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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The All New Must Have Orange 430’

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2019
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Title: ‘The All New Must Have Orange 430’ Author/Illustrator: Michael Speechley Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Awards: Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year at the 2019 CBCA Awards Age Range:…

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What to Read After Harry Potter and Percy Jackson

By Megan Daley | Jun 27, 2019
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It’s a question yelled into cyberspace regularly, and to be honest even as a teacher librarian I’ve struggled with this question. Where does a reader go when they feel like they’ve read…

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Best Book Gifts for Middle Grade Readers

By Megan Daley | Jun 25, 2019
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Life gets busy for our young people with homework and after school activities and around the tween years and reading for pleasure often declines, even in children who have previously loved reading.…

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Emily Rodda at her Finest: ‘His Name Was Walter’ & ‘The Shop at Hoopers Bend’

By Megan Daley | May 23, 2019
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Many, many Australians know and love Emily Rodda for her ‘Rowan of Rin’ and ‘Deltora Quest’ series, and like many schools, each year we usually study ‘Rowan of Rin’ in our primary…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Everless’

By Megan Daley | May 9, 2019
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Once again Jazzy of ‘Jazzy’s Bookshelf’ has beat me to reading and reviewing a book which has been sitting on my bedside table for quite some time. Anyways…for a YA novel it’s…

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Review of the ‘Polly and Buster’ Series

By Megan Daley | Apr 30, 2019
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This is ChickPea’s first official review on the blog and it’s appropriate that it be of ‘Polly and Buster’ as she’s deeply in love with this trilogy from bestselling author Sally Rippin.…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Feb 20, 2019
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This week on ‘Five on Friday’ I’m talking about a ‘group’ of books (I’m stretching the friendship on five this week) which are perfect for middle – upper primary and into lower…

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33 New #LoveOzYA Book Gifts for Teens

By Megan Daley | Nov 19, 2018
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Joe Visser, aka Book Boy, is one of my favourite young book bloggers, and is also the only teen member of the LoveOzYA committee, a group of volunteers who work together to…

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Review: ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’

By Megan Daley | Jul 4, 2018
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Title: ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’ Author: Kirli Saunders Illustrator: Matt Ottley Publisher: Scholastic Press Themes: freedom; boundaries; persistence; imagination; wonder; freedom; hope; machinery; tinkering; motors; cogs; motorbikes; third person narrative; visual literacy.…

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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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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Chronicles of Jack McCool: The Amulet of Athlone’

By Megan Daley | Sep 28, 2017
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It’s always great to receive a review from Jazzy. Terrific to see she’s using her holidays for reading. And this one does look like a fabulous holiday read. Jazzy has her own…

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Review of ‘The Book of Secrets’: Ateban Cipher #1

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2017
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Happy book birthday to Allison Tait and her new baby, ‘The Book of Secrets: Ateban Cipher #1‘! While I have read and loved ‘The Book of Secrets’ myself, I have asked Trish…

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Review of ‘Dragonfly Song’

By Megan Daley | May 31, 2017
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Book review: Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

In the lead-up to the announcement in August of the CBCA Book Of The Year Awards, Team Megan’s Blog plans to bring you reviews of as many shortlisted books as we can.…

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Review of ‘The Turnkey’

By Megan Daley | Apr 8, 2017
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Title: ‘The Turnkey’ Author: Allison Rushby Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: 9+ Themes: ghosts; paranormal; history; World War II; historical fiction. Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Flossie…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Mapmaker Chronicles: Beyond the Edge of the Map’

By Megan Daley | Mar 27, 2017
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Jazzy of Jazzy‘s Bookshelf is one of my favourite teen reviewers. Her latest review is below. Thank you Jazzy! Quinn heard an awe-inspiring sound from above and his blood seemed to freeze under his skin.…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’

By Megan Daley | Mar 12, 2017
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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,…

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Book People: Anna Fienberg

By Megan Daley | Mar 29, 2016
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If there is one book I consistently recommend as a read-aloud for Year Three – Six, it’s ‘Horrendo’s Curse’. It’s been over ten years now since I first read ‘Horrendo’s Curse’ but the story,…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The School for Good and Evil’

By Megan Daley | Mar 28, 2016
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Jazzy of Jazzy‘s Bookshelf is one of my favourite teen reviewers. Her latest review is below. Thank you Jazzy! Imagine you are at home, safe and sound with your cat, mother, book aaand… graveyard. Your mad…

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Book People: A.L. Tait

By Megan Daley | Nov 25, 2014
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I am always on the lookout for new series for middle-upper primary readers as if a series is great, young readers simply devour them – which is surely what we want! I…

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