YA Fiction for Boys: Part Four

Review of 'Reality Boy' (review by Trish Buckley) All week I have been spruiking about some of the best books I have read in 2013 featuring male narrators grappling with a number of issues. Today I...

YA Fiction for Boys: Part Three

YA Fiction for Boys: Part Three Review of 'You Don't Even Know' Trish Buckley continues with her series this week. Part One is here and Part Two is here. Today I want to highlight an Australian...

YA Fiction for Boys: Part Two

YA Fiction for Boys: Part Two Review of 'Man Made Boy' Trish Buckley continues with her series on YA fiction which features male narrators. Part One can be seen here. Hey again. Today in my continued series...

YA Fiction for Boys: Part One

YA Fiction for Boys: Part One Review of 'Living with Jackie Chan' My go to girl for YA is ALWAYS Trish Buckley. Her knowledge of YA fiction, both Australian and International is astonishing and she always...

Steampunk, Fantasy and Sci Fi: Explanations and Examples!

Steampunk, Fantasy and Sci Fi: Explanations and Examples! I was at a teacher librarian event a little while ago and we were discussing and debating some YA novels. Some of us (myself included!) were struggling...

Review of ‘The Disappearance of Ember Crow’

Review of 'The Disappearance of Ember Crow' Written by Ambelin Kwaymullina Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: Young Adult Review by Trish Buckley...see note at end. Click on titles or covers to purchase any titles. It's possible that teenagers today believe...

Review of ‘Amazing Babes’

Written by Eliza Sarlos and illustrated by Grace Lee Publisher: Scribe Publications Age Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary, secondary school, young adult, adult Themes:  women, inspiration, influential women, current affairs, history, gender, biographies. To add this book to...

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 ‘The First Third’

Review of ‘The First Third’ Written by Will Kostakis Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: young adult Themes: mateship, family, identity, culture, grief, loss, change, disability, homosexuality, school, year 12. I have some Greek family friends and I love...

Mother and Daughter Book Club Titles

My Mother & Daughter Bookclub has just finished reading ‘The Forgotten Pearl’ and tonight we’ve had a great discussion about this fabulous book  - if it were to be turned into a movie we...

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 ‘The Forgotten Pearl’

Review of ‘The Forgotten Pearl’ 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...

Review of ‘Fireshadow’

Review of 'Fireshadow' Written by Anthony Eaton Publisher: UQP Age Range: Young Adult - Adult Themes:  world war 2, family, loss, hope. Awards: Winner of the 2005 West Australian Premier's Literary Awards (Young Adult Fiction), Shortlisted in the 2006 South Australian Premier's...

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 ‘Wonder’

Review of 'Wonder' Written by R. J. Palacio Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper primary – Adult (parents/guardians/teachers please be aware of subject matter and decide on age appropriateness for your child) Themes:  difference, friendship, family, schools, resilience, acceptance,...

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...

Review of ‘Louis Beside Himself’

Review of ‘Louis Beside Himself’ 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 not: she runs, hops,...

Review of ‘When You Reach Me’

Review of 'When You Reach Me' Author: Rebecca Stead Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper Primary - Adult Awards: 2010 Newberry Medal Winner Boston Globe-Hornbook Award for Fiction 2009 Indies Choice Award ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book CCBC Choices Book Horn Book Magazine Book...