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Review of ‘Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens’

By Megan Daley | Sep 15, 2022
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Title: ‘Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens’Author: Allison RushbyIllustrator: Bronte Rose MarandoPublisher: Walker Books AustraliaAge Range: lower primary (read aloud), middle primaryThemes: mystery, boarding school, historical fiction, paranormal. An enquiring mind…

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Review of ‘The Ghost Locket’

By Megan Daley | Apr 14, 2022
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Title: ‘The Ghost Locket’Author: Allison RushbyCover and internal design: Rovina Cai  Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: middle primary, upper primary, middle grade Themes: mystery, ghosts, haunted house, London The latest novel by…

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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 ‘Monuments’

By Megan Daley | Oct 1, 2019
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Title: ‘Monuments’ Author: Will Kostakis Publisher: Hachette Age Range: young adult Themes: fantasy, adventure, Greek mythology, contemporary fiction, sexuality, friendship, family, grief, coming of age Greek Australian, Indigenous, romance, diversity, humour. Teachers’…

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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 the…

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

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2017
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I have asked Trish Buckley to review this one – given Allison and I run the ‘Your Kid’s Next Read’ Facebook page together and I want the review to be totally unbiased!…

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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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3 Fabulous Relaxation and Meditation Stories for Children

By Megan Daley | Mar 27, 2013
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I’ve spoken before about the reasons I love audio stories: great for imagery; listening skills; and for calming overtired or over stimuluated children.You can find some audio story ideas here. Recently I’ve…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2013
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We have a good friend called Maya, whose family does a great job celebrating Chinese New Year and I’ve asked her to contribute some ideas to my ‘celebrating Chinese New Year’ list below.…

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Mermaid Anyone? All Hail the Power of Books

By Megan Daley | Jan 18, 2013
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For Christmas I had purchased PudStar a very cute mermaid tail from a local co-op handmade shop. She wasn’t even particularly into mermaids but I rather adored the tail and was pretty…

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