Page 5 of our reviews

Will You Be My Friend? by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram

In the same year as the publication of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the adored classic Guess How Much I Love You? (and also, sadly, of Sam McBratney’s death in September), we have been gif…

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The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan

It only takes a few lines of reading to discover that the character of the novel’s title is dead; she has committed suicide, leaving behind a young coterie of confused and devastated friends. They ea…

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Jack by Marilynne Robinson

The love of our neighbour in all its fullness simply means being able to say, ‘What are you going through?’ states French philosopher, mystic and political activist Simone Weil, a thinker who, like A…

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What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers

A companion to Here We Are, that gorgeous, wise book that introduced our world and beyond to a young boy, What We’ll Build is a more collaborative exploration of building a life together between an a…

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Honeybee by Craig Silvey

Originally, Craig Silvey wanted to be a palaeontologist, but by the time he was nineteen years old he had published his first novel, Rhubarb, to great acclaim. Then, of course, he wrote Jasper Jones …

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What Are Little Girls Made Of? by Jeanne Willis & Isabelle Follath

This is nursery rhyme emancipation for the grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, and daughter of our times! What Are Little Girls Made of? is a gorgeous, wise and eloquent retelling of the rhyming class…

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The Death Of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

The Death Of Vivek Oji is the third novel from Nigerian-born Igbo and Tamil author Akwaeke Emezi in as many years. It opens with the death of Vivek Oji and, with graceful deftness, weaves back and fo…

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

In the seventeenth century, the East India Trading Company has a tight grip on the world. Those who sail as merchants rule absolutely, and everyone who works for them is ruthless, amoral, and evil. S…

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Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow returns in the long-awaited third book set in the magical world of Nevermoor. Mog is eager to get a handle on her Wundersmith powers and to finally start learning the Wretched Arts. Aft…

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The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

The free speech fight of 1909 in Spokane, Washington, was a civil disobedience action staged by the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as Wobblies, under the charge of the then nineteen-year…

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