Page 9 of our reviews

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Nightcrawling is the highly anticipated and impressive debut novel by Leila Mottley, the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. Deeply affected by true events in her hometown of Oakland, California, in 20…

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When Only One by Meg Gatland-Veness

When Only One is a requiem to every soul lost too young to violent causes. Raised in a rural Australian town, Sam lives a seemingly average teenage life. He worries about high school pressures and ma…

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Either/Or by Elif Batuman

Full disclosure: Elif Batuman’s debut novel, The Idiot, is in my top five favourite books of all time. It takes place in 1995 and follows Selin, a Turkish American woman during her freshman year at H…

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Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri

Admirers of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work might mistakenly think that working in languages other than English was a new direction for her, but as she recounts in Translating Myself and Others, when she was wr…

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The Lost Ryu by Emi Watanabe Cohen

Kohei Fujiwara has an impossible memory. He knows it’s impossible, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s certain he’s seen big ryū (dragons) before. He remembers vividly the smile on his Ojiisan…

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The Wrath of the Woolington Wyrm by Karen Foxlee

Ten-year-old Mary-Kate Martin is apprehensive about her impending trip to Woolington but her archaeologist mother insists on investigating the mysterious bones recently discovered there. The village …

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The Museum of Broken Things by Lauren Draper

The Museum of Broken Things ticks quite a few of the boxes in contemporary YA writing: a mysterious past trauma, a good-looking love interest and the loneliness of relocation. Luckily the plot broade…

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Eat Weeds by Diego Bonetto

I promise this gorgeous book will impart more than just an image of yourself on your footpath foraging weeds for your mealtime. Beautifully bound, this book is a call to eat more greens, create more …

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Guardians (Wylah: The Koorie Warrior, Book 1) by Jordan Gould & Richard Pritchard

What started out as an exciting day for Wylah – her first day teaching her village’s little ones how to do cave paintings – ends dramatically when she’s caught in a cave-in with one of the children, …

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The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers

Two men, friendship and crop circles. British writer Benjamin Myers’ (The Offing, The Gallows Pole) strange and beautiful novel The Perfect Golden Circle sets us down among the wheat fields of Wiltsh…

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