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Special Kev: Chris McKimmie

Reviewed by Polly Latras, Readings Port Melbourne

Special Kev has red hair and freckles, just like a strawberry according to his Aunty Pav. Meet a whole menagerie of characters: some kind, some mean, including eleventy-million cousins (of which Fat…

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Here Comes Frankie: Tim Hopgood

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke, Readings Hawthorn

Can you smell music? Can you see notes and do they have a colour? Aah yes, you have synaesthesia, but don’t be alarmed because Here Comes Frankie to show you the fun.

From the front endpapers of qu…

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I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You: Ally Carter

Reviewed by Callie Martin, Readings St Kilda

So the cover of this book is pink, very, very pink and girly … and did I mention pink? But inside is a un-put-downable story set in a spy school for gifted girls. And gifted they are, able to kill a …

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The Wish Pony: Catherine Bateson

Reviewed by Kathy Kozlowski, Readings Carlton

Magda, the mysterious new neighbour, came into Ruby’s life at just the right time. Ruby had just lost her best friend and her parents were preoccupied with her mother’s difficult pregnancy. So Ruby f…

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Big Kicks: Bob Kolar

Reviewed by Callie Martin, Readings St Kilda

Biggie Bear is a loner, a jazz playing, stamp-collecting, giant loner of a bear. Then one day he gets a knock on the door to come and play for the local soccer team. Biggie, being a loner (see above)…

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Make It! Don’t Throw It Away - Create Something Amazing: Jane Bull

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke, Readings Hawthorn

‘Don’t throw it away – create something amazing’ is the subtitle for this fun, colourful book which has clear and concise directions for creating imaginative projects while subtly educating kids abou…

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Roar: Emma Clayton

Reviewed by Bruno Moro, Readings Malvern Manager

It is the future and things are bleak. London has been walled in to keep out vicious, plague-ridden animals on the loose in the world outside. Twelve-year old twins, Mika and Ellie have been separate…

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Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox: Eoin Colfer

Reviewed by Julia Jackson, Readings Carlton

I’m well aware that this series is not to everyone’s liking, and I have to admit, I wasn’t entirely sold on the last couple of books, even though I’m a die-hard Artemis Fowl fan. However, this new b…

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Australian Master: Tessa Birnie

Reviewed by Maurice Smith, classical music buyer for City of Boroondara Library

‘Australian Master’ is a new ABC series which will feature prominent Australian artists. The first set in this new series is pianist Tessa Birnie. Though New Zealand born, Birnie settled in Sydney an…

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Audivi Vocem: The Hilliard Ensemble

Reviewed by Phil Richards, Readings Carlton

For more than 30 years, the Hilliard Ensemble has been Britain’s pre-eminent vocal group. With a repertoire ranging from Perotin to Errki-Sven Tüür, from Guillaume de Machaut to German composer Heine…

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