Grief

Review of ‘Catch a Falling Star’

By Megan Daley | Feb 25, 2019
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Multiple-award-winning author Meg McKinlay’s latest middle grade novel places the reader at that tricky intersection where logic and science meet magic and hope, a place where many of us find ourselves when…

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Stories in All Forms: Stories in Silver

By Megan Daley | Feb 21, 2019
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I love a local online jewellery store by the name of Oh My Giddy Aunt – this is…

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Book People: Lorraine Marwood

By Megan Daley | Oct 8, 2018
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Lorraine Marwood is well known to many as an award winning poet and writer. Her novel ‘Star Jumps’ won the 2010 Prime Ministers Award for Children’s Fiction and is a poignant verse…

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Review of ‘The Bogan Mondrian’

By Megan Daley | Sep 30, 2018
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Title: ‘The Bogan Mondrian’ Author: Steven Herrick Publisher: UQP. Teachers’ Notes are here. Themes: grief, fathers, domestic violence, gambling, family, friendship, hope, trust, prejudice. I often wonder if it’s overwhelming to be a celebrated…

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Grief, Widowhood and Books

By Megan Daley | Jun 11, 2018
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Unsurprisingly, I’ve collected a large number of books on grief over the years. My brother died six years ago and my favourite Aunt died two weeks before Dan died. Sadly, I’m a…

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On ‘Monsters’ by Anna Fienberg

By Megan Daley | Jun 4, 2018
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I have long loved the writing of Anna Fienberg. It’s hard to not fall head first into the Tashi series, and ‘Horrendo’s Curse’ (and its companion book ‘Wicked’s Way’) will also always…

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On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

By Megan Daley | Jun 1, 2018
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This is Part Two of the story behind the story of ‘Monsters’. Part One is here. In Part Two, my very dear friend and talented illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, shares with us how…

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Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

By Megan Daley | May 3, 2018
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I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time, having read it in manuscript form some time ago and having followed Rachel Noble’s own journey with grief since…

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Book People: Sue Whiting

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2018
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What do you hope for when there is no hope? In search of this answer, award-winning Australian author Sue Whiting delivers a confronting mystery for younger readers. Mackenzie da Luca’s mother is…

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Six Months of Grief

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2017
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Long post alert…and it’s not about books so click back one for books if that is more your thing. It sure is more mine than #grieftown. This week marks six months since…

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Every Writer Needs an Office

By Megan Daley | Oct 2, 2017
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So. I’m writing a book. Allegedly. Dear glory I hope Kristina from UQP is not reading this…but I promise it will one day sit alongside those lovely UQP spines above! It’s been…

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Review: Because of You

By Megan Daley | Aug 29, 2017
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Title: Because of You Author: Pip Harry Publisher: UQP Age Range: 15+ Themes: homelessness, belonging, hope, stereotypes, identity, friendship, addiction, alcoholism, community service, homosexuality, teen pregnancy. ‘Books can save anyone. If they’re…

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Book People: J.C. Burke

By Megan Daley | Feb 22, 2017
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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…

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Book People: Vale Narelle Oliver

By Megan Daley | Oct 5, 2016
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Beautiful Narelle… You will be so missed by your family, so missed. I know only too well the grief cycle and you, my mum and I have discussed grief at length on…

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Review of ‘The Secrets We Keep’

By Megan Daley | Aug 12, 2016
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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…

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Review of ‘One Would Think the Deep’

By Megan Daley | May 29, 2016
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Claire Zorn can do no literary wrong. ‘One Would Think the Deep’ is deeply affecting and is one my absolute must-read YA novels. I’ve already passed it on to my twenty-something year…

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Essential Reads: Big Hug Books

By Megan Daley | May 10, 2016
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It’s not often that I blog about a series time and time and time again, but then it’s not often that I come across a series that I feel so passionately about.…

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Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Life with Literature

By Megan Daley | Oct 13, 2015
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues for young people such as grief,…

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Must-Have Children’s Books on Grief, Empathy and Feelings

By Megan Daley | May 12, 2015
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Must-Have Children’s Books on Grief, Empathy and Feelings Talking with David Curnow on 612ABC Brisbane about books which explore feelings and in particular those which support young people who have experienced grief. Listen to…

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Back to School Series: Books which Deal with ‘The Big Issues’

By Megan Daley | Jan 11, 2015
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues for young people such as grief,…

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