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Review of ‘Elsewhere Girls’

By Megan Daley | Aug 4, 2021
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Title: ‘Elsewhere Girls’Author: Emily Gale & Nova WeetmanPublisher: Text Publishing Age Range: from 10+, upper primary, lower secondary. Themes: friendship, family, courage, pressure, sport, elite sport, academics, timeslip, history, feminism, women, women…

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Review of ‘The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling’

By Megan Daley | Jun 1, 2021
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Title: ‘The Surprising Power Of A Good Dumpling’Author: Wai ChimPublisher: Allen & Unwin (2019)Awards: Shortlisted Best Young Adult Literature, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2020 AU; Shortlisted Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Happy (& other ridiculous aspirations)’

By Megan Daley | Apr 29, 2021
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Jazzy has been reviewing for me for several years now and I always love seeing her emails pop into my inbox as her reviews are thoughtful and insightful and it’s so nice…

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ChickPea Reviews: Fish Kid and the Turtle Torpedo

By Megan Daley | Apr 21, 2021
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Author and illustrator: Kylie HowarthPublisher: Walker BooksAge Range: Lower Primary, Middle PrimaryThemes: Ocean, climate change, Marine biology This week I am introducing ‘ChickPea Reviews’! Is it any surprise that the daughter of a teacher librarian is…

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Interview: Meet the author of ‘Earth Matters: Loving Our Planet’

By Megan Daley | Apr 1, 2021
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Title: Earth Matters: Loving our Planet.Author: Carole WilkinsonIllustrator: Hilary Cresp Publisher: Wild Dog Books Age Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary Themes: climate change, global warming, earth, sustainability, environmental activism, nature,…

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Review of School of Monsters Series

By Megan Daley | Mar 18, 2021
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Series Title: School of Monsters Author: Sally RippinIllustrator: Chris Kennett Publisher: Hardie Grant Age Range: beginner reader, early childhood. Themes: monsters, friendships, school, spooky, starting reading. Sally Rippin has been writing books…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Starworld’

By Megan Daley | Feb 4, 2021
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Another fab review from Jazzy! Jazzy is one of the most sophisticated young readers I know and I really value her insights on the latest book she’s been reading. Today she’s reviewing…

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Review of ‘Looking for Alibrandi’

By Megan Daley | Jan 21, 2021
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Title: Looking for AlibrandiAuthor: Melina MarchettaPublisher: Penguin Australia (published 1992)Age Range: Young adult, AdultsThemes: Feeling Like an Outsider, Pressure, Immigration, Family Ties, Community and Tradition, Cultural Differences and Racism, Self-discovery Sophie Fu…

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Review of Untwisted: the story of my life

By Megan Daley | Oct 22, 2020
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Title: Untwisted: the story of my lifeAuthor + Illustrator: Paul Jennings Publisher: Allen and Unwin Age Range: YA – Adult Themes: Themes: autobiography, memoir, non fiction, writing, children’s writer, teaching, speech pathology,…

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Review of ‘The Fire Star’

By Megan Daley | Oct 15, 2020
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Title: The Fire StarAuthor + Illustrator: A.L. Tait Publisher: Penguin Age Range: 10+, upper primary, middle grade. Themes: medieval history, mystery, knights, maids, friendship, belonging, education of girls and women, secret societies.…

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Review of ‘Bear in Space’

By Megan Daley | Aug 27, 2020
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Title: ‘Bear in Space’Author: Deborah AbelaIllustrator: Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Publisher: Walker Books AustraliaAge Range: early childhood, lower primary. Themes: friendship, difference, schools, kindergartens, imaginative play, space. I will always shout loudly and lovingly…

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Review of ‘Small Town’

By Megan Daley | Aug 9, 2020
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Title: ‘Small Town’Author: Phillip GywnneIllustrator: Tony Flowers Publisher: Penguin BooksAge Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary. Themes: rural life, country towns, community, home, refugees, grandparents, school, activism, initiative, inclusivity, visual literacy.…

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Review of ‘The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle’

By Megan Daley | Jul 16, 2020
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Title: ‘The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle’Author: Pamela Rushby Publisher: Walker BooksAge Range: 9+, middle primary, upper primary, lower secondary, middle grade. Themes: Victorian England, Egypt,  Egyptology, ancient civilisations, historical fiction, mystery,…

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Review of ‘When Rain Turns to Snow’

By Megan Daley | Jul 9, 2020
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Title: ‘When Rain Turns to Snow’Author: Jane GodwinPublisher: Lothian, an imprint of Hachette AustraliaAge Range: 12+, middle grade, upper primary, lower secondary.Themes: family, adoption, divorce, step parents, parents, siblings, family secrets, coming…

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Review of ‘The Year The Maps Changed’

By Megan Daley | May 28, 2020
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Title: ‘The Year The Maps Changed’ Author: Danielle BinksPublisher: Hachette Age Range: middle grade, upper primaryThemes: Australia, modern history, ‘Operation Safe Haven’, Kosovar refugees, asylum, immigration, empathy, kindness, grief, loss, maps, geopgraphy,…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem’

By Megan Daley | May 20, 2020
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Title: ‘Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem‘Author: Candice Lemon-ScottPublisher: New Frontier PublishingAge Range: lower primary, middle primaryThemes: environment, animals, animal conservation and care, nature, friendship, mystery. ‘Right now, the only thing we need to worry about is making these…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

By Megan Daley | Apr 30, 2020
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This bestselling novel by John Green was published in 2012 and has since been made into successful movie. There is something truly remarkable about the pull of ‘The Fault in our Stars’,…

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Review of ‘Atticus Van Tasticus: Book 2’

By Megan Daley | Mar 31, 2020
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Toby (9 years old) is a keen reader and budding young reviewer and I love feeding him books. I made ChickPea race through this second book in the Atticus Van Tasticus series…

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Review of ‘Ghost’

By Megan Daley | Mar 31, 2020
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Book Boy Jr has *almost* inspired me to read a book about running with this review…almost. Actually I am hooked on the idea of this book and think it would be perfect…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Small Spaces’

By | Jan 9, 2020
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‘Small Spaces’ has been in my pile of TBR books on my bedside table for some time now. I’ve heard so many great things about it and everytime I think ‘oh that…

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