612ABC: Bookworms

They invited me back! He of the lovely voice, Mr David Curnow, emailed me recently to invite me back for another year of monthly chats about all things children's and YA books. I really...

Middle School Prize Pack Giveaways!

Middle School would have to be one of the most anticipated films of 2017 for the tween market and deservedly so. For his 'Middle School' series, bestselling author James Patterson created book characters full...

‘The Song From Somewhere Else’ and the Imaginary Worlds of A.F. Harrold

It is always a great privilege to receive a review from Joy Lawn*...always.  A.F. Harrold has a special kind of imagination. Many readers of children’s books will know his work from his CILIP Kate Greenaway and Carnegie...

Tis the Season to Dance

I've talked here a few times now about how my girls don't do dance, but how we love going to the ballet and theatre - highlights this year have been 'The Peasant Prince' and...

Jazzy Reviews: Ruby Redfort: Look into my Eyes by Ruby Redfort

I do so love it when Jazzy sends me an email with another of her reviews. I adore reading good reviews by young people and I often use the reviews of Jazzy as examples...

612ABC: Bookworms

This evening I chatted all things new in the world of children's and YA literature, on 612ABC Brisbane, 'Bookworms' show, with Sarah Howells. The books below are my fav's from the last month and you can...

Transgender Books for Younger Readers

Look,I sometimes feel that I use Trish Buckley's reviewing expertise purely for the 'tricky' books, the books I just don't know what to do with or what to say about, but love and believe...

Review of ‘The Tales of Jahani’

Series Title: The Tale of Jahani. Book One 'Daughter of the Nomads'; Book Two 'The Leopard Princess'. Author: Rosanne Hawke. Illustrator: D.M. Cornish Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper primary - lower secondary. Themes: identity; trust; courage; belonging; family; journeys;...

Book People: Richard Roxburgh

I am going to attempt to remain professional throughout this post, but I must just say that my love of Richard Roxburgh runs deep. I rarely become enamoured with actors, all my crushes tend...

612ABC: ‘Bookworms’

This evening I will be chatting with Sarah Howells on the 612ABC show, Bookworms. Once a month on a Tuesday I am let loose on a radio microphone (me…live…seriously) and allowed to talk books.  Tonight...