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!)....
A kid review of Akarnae by Lynette Noni | Children's Books Daily

Jazzy’s Bookshelf: Akarnae

Kid book blogger Jazzy is back, this time with a review of Akarnae, the first book in The Medoran Chronicles series by Lynette Noni. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog...
Book review: The Fall by Tristan Bancks

Review: ‘The Fall’ by Tristan Bancks

Megan describes herself as 'an avid fan' of Australian kids/YA author Tristan Bancks (you can read her Book People interview with him here). Given that her 'mind was blown' by Tristan's novel Two Wolves,...
Book review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour - for older teens

Review: ‘We Are Okay’ by Nina LaCour

Thoughtful, trustworthy book reviews are the backbone of Children's Books Daily and TMB is working hard to keep them coming for you! Today, Trisha Buckley from Trish Talks Text, who Megan describes as 'the...

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...

Jazzy’s Bookshelf: ‘The Flyaway Girls’

I feel so very honoured that Jazzy, of Jazzy’s Bookshelf, shares some of her reviews here on Children’s Books Daily. Reviews by young people, for young people, are the very best kind and Jazzy...

Book People: J.C. Burke

Click on title links or cover images to read more about each book and purchase.  #loveOzYA Like when I read Claire Zorn's 'One Would Think the Deep', 'The Things we Promise' took me back to my...

612ABC: Bookworms

They invited me back! He of the lovely voice, Mr David Curnow, emailed me recently to invite me back for another year of monthly chats about all things children's and YA books. I really...

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...

Review of ‘My Best Friend is a Goddess’

I love reviews by Trish. They read the way she speaks about books...with great insight, with passion and with sighs and eye rolls. I can just imagine her reading this book and trying to...

Tis the Season to Dance

I've talked here a few times now about how my girls don't do dance, but how we love going to the ballet and theatre. Well that was then. This is now. It appears I have...

612ABC: Bookworms

This evening I chatted all things new in the world of children's and YA literature, on 612ABC Brisbane, 'Bookworms' show, with Sarah Howells. The books below are my fav's from the last month and you can...

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...

Transgender Books for Younger Readers

Look,I sometimes feel that I use Trish Buckley's reviewing expertise purely for the 'tricky' books, the books I just don't know what to do with or what to say about, but love and believe...

Review of ‘The Tales of Jahani’

Series Title: The Tale of Jahani. Book One 'Daughter of the Nomads'; Book Two 'The Leopard Princess'. Author: Rosanne Hawke. Illustrator: D.M. Cornish Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper primary - lower secondary. Themes: identity; trust; courage; belonging; family; journeys;...

612ABC: ‘Bookworms’

This evening I will be chatting with Sarah Howells on the 612ABC show, Bookworms. Once a month on a Tuesday I am let loose on a radio microphone (me…live…seriously) and allowed to talk books.  Tonight...

Review of ‘Freedom’s Just Another Word’

The delightful and ridiculously well-read Trish Buckley is here again with us today, reviewing her latest YA book love. I've known Trish for the longest time now and I wish I could see her...

Book Club: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar People

There were two choices for our next Book Club read, 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' (to tie in with the movie release) and 'Freedom Swimmer'. I think the pull of the movie swayed...

Book People: Lance Balchin

So many, many books come across my desk that it takes something pretty special to wow me these days. 'Mechanica' has wowed me and more. It is innovative in a way I have not...

Book People: Randa Abdel-Fattah

I read Randa Abdel-Fattah's 'Does My Head Look Big in This' years ago and have been an avid fan of everything she has written since. We have also had her as a visiting author...