Page 6 of our reviews

The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham

‘The coconut children on the trees need to drop into the water. That way the ocean can carry them to another island, where they can grow.’

Cabramatta, 1998. Vincent Tran has returned after two year…

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Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Ally Carter

Eleven-year-old April is used to being bounced around from foster home to foster home, so when she ends up at a mansion with four other kids she hardly expects to be there forever. Except that not lo…

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Lines Written During a Sleepless Night by Louise Alder & Joseph Middleton

Three years since her debut recital disc Through Life and Love, British soprano Louise Alder is back, and her voice is more ravishing than ever. Lines Written During a Sleepless Night is an homage to…

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The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller’s Elizabeth and Zenobia was shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize and her latest work, The Republic of Birds, is a wonderful magical adventure story certain to attract gre…

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Ollie and Will met over the summer holidays at a lake in North Carolina. Summer lovin’ happened so fast. After summer break is over, they go their separate ways. Ollie gets ghosted by Will (or perhap…

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Melting Moments by Anna Goldsworthy

Fans of Anna Goldsworthy’s award-winning writing to date will be delighted – and far from surprised – to find that many of the notable qualities of her nonfiction and memoir writing are adroitly depl…

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Hattie by Frida Nilsson

Hattie is six years old. She lives in a ‘tiny, tiny town’ in the Swedish countryside. She is about to start school. Swedish author Frida Nilsson’s new book Hattie is, as its title suggests, the stor…

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Oasis by Katya de Becerra

Set on an archaeological dig in the desert near Dubai, the second novel from Katya de Becerra is a supernatural thriller that will have you guessing right up until the very last page.

Alife has tra…

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Please Don’t Eat Me by Liz Climo

Rabbit has the misfortune of meeting Bear when Bear is hungry. At first Rabbit seems almost resigned to her fate. ‘Aw, nuts,’ she says, before asking Bear not to eat her, please. But Bear is hungry. …

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Parasite

When Bong Joon-ho won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019, Parasite was the first South Korean film ever awarded the festival’s top prize. Almost a year later, director Bong accomplished another series of…

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