The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables

The Children's Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables The Children’s Book Council of Australia awards are the most highly regarded children’s/YA lit awards within the industry and in the wider community. If...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

This evening I will be on ABC Radio (612ABC) at 8:30pm talking with Trevor Jackson about my favourite books of the past month or so. I've got way too many to talk about and...

Book People: Lance Balchin

So many, many books come across my desk that it takes something pretty special to wow me these days. 'Mechanica' has wowed me and more. It is innovative in a way I have not...

Review of ‘The Boy at the Top of the Mountain’ by John Boyne

  Reviewed by Joy Lawn* To add any of these books to your home or school library, click on cover images or title links.  The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is one of those...

Review of ‘The First Third’

Review of ‘The First Third’ Written by Will Kostakis Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: young adult Themes: mateship, family, identity, culture, grief, loss, change, disability, homosexuality, school, year 12. I have some Greek family friends and I love...

Review of ‘The Forgotten Pearl’

Review of ‘The Forgotten Pearl’ Welcome guest reviewer - Jackie Child! Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we are...

Top Ten YA Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! These lists are my way of making myself really reflect on what I've read this year in the world of children's and YA literature. It's incredibly hard to narrow down my lists to just ten,...

Review of ‘Fireshadow’

Review of 'Fireshadow' Written by Anthony Eaton Publisher: UQP Age Range: Young Adult - Adult Themes:  world war 2, family, loss, hope. Awards: Winner of the 2005 West Australian Premier's Literary Awards (Young Adult Fiction), Shortlisted in the 2006 South Australian Premier's...

Book People: Samantha Turnbull

Book People: Samantha Turnbull Yesterday I shared a review and book trailer (here) for the new series, 'The Anti-Princess Club', which has become a favourite in my school library! Working at a girls school, I'm always on...

Jazzy Reviews: Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master

It’s no secret that I love to feature child reviews on my blog, I have a whole tab of them here. Today we are joined again by 10 year old book blogger, Jazzy of 'Jazzy’s...