Page 4 of our reviews

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

The Librarian of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Dita Kraus, a 14-year-old girl imprisoned, together with her mother and father, in the family camp at Auschwitz. The family camp was an experi…

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Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Reviewed by Leanne Hall

I’m a known collector of fancy editions of timeless tales, and a sucker for all things mythological, so I was very excited to pick up Kevin Crossley-Holland’s illustrated Norse Myths: Tales of Odin,

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Set during the start of the English civil War, A Skinful of Shadows tells the story of Makepeace, a girl plagued by nightmares of ghosts tearing her apart, looking for the chance to possess her. Her …

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The Woman Who Fooled the World by Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano

Reviewed by Jo Case

You don’t need to have heard about Belle Gibson, the Instafamous ‘wellness warrior’ who made a fortune and built an empire on her claim to have treated her brain cancer (which she didn’t have) with d…

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Mrs. M by Luke Slattery

Reviewed by Susan Stevenson

Over the course of a long, sleepless night, Elizabeth Macquarie composes an epitaph for her husband, Governor Lachlan Macquarie. From widowhood on the Isle of Mull, she revisits their part in the tum…

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

The 2017 winner of the Newbery Medal is available to Australian readers in a new paperback edition.

Xan is a good and kind witch. Each year she makes a journey to rescue a child who’s been left in …

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A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo

One of my favourite books is Peter Carey’s Illywhacker, with its outrageous narrator Herbert Badgery and the sprawling basalt plains of Bacchus Marsh. It was a riot of fun that hid a message about th…

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Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kari Gíslason

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Personally, I could bore anyone on the subject of Iceland, but this book won’t bore you at all! As it seems anyone who has been to Iceland does, Richard Fidler and Kári Gíslason want to tell the stor…

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The Ice Sea Pirates by Frida Nilsson

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This exciting Nordic adventure story has just been translated from the Swedish. When ten year-old Siri and her sister are out picking berries one day, Siri’s sister is stolen by pirates to work in th…

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Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

Have Sword Will Travel is a hilarious and exciting adventure set in a fantastical ‘medieval like’ time where gender equality is the norm – ‘brave knight’ is a job description for anyone capable, whet…

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