Review of ‘Two Wolves’

Title: Two Wolves Author: Tristan Bancks Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Age Range: Upper Primary/Lower Secondary - Young Adult (mature themes, check suitability for younger readers) Awards: Winner, KOALA & YABBA Children’s Choice Awards; Children’s Book Council of Australia Honour Book; Shortlisted, Prime...

Top Thirty Australiana Books

Top Thirty Australiana Books (+ one app!) To date I have resisted creating a list of books about Australia because our country is so many different things to so many different people and I don’t think any...

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 age groups for many years now,...

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...

Middle School Prize Pack Giveaways!

Middle School would have to be one of the most anticipated films of 2017 for the tween market and deservedly so. For his 'Middle School' series, bestselling author James Patterson created book characters full...

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 ‘To This Day: For the bullied and the beautiful’

I've been meaning to review slam poet, Shane Koyczon's powerful, must-have book, 'To This Day: For the bullied and the beautiful' for ages now, but when I gifted the book to one of Eden Riley's children, I...

Review of ‘Intruder’

Review of ‘Intruder’ Written by Christine Bongers Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary – YA (I’m struggling to place ‘Intruder’ into an age bracket, but I know these are required. There...

Children’s Books About Separation and Divorce

Children's Books About Separation and Divorce Families come in all forms and, over the years, I’ve shared so many books which encompass all sorts of family’s experiences including; adoption; same-sex parents and grief. Today I’m...

The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables

The Children's Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables The Children’s Book Council of Australia awards are the most highly regarded children’s/YA lit awards within the industry and in the wider community. If...

Ballet Books and Ballet Dresses

Ballet Books and Ballet Dresses There is something truly magical about ballet. To be able to float in layers of tulle and silk, across a stage, with seemingly effortless grace requires precision, strength and skill...

Review of ‘The Cherub’ Series

Review of ‘The Cherub’ Series I was so excited to get this review from Gabe – not only because Cherub is one of my favourite series of the past few years, but because Gabe (by...

Book People: Sally Morgan

Book People: Sally Morgan I am so honroured today to be featuring Sally Morgan on the blog, as part of my Book People series. Sally Morgan has been 'in my life' since the 80s, when...

Review of ‘The Protected’

Review of 'The Protected' Written by Claire Zorn Publisher: University of Queensland Press Age Range: Young Adult Themes: grief; adolescence; sibling relationships; bullying; school; family; parents; depression; realistic fiction. To purchase this book click on title or cover links....

Review of ‘One True Thing’

Review of 'One True Thing' Written by Nicole Hayes Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: Young Adult Themes: politics, family, music, photography, art, secrets, frienships, trust, forgiveness, relationships, love, teenagers. When is a secret not a secret? When your...

Cheaper than Therapy: ‘1000 Dot-to-Dot Books’

Cheaper than Therapy: '1000 Dot-to-Dot Books' I’ve been a fan of the Thomas Pavitte’s ‘1000 Dot-to-Dot’ books for some time now. They are the perfect gift for anyone - young and old alike! Especially perfect...

Review of ‘The Simple Gift’

Written by Steven Herrick Publisher: University of Qld Press Age Range: Young Adult Themes: family, friendship, homelessness, coming of age, verse novel. To purchase this novel click on title links or cover images. I get goosebumps just seeing...

John Green Giveaway

John Green Giveaway As part of my 'Twelve (literary) Days of Christmas' today I have a John Green Collectors Edition Giftpack to giveaway for one lucky young adult (or adult) reader, thanks to the lovely...

Book-ish DVD’s for Kids and Teens

Book-ish DVD’s for Kids and Teens Our children don’t watch a heap of television, for no other reason than we’re not home that much! But do not fear I’m not against television, and we have...

Book People: James Moloney

Book People: James Moloney James Moloney was my husband’s teacher librarian at a Catholic boys school in Brisbane. When Dan told me this many years ago, I was over-excited (I know. Hard to believe). Me: "No...