Page 6 of our reviews

Other People’s Houses by Hilary McPhee

At one time, Hilary McPhee’s life was in upheaval and she was struggling with the illness and death of her parents, a bout of cancer and the end of a long marriage. It was a period of deep desolation…

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SLAY by Brittney Morris

Welcome to the universe of SLAY, a virtual-reality card game designed exclusively for black players. In SLAY, kids across the world log-in to duel as powerful heroes in a vast, online Wakanda designe…

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I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak

From Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back and Wild Blue Wonder, we now have I, Cosmo, her debut for middle fiction readers. I, Cosmo is narrated by the honest, heartwarming and brilliantly hi…

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Bold Tales for Brave-Hearted Boys by Susannah McFarlane

Reading the classic fairytales is a rite of passage for many of us. They are stories that can not only spark a never-ending love for literature, but also teach us important moral lessons for how we l…

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All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell & Jenny Løvlie

This is the picture book of choice this year and it is sheer perfection in every respect! There is so much to love about this book. The rhyming structure reads effortlessly and is lyrical and songlik…

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The Innocent Reader by Debra Adelaide

Debra Adelaide is not the first author to pen a memoir of sorts by taking us on a journey of personal reading. You may have read Jane Sullivan or Ramona Koval’s books of a similar nature. All of thes…

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We Are All Greta by Valentina Giannella

Despite the name, this book is not a biography of sixteen-year- old climate activist Greta Thunberg. Instead, it uses the inspiration provided by Thunberg’s example of people-power to educate young p…

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Finding the Heart of the Nation by Thomas Mayor

In 2017, over two hundred and fifty Indigenous representatives from around the country gathered at Uluru and unanimously adopted the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The last paragraph reads, ‘In 1967…

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Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman

It’s a long time since Elliot Perlman’s last novel The Street Sweeper and it’s so good to see him back. Perlman’s work looks at social issues through the prism of a mighty fine story. He’s looked at …

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is indisputably one of the greatest storytellers of our time and her eighth novel, The Dutch House, is an undeniable joy to read. I recommend settling into this novel. It starts slowly b…

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