Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I'll be talking about these books on Facebook live at 5:30pm Brisbane time on the 14/12/18. Come and say hello! To purchase any of these titles or read more about them – click on title...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

This will be my last 'Five on Friday' for two weeks as the girls and I are off to Bali - this is the REPLAY of last years botched attempt to avoid our first...

33 New #LoveOzYA Book Gifts for Teens

Joe Visser, aka Book Boy, is one of my favourite young book bloggers, and is also the only teen member of the LoveOzYA committee, a group of volunteers who work together to help promote...

Five on Friday: Favourite Reads This Week

Quite literally, this post is as the title suggests, my five favourite reads of the week! I'll be presenting these on Facebook Live each week through the Your Kid's Next Read group or my...

Five on Friday: Favourite Reads This Week

'My Sunbeam Baby' by Emma Quay 'Another Book About Bears' by Laura and Philip Bunting 'Help Around the House' by Morris Gleitzman 'Limelight' by Solli Raphael 'The Things That Will Not Stand' by Michael Gerard Bauer  

Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Anger of Angels’

I am always super pleased when I open an email from Jazzy of teen book blog, Jazzy's Bookshelf to find a new review. Her reviews are insightful and she absolutely understands what teens and...

Review of ‘The Bogan Mondrian’

Title: 'The Bogan Mondrian’ Author: Steven Herrick Publisher: UQP. Teachers' Notes are here. Themes: grief, fathers, domestic violence, gambling, family, friendship, hope, trust, prejudice. I often wonder if it’s overwhelming to be a celebrated author with a new book about...

Once There Was A Boy: on books and empathy by Emily Gale

One of us is a bully.  One of us wants to be understood.  One of us loves a girl who loves another.  One of us remembers the past as if it just happened.  One of us believes they’ve...

Jazzy Reviews: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

I was so hoping that Jazzy might review, 'Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow'! I absolutely LOVED it but wanted the opinion of an actual teen reader - enter Jazzy of Jazzy's Bookshelf. I love...

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 ‘How to Hang a Witch’

Jazzy is an incredibly astute reader and reviewer, and very rarely gives a book 5 book bolts, so I admit that I am intrigued by this book, despite it being 'not my genre' of choice! I've ordered...

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 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 ‘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...

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...

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: Because of You

Title: Because of You Author: Pip Harry Publisher: UQP Age Range: 15+ Themes: homelessness, belonging, hope, stereotypes, identity, friendship, addiction, alcoholism, community service, homosexuality, teen pregnancy. ‘Books can save anyone. If they’re the right ones.’ Tiny is 18, homeless and...

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...