Review of ‘The Secrets We Keep’

Author: Nova Weetman Publisher: UQP Age Range: Middle Grade; upper primary; lower secondary; 10 years+ Themes: grief; loss; school; family; friendships; lies; mental illness To purchase 'The Secrets We Keep', click on title links or cover image.  I picked this book...

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....

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...

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....

The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2016 Short List

I've not been at an announcement of The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) shortlist since I was national VP quite some years ago now. The excitement in the room is palpable and to be...

Girl Zone Book Club: Meeting Two 2016

This book club is 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 uncle will do. It...

Digital Citizenship for #socialgood

My truly beautiful friend, Trish Buckley, is currently doing her Masters, and one of her first tasks for uni was to write a blog post about digital citizenship. Trish and I love the digital...

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...

Book People: Will Kostakis

It is my very great pleasure and immense honour, to introduce you today to Will Kostakis. Will is without a doubt one of my favourite YA authors of the last few years and he...

Review of ‘The Boy at the Top of the Mountain’ by John Boyne

  Reviewed by Joy Lawn* To add any of these books to your home or school library, click on cover images or title links.  The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is one of those...

Review of ‘Thicker Than Water’

The lovely Trish Buckley is here today, reviewing the just released 'Thicker than Water' by Bridget Kemmerer. Thank you Trish! For more reviews by Trish see here, here and here. To purchase 'Thicker than Water' click...

Top Ten YA Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! These lists are my way of making myself really reflect on what I've read this year in the world of children's and YA literature. It's incredibly hard to narrow down my lists to just ten,...

Favourite Reads of 2015: Clare

I've asked some of my fav people and keen readers to share their favourite books of 2015. Like my fav people, these books are a jumble of ages, genres and lengths...I like my friends...

Favourite Reads of 2015: Trish

I've asked some of my fav people and keen readers to share their favourite books of 2015. Like my fav people, these books are a jumble of ages, genres and lengths...I like my friends...

Jazzy Reviews: Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master

It’s no secret that I love to feature child reviews on my blog, I have a whole tab of them here. Today we are joined again by 10 year old book blogger, Jazzy of 'Jazzy’s...

‘Rich and Rare’

Edited by Paul Collins. Publisher: Ford St Publishing Contributors: Deborah Abela, Catherine Bateson, Michael Gerard Bauer (interview here), Janeen Brian (interview here), Sue Bursztynski, Sherryl Clark, Paul Collins (interview here), Bill Condon, Meredith Costain, Gary Crew, Justin...

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...

What to Read Next?

The lovely Kate Fairlie* asked me on Facebook tonight about books for her nearly 12 year old twin daughters. It’s SUCH a tough age. I started replying on Facebook to her, but it got...

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...

Review of ‘Stray’

The lovely, lovely Trisha Buckley is one of my long-standing reviewers here on Children's Book Daily - particularly in the area of Young Adult literature.  Some of her other reviews can be seen here. Title: Stray Author: Rachael...