Page 9 of our reviews

The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks

Eleven-year-old Winifred is going through a tough year. Her adopted dad has a new wife, she has a new stepbrother, and a baby is on the way. She not only needs to get along with her stepbrother Sam a…

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Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell

This isn’t the first time I’ve written a book review while wearing trackpants in bed but it’s the first time I’ve written like that on a weekday morning and in accordance with government instructions…

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Burn by Patrick Ness

You never know what you will get with a new Patrick Ness novel, but you can guarantee it will be utterly unique and extraordinarily beautiful. In his latest story, Burn, Ness delves into an alternate…

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He Started It by Samantha Downing

To say a book has a twist is sometimes a spoiler: you’ll find yourself living in a constant state of suspense, waiting for when it’ll happen. I don’t think saying that He Started It has twists is any…

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I’ll Always Be Older than You by Jane Godwin & Sara Acton

Being an older sibling can be challenging; patience is required, as the little girl in the book learns.

A little planning doesn’t go astray and so she hops into her little brother’s cot and outline…

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Vasks: Works for Piano Trio by Trio Palladio

We listen to, we look for, and we learn about classical music all the time. And yet, somehow, sometimes we miss a gem. This is what discovering Peteris Vasks has been for me. Considered one of the mo…

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The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting

There is not much that twelve-year-old Chance Callahan is uncertain about. She draws a hard line between true and false, and values honesty over everything else. Chance’s mother has kept detailed dia…

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Beethoven: The Piano Concertos by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Happy 250th Birthday Beethoven! The classical music world is going mad for all new Beethoven recordings and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is jumping on that bandwagon. Teaming up with fellow Austra…

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The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Lucy and Fred are very best friends and collaborating on a summer project. Already a passionate biologist at 13, Fred asks Lucy (a talented artist in the throes of self-discovery) to illustrate a fie…

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The January Stars by Kate Constable

Clancy and Tash have kidnapped their grandfather from an agedcare home. He’s a stroke survivor in a wheelchair whose main form of communication is just a few words: ‘yes’, ‘nah’ and ‘sp-sp-sp-’. They…

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