A Monster Calls: From Story to Screenplay

It was an absolute privilege to a) be invited to a special preview screening of 'A Monster Calls' and b) be able to get out of the house to attend (thanks mum and dad!)....
Book review: Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

Review: ‘Dragonfly Song’ by Wendy Orr

In the lead-up to the announcement in August of the CBCA Book Of The Year Awards, Team Megan's Blog plans to bring you reviews of as many shortlisted books as we can. This week, Australian...

Review of ‘The Turnkey’ by Allison Rushby

Title: The Turnkey Author: Allison Rushby Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: 9+ Themes: ghosts; paranormal; history; World War II; historical fiction. Click on cover image or title links to read more and to purchase. Flossie Birdwhistle is the Turnkey...

Jazzy’s Bookshelf…The Mapmaker Chronicles: Beyond the Edge of the Map

Quinn heard an awe-inspiring sound from above and his blood seemed to freeze under his skin. Hardly daring to do so, he looked up and there was the big cat, perched on the edge...

Jazzy Reviews: Skulduggery Pleasant

I will never be reading these books, the covers alone terrify me, so I'm very pleased Jazzy has tackled these. Jazzy also takes a close look at the age recommendations on them, something I've...

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: 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 ‘Space Demons’

The lovely Year Five students have been reading 'Space Demons' in class and considering the book review format. As part of this project, I was asked to choose my favourite review to publish here...

Jazzy Reviews: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

Well that was quick! The delightful Jazzy from 'Jazzy's Bookshelf' has read and reviewed the much anticipated 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' in record time and is sharing her review with us today....

Jazzy Reviews: ‘Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes’

I feel so very honoured that 11 year old Jazzy, of Jazzy's Bookshelf, shares some of her reviews here on Children's Books Daily. Reviews by young people, for young people, are the very best...