Fiction

Review of ‘Tomorrow Girl’

By Megan Daley | Feb 25, 2021
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Title: Tomorrow Girl Author: Vikki ConleyIllustrator: Penelope PratleyPublisher: EK BooksAge Range: early childhood, lower primary. Themes: mindfulness, anxiety, friendship, connection, curiosity, imagination, natural world.Teachers’ Notes: from the EK Books website here. Mindfulness…

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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 ‘Claudette’

By Megan Daley | Jan 26, 2021
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Title: ClaudetteAuthor + Illustrator: Hélène MagissonPublisher: Red Paper Kite Age Range: 5+, early childhood, lower primary, middle – upper primary as art study. Themes: puppets, puppeteers, makers, creativity, difference, freedom of thought,…

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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 ‘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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Review of ‘Bubbay’s Desert Adventure’

By Megan Daley | May 12, 2020
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Bubbay will be known to many families already, indeed I discovered it is a favourite in the house of my lovely neighbour Sam! She spied this re-release on my kitchen bench recently…

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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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Review of ‘The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants’

By Lana Hallowes | Mar 25, 2020
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My neighbour Sam was the only person who could possibly review a book about ants for me (see her bio at end of post). ‘The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants’ is currently one…

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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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Review + Teachers’ Notes – ‘Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street’

By Megan Daley | Dec 12, 2019
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Title: ‘Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street’Author:  Felicita SalaPublisher: Scribble Age Range: early childhood/lower primary/middle primary/upper primary/ middle grade/ young adultThemes: cooking, food, international cookery and food, multicultural, neighbourhood This is one of my ‘must-have’ books of 2019…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘It Sounded Better in my Head’

By | Nov 5, 2019
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Jazzy today reviews a novel that I devoured and adored, ‘It Sounded Better in my Head’ by Nina Kenwood. This is a beautifully gentle coming-of-age story about friendships, self-image and first love…

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Review of ‘The Secrets of Magnolia Moon’

By | Nov 2, 2019
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It was hope that made grass grow and waves rise and babies stand. And when the grass got trampled, the waves crashed down and babies toppled over, it was hope that made…

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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: ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’

By Megan Daley | Sep 30, 2019
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Title: ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’ Author: Nat Amoore Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: middle primary, upper primary Themes: humour, school, friends, family, adventure, entrepreneurship. Finding a million dollars in your…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest’

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2019
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Title: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest’  Author:  Trent Maxwell and David Lawrence Illustrator: Peter Baldwin Publisher: Affirm Press  Themes: surf lifesaving; lifeguards; rescue; family; friendship; goal setting; community engagement; teamwork; caring for the environment; protest.…

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Girl Zone Book Club

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2019
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Term Three is such a busy term with sports and other school activities (including Book Week!) and it’s often the time of year when many book club attendees are unable to make…

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