Page 7 of our reviews

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Martha can read people by touching their clothes, as if their memories and emotions have been absorbed by the cloth they wear. This strange ‘gift’ started when she became blind in one eye as a result…

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

Angie Thomas’s debut novel, The Hate U Give, was an absolute knockout – a bestselling, award-winning novel from 2017 that eloquently portrayed racism in America and gave a young adult voice to the Bl…

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The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Reviewed by Natalie Platten

This story is mythic in stature and full of wonder and enchantment. It is a tale about a family living remotely on a harsh land where winter has an icy hold and threatens to freeze all life to the bo…

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The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

Reading The Dreamers leading up to Christmas, I’ll admit that a book about people drifting into a seemingly peaceful and prolonged sleep had its appeal. This is, however, no fairytale but a contempor…

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An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Reviewed by Clare Millar

Chigozie Obioma received international acclaim for his first novel The Fishermen, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015, won several international prizes for emerging writers, and le…

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Louis and Louise by Julie Cohen

Reviewed by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Lou Alder is one person, but exists in two separate realities: one in which he is Louis, and one in which she is Louise. The prolific Julie Cohen’s latest book is a Sliding Doors-esque tale, explorin…

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The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

Reviewed by Bec Kavanagh

The people who survive when the world turns upside down are the first ones who learn how to walk on their heads.

Ella and her brother Emery are learning to survive in a world that’s been tipped ups…

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

Reviewed by Athina Clarke

The journey from childhood to adulthood can be challenging; beyond the physical transformation of our bodies and the rollercoaster of our emotions awaits the struggle to understand who we really are,…

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The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea

Reviewed by Rose Maurice

Caroline Lea sets her novel of intrigue and deception against the cold backdrop of an isolated rural community in 1686 Iceland. The novel follows Rosa after she agrees to marry a wealthy stranger. Mo…

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Melody Trumpet by Gabrielle Tozer

Reviewed by Claire Atherfold

‘Melody Trumpet burst into the world with a screech that rattled the windowpanes of Trumpet Manor. It was a perfectly ordinary sound for a newborn baby…’

But Melody is a Trumpet. As the daughter of…

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