Page 3 of our reviews

I’ll Always Be Older than You by Jane Godwin & Sara Acton

Being an older sibling can be challenging; patience is required, as the little girl in the book learns.

A little planning doesn’t go astray and so she hops into her little brother’s cot and outline…

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The Adversary by Ronnie Scott

With his debut novel The Adversary, Ronnie Scott has gifted readers the most relatable coming-of-age narrative I’ve encountered in some time. With a hot and empty Melbourne summer ahead our unnamed p…

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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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Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett & Claire Keane

Paolo, a dachshund, lives in a hairdressing salon but he is desperate to escape and experience Rome in all its historic glory. One day he manages to slip out and the city he long imagined comes alive…

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The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting

There is not much that twelve-year-old Chance Callahan is uncertain about. She draws a hard line between true and false, and values honesty over everything else. Chance’s mother has kept detailed dia…

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Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Ava is an Irish expat living in Hong Kong, teaching English to privileged Hongkonger children. She is in her twenties, and is a rudderless kind of high-achiever: intelligent, but unable (or unwilling…

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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

The idea that places or cities might have their own unique personalities or ‘souls’ is a theme with a long history, stretching as far back as the Ancient Roman notion of ‘genius loci’. Many urban fan…

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I Don’t Know How That Happened by Oliver Driscoll

The pared-back prose poems in this collection examine the seemingly small details of domestic life. They tell the stories of encounters – moments of contact and subtle conflict – that happen between …

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Landing with Wings by Trace Balla

It’s been four long years since Trace Balla’s last graphic novel, Rockhopping, but it’s been utterly worth the wait. Landing with Wings is the story of a young girl, Mira, and her mum, who move to th…

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Taking Down Evelyn Tait by Poppy Nwosu

This novel is an engaging comedy of manners set around a blended family and a high-school friendship group. Lottie is a black-clothed heavy metal fan and school troublemaker whose best friend falls i…

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