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 ‘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...

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...

Girls Zone Book Club: So Many Choices!

Girls Zone Book Club: So Many Choices! I've been reading too much young adult literature of late and my head is up higher than it should be when thinking about novels for my next Girl...

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...

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!)....

Review of ‘What we Left Behind’

Written by Robin Talley Reviewed by Trish Buckley, who has reviewed more LGTB* works here.  Toni and Gretchen have been girlfriends for almost two years. They never fight, they love each other, and now they both going...

Review of ‘The Sidekicks’

Yesterday I spoke to Will Kostakis and you can read that interview here. His latest novel, The Sidekicks is out MONDAY and I’m incredibly fortunate to have already read it – you can pre-order...

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...

Girl Zone Book Club Meeting One 2015

Girl Zone Book Club Meeting One 2015 Tonight was our first meeting of the year for Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their...

Review of ‘Girl in Pieces’

Title: Girl in Pieces Author: Kathleen Glasgow Cover Design: Allison Colpoys Publisher: Harper Collins Themes: self-half, PTSD; suicide; depression; anxiety;mental health; addiction; alcoholism; drug addiction; therapy; recovery; family; friends; community. Age Range: Young Adult (upper young adult - 15...

Review of ‘One Would Think the Deep’

It seems that Claire Zorn can do no literary wrong - I just hope that the pressure doesn't freak her out entirely and give her writers block!  I've only just turned the final page on...

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...

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...

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....

612ABC Bookworms Show: The Qld Literary Awards 2015

612ABC Bookworms Show: The Qld Literary Awards 2015 Last night on 612ABC Brisbane I chatted with David Curnow on the 8pm 'Bookworms' show about the Qld Literary Awards (QLA) for 2015 - to listen to the...

LoveOzYA: Celebrating the Wonder of YA Literature in Australia

I’m spending the weekend in my kind of heaven – surrounded by some of the best of the best in children’s and young adult publishing at The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) conference....

Series for Readers Age 10 – Young Adult

Series for Readers Age 10 – YA There is nothing better than using the school holidays as a chance to become totally immersed in the world of a brilliant book series! I remember reading John...

Review of ‘Flora’s War’

Written by Pamela Rushby Publisher: Ford Street Publishing  Age Range: Lower Secondary (particularly girls 11+) Themes: archaeology, war, romance, history, female perspective of war. I’ve been ridiculously obsessed with historical fiction this year. There seems to be so many...

Review of ‘Shahana’

Written by Rosanne Hawke. Series editor Lyn White. Publisher: Allen and Unwin Age Range: Upper Pimary - Lower Secondary Themes: war, conflict, grief, family, hope, adversity, Rights of Children, culture, survival. The latest read for my Year Six/Seven bookclub...