Book People: Paul Collins

Book People: Paul Collins I’m rather excited to be able to share with you today a glimpse into the life of author and publisher, Paul Collins. Paul has ‘around 150 books’ (his words!) to his...

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...

Mother and Daughter Book Club Titles

Mother and Daughter Book Club Titles My Mother & Daughter Bookclub has just finished reading ‘The Forgotten Pearl’ and tonight we’ve had a great discussion about this fabulous book  - if it were to be...

Review of ‘Flora’s War’

Review of ‘Flora’s War’ Written by Pamela Rushby Publisher: Ford Street Publishing  Age Range: Lower Secondary (particularly girls 11+) Themes: archaeology, war, romance, history, female perspective of war. I’ve been ridiculously obsessed with historical fiction this year. There seems to...

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...

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...

Reading Lists for Twelve Year Olds +

Reading Lists for Twelve Year Olds + I spoke yesterday of how much I love a good list, and gave some suggested reading lists for nine year olds +. I’ve been compiling reading lists for different...

Review of ‘Wonder’

Review of 'Wonder' Written by R. J. Palacio Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper primary – Adult (parents/guardians/teachers please be aware of subject matter and decide on age appropriateness for your child) Themes:  difference, friendship, family, schools, resilience, acceptance,...

Review of ‘Pennies for Hitler’

Review of 'Pennies for Hitler' 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...

Review of ‘Louis Beside Himself’

Review of ‘Louis Beside Himself’ 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 not: she runs, hops,...