protecting Veil by Matthew Barley and Sinfonietta Riga

Reviewed by Kate Rockstrom

When the first thing you see, as a performer, is the phrase ‘Transcendent With Awesome Majesty’, you know you’re going to be in for something epic. John Tavener wrote those words over the top of the …

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Lizard’s Tale by Weng Wai Chan

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

Lizard is a street-smart twelve-year-old who lives in tiny quarters above a tailor’s shop in Singapore’s Chinatown, and ekes out a bare living with legitimate odd jobs, and a few slightly shady ones …

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Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke has already given us such great books as The Patchwork Bike, Wide Big World and The Hate Race, among others, and now we have the gorgeous Fashionista: Fashio

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Destroyer (DVD)

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

Karyn Kusama’s first film, Girlfight, had quite an impact on me back in 2000. Her most recent film, the crime thriller Destroyer, hit me just as hard. I have no doubt that when I sit down at the end …

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