Page 3 of our reviews

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Reviewed by Alison Huber

During her year as a judge’s associate in the District Court in Queensland, Bri Lee finds herself enduring case after case after case involving rape, sexual assault and child abuse. A fact that Lee k…

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Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

I first came across Laura Dockrill’s unique voice with her wildly poetic mermaid duology, Lorali and Aurabel, and Big Bones is another addition to her marvellous body of work about young people who g…

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Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

Imagine if everything you knew and took for granted about your life was just a facade, a mask to cover the real life you were being groomed for. In the new life, you would adopt a new identity, chang…

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Hansel and Gretel by Bethan Woollvin

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Now, we all know Hansel and Gretel were the poor children cast out of their home into the forest and treated rather badly by a witch – but is this so? What if we heard the story from the witch’s poin…

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There Are No Grown-Ups by Pamela Druckerman

Reviewed by Elke Power

I love Pamela Druckerman’s writing. Her last book, French Children Don’t Throw Food, was, and still is, an international bestseller. To be clear, she is not the author of the French Women Don’t Get F

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Bluebottle by Belinda Castles

Reviewed by Susan Stevenson

Set on Sydney’s Barrenjoey peninsula, the sea is a constant presence throughout Belinda Castles’ Bluebottle. From the cliff-top shack where architect Charlie Bright and his photogenic family spend Ch…

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84K by Claire North

Reviewed by Tristen Kiri Brudy

Company men would run for Parliament, Company newspapers would trumpet their excellence to the sky, Company TV stations would broadcast their election promises this is how democracy worked: corporate

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Felix Culpa by Jeremy Gavron

Reviewed by Tom Davies

The moment I heard about Jeremy Gavron’s new novel, I knew I had to read it. Felix Culpa starts with the death of a young man, a prison inmate, before going back to explore his life and how much the …

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Impossible Inventions by Małgorzata Mycielska, Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Ever wondered what a water clock would look like? How about a ride in a land yacht? These are just some of the wacky inventions in this unusual book. Produced by the team who brought us the bestselli…

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My Girragundji by Meme McDonald & Boori Monty Pryor

Reviewed by Julia Gorman

My Girragundji tells the story of an Indigenous boy growing up between two worlds, a boy who deals with bullies at school and a bad spirit that roams his family’s house at night. But with his Girragu…

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