Page 4 of our reviews

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Last year, when I heard that a new Elena Ferrante novel was imminent, I experienced palpable waves of excitement through my body. That’s the kind of writer Ferrante is – she inspires feverish devotio…

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The Wolves of Greycoat Hall by Lucinda Gifford

When the Scottish Conservation Society announces plans to reintroduce wolves into the wild, the Greycoat family of Morovia is soon boarding the Trans-Bohemia Express for the land of shortbread and lo…

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A Polar Bear in Sydney Harbour by Beck & Robin Feiner

This new picture book from married duo Beck and Robin Feiner is a sparkling tale about a lost polar bear, a smart little girl, and a dash of fascinating true science. When Hannah spots a polar bear f…

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Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The latest novel by the author of The War that Saved My Life is a powerful, first-person story from the perspective of ten-year-old Della, who has been the victim of a sexual assault. She and her sis…

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The Fire Star by A.L. Tait

When Maven and Reeve, two servant children, meet for the first time, they barely have time to start to dislike each other before the Fire Star – a precious gem – is stolen. The two then have only a f…

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Monogamy by Sue Miller

The devil is always in the detail. Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years, seemingly with great devotion. Graham is a bookseller. (Do I know him? I thought several times throughou…

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The Lost Library by Jess McGeachin

From the local author and illustrator of the much-loved picture book Fly, Jess McGeachin, we now have The Lost Library. When Oliver discovers a fluttering book stuck behind his bedroom cupboard, he d…

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Ordinary Matter by Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery has merged art and science with a clever twist in her collection of short stories, Ordinary Matter. She has won multiple awards for her stories, and her previous collection, Trick of the

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Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso) by Vika & Linda

‘You’re going to give it a good review, aren’t you, Daddy?’ It was more of a command than a question from my twelve-year-old daughter as we sat at home one day during home-schooling, listening to the…

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Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin by David Greco & Erin Helyard

Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) was an influential composer, and the earliest famed solely for his instrumental works. His contemporaries were (and remain) known for their vocal compositions as much as…

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