Page 5 of our reviews

Shell by Kristina Olsson

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

When most people see the Sydney Opera House, they think of sails on the harbour. But Kristina Olsson (and her character Axel Lindquist) is reminded of shells you might find on the beaches of Sweden. …

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Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford

Reviewed by Elke Power

Just as she did with the title of her first book, Clementine Ford has taken another well-known expression and repurposed it for the title of her second. Ford reclaimed Fight Like A Girl and framed th…

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Zenobia by Morten Dürr & Lars Horneman

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

This heartbreaking Danish graphic novel calls our attention to the thousands of people who each year go missing or die during migration, particularly those deaths that happen at sea. Millions of Syri…

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The Bromeliad trilogy

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

When you are tiny, less than 10cm small, and you have spent your entire life living as comfortably as generations before you in the walls and floors of a large department store, you might be forgiven…

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All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

A radiant celebration of the many different talents children can have, All the Ways to be Smart is certain to be one of the picture books of the year. The third release from Australian duo Davina Bel…

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A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier

Reviewed by Holly Harper

Elodie has an iron will – with a stepfather who loathes her and a mother who does nothing to defend her, it’s the only way she’s been able to survive her hard upbringing. When she receives word that …

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My Two Blankets (bilingual editions) by Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

My Two Blankets is a beautiful book that tells the story of the strangeness of a new world for a little girl who has moved to Australia with her auntie. The words people are speaking sound strange an…

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Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Reviewed by Bernard Caleo

Smoothly, calmly, Haruki Murakami leads us out to the latest outpost of his fictional universe. We survey the hillside and the lonely house in which the narrator has come to live. Once, it belonged t…

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Diving For Seahorses by Hilde Østby & Ylva Østby

Reviewed by Leanne Hermosilla

The enticing introduction to Diving for Seahorses poses the question, if our cells constantly turn over, what are we? Our physical matter being temporary, maybe ‘we are our memories’. Diving into mem…

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Everything I’ve Never Said by Samantha Wheeler

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Queensland author Samantha Wheeler is already a Readings’ favourite, with two of her middle grade novels previously shortlisted for The Readings Children’s Book Prize. Her latest is an incredible pie…

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