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Review of ‘A Hollow is a Home’

By | Nov 20, 2019
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Oh how I love this book and I’m so grateful to Sam for reviewing it for me as her Scientific knowledge is invaluable with CSIRO publications. My parents have always had amazing…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘It Sounded Better in my Head’

By | Nov 5, 2019
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Jazzy today reviews a novel that I devoured and adored, ‘It Sounded Better in my Head’ by Nina Kenwood. This is a beautifully gentle coming-of-age story about friendships, self-image and first love…

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Review of ‘The Secrets of Magnolia Moon’

By | Nov 2, 2019
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It was hope that made grass grow and waves rise and babies stand. And when the grass got trampled, the waves crashed down and babies toppled over, it was hope that made…

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Review of ‘White Bird’

By Megan Daley | Oct 9, 2019
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Title: ‘White Bird’ Author: R. J. Palacio Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: middle grade*, YA Themes: bravery, kindness, courage, World War II, survival, family, found family, friends. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon…

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Review of ‘Windcatcher’

By | Oct 8, 2019
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ChickPea has been an avid lover of books about birds for some time now and has enjoyed a few outings with a dear friend of ours who takes the most amazing photographs…

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Review of ‘Monuments’

By Megan Daley | Oct 1, 2019
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Title: ‘Monuments’ Author: Will Kostakis Publisher: Hachette Age Range: young adult Themes: fantasy, adventure, Greek mythology, contemporary fiction, sexuality, friendship, family, grief, coming of age Greek Australian, Indigenous, romance, diversity, humour. Teachers’…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’

By Megan Daley | Sep 30, 2019
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Title: ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’ Author: Nat Amoore Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: middle primary, upper primary Themes: humour, school, friends, family, adventure, entrepreneurship. Finding a million dollars in your…

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Review of ‘Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles’

By Megan Daley | Sep 25, 2019
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Dr Sam Lloyd has been reviewing Science themed books for Children’s Books Daily for some years now – you can see all her reviews by clicking on the ‘guest blogger’ category or…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest’

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2019
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Title: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest’  Author:  Trent Maxwell and David Lawrence Illustrator: Peter Baldwin Publisher: Affirm Press  Themes: surf lifesaving; lifeguards; rescue; family; friendship; goal setting; community engagement; teamwork; caring for the environment; protest.…

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Girl Zone Book Club

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2019
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Term Three is such a busy term with sports and other school activities (including Book Week!) and it’s often the time of year when many book club attendees are unable to make…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Pie in the Sky’

By Megan Daley | Sep 10, 2019
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A sophisticated, funny and emotional illustrated middle-grade debut about immigrating to Australia, being upstaged by an annoying little brother, baking cakes and overcoming loss. Title: ‘Pie in the Sky’Author: Remy LaiPublisher: Walker…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The All New Must Have Orange 430’

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2019
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Title: ‘The All New Must Have Orange 430’ Author/Illustrator: Michael Speechley Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Awards: Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year at the 2019 CBCA Awards Age Range:…

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Review of ‘As Happy as Here’

By Megan Daley | Aug 19, 2019
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In my humble opinion, Jane Godwin is one of the heroes of the kidlit world in Australia. A former publisher (responsible for the wonderful ‘Our Australian Girls’ series no less), Jane has…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Lenny’s Book of Everything’

By Megan Daley | Aug 12, 2019
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‘Sometimes rain made me want to cry, like there was something deep inside of me – the sadness flower that opened up when rainy days came, and blossomed inside of me until…

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Poetry Anthologies & Verse Novels for Readers Aged 2-12

By Megan Daley | Aug 7, 2019
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Encouraging young people to read widely and enjoy a balanced literary diet is something that can add immeasurably to their reading and writing journey. For many of us, poetry and verse novels…

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