Doing the Tween Years Right

Biome and CBD have had an ongoing relationship for many years now, and they kindly gifted PudStar her first skincare pack. All opinions, as always, are my own and I shop online at Biome...

Review of ‘The Wonder of Us’

'The Wonder of Us' by Kim Culbertson appeals to me as I love and adore realistic fiction and YA is my happy place. I've got this one to read on my girls weekend away...

Girl Zone Book Club

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

Review of ‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’

The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same . . .  The very best school based stories resonate with children and teachers alike and the...

Book People: Sue Whiting

What do you hope for when there is no hope? In search of this answer, award-winning Australian author Sue Whiting delivers a confronting mystery for younger readers. Mackenzie da Luca’s mother is missing – she’s...

Jazzy Reviews: Missing by Sue Whiting

I'm buckling under the weight of a million questions. Did she walk along here? Did the people in the shops and on the street see her? Speak to her on her last day here?...

Book Club: When You Reach Me

Tonight is my first Girl Zone Book Club for the year! This is a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister,...

Book People: Nova Weetman

My first 'Book People' for 2018 is someone I have long wanted to chat with, Nova Weetman. Though she has been writing for literary magazines and television for many years now,  Weetman burst onto...

Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Kira Dreaming’

After such lovely feedback on her review of 'The Shop at Hoopers Bend', Pud is braving the wilds of online reviewing once again and is today sharing the third book in her current favourite...

Review of ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio

Jazzy from Jazzy's Bookshelf has been a long time reviewer for me and I always smile when I see one of her emails and reviews pop up my inbox. At twelve years old, Jazzy...

Review of ‘The Shop at Hoopers Bend’

My children mostly think my blog is ridiculous and of no use to them whatsover. But recently, PudStar offered me a deal I couldn't refuse...a review of her latest favourite book in exchange for...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

Tonight at 8:30pm I’ll be on 612ABC talking all things books for half an hour or so. The books pictured above are my favourites of the last month or so and great ones in...

Book Club Books Part 3

If you've been reading along, you'll know that Part One of this series is here and Part Two is here. This is my final instalment of fav books that have been read in Girl...

Book Club Books Part 2

Part One of this series is here. So why a 'Girl Zone Book Club' I hear you ask? Well the easy answer to that question is that I work at a girls school! I've...

Book Club Books Part 1

For many years now at school I've been running 'Girl Zone Book Club'– a reading group for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin,...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

Tonight at 8:30pm I'll be on 612ABC talking all things books for half an hour or so. The books pictured above are my favourites of the last month or so and great ones in...

Review of ‘The Wonderling’ by Mira Bartók

My young reviewer, Jazzy from Jazzy's Bookshelf, emailed me her review of 'The Wonderling' by Mira Bartók just this afternoon and I couldn't get it up on the blog fast enough! I've had this...

Review: Elly Awesome

With the Summer holidays approaching (yes I know it's only week two of Term Four, but we all know that Term Four is a blur), it's time to turn our minds to 'Summer Reads'...

Book Club: The War that Saved My Life

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

Jazzy Reviews: The Chronicles of Jack McCool: The Amulet of Athlone

It's always great to receive a review from Jazzy. Terrific to see she's using her holidays for reading. And this one does look like a fabulous holiday read. Jazzy has her own blog, and...