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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Lenny’s Book of Everything’

By Megan Daley | Aug 12, 2019
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‘Sometimes rain made me want to cry, like there was something deep inside of me – the sadness flower that opened up when rainy days came, and blossomed inside of me until…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’

By Megan Daley | Aug 5, 2019
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‘Everything I’ve Never Said’ is a bold book with a powerful voice that will connect with readers from 9+ and many adults.   Title: ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’ Author: Samantha Wheeler Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Last Time We Say Goodbye’

By Megan Daley | Jul 31, 2019
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Jazzy is one of the most sophisticated young readers I know and she always stretches herself to read outside of her comfort zone. Her latest book has been, in her own words,…

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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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Review of ‘Detention’

By Megan Daley | Jun 20, 2019
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A daring escape. A school lockdown. A thrillingchase. What would you risk to save a life? Title: ‘Detention’Author: Tristan BancksPublisher: Penguin Random HouseAge Range: middle gradeThemes: refugees, immigration, asylum seekers, displaced persons,…

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Review of ‘Baby Business’

By Megan Daley | Jun 17, 2019
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‘Baby Business’ tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing — it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. Click…

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Review of ‘Juno Jones Word Ninja’

By Megan Daley | Jun 13, 2019
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A quirky comedy about one young reader/writer who doesn’t actually like reading at all! The start of a great new series for early readers from 6-10 years.  Title: ‘Juno Jones Word Ninja’…

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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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Review of ‘A Quiet Girl’

By Megan Daley | Apr 25, 2019
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For the quiet ones and for the noisy ones (to teach us how to listen)…‘A Quiet Girl’ by Peter Carnavas will gently (and quietly) settle in your soul. Title: ‘A Quiet Girl’…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Grandma’s Treasured Shoes’

By Megan Daley | Apr 22, 2019
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At talks to parents and educators, I always say that books allow young people to walk in the shoes of others. Never was this saying more relevant than with the latest book…

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Holiday Reads for Grown Ups!

By Megan Daley | Apr 11, 2019
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Twice a year I try to post a list of the adult books I am reading and enjoying. To be perfectly honest I do not read a huge number of adult books,…

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Easter Books + Gifts

By Megan Daley | Apr 7, 2019
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I asked on Facebook earlier this week if it was just me that gifted books, new PJ’s and eggs for Easter. I’ve always done it, my family gifted me the same and…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘ Girl on Wire’

By Megan Daley | Apr 3, 2019
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Title: ‘Girl on Wire’ Author:  Lucy Estela Illustrator: Elise Hurst Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Age Range: 5+ (ageless) Themes: courage, resilience, emotional wellbeing, support, self-esteem Awards: CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019:…

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The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist

By Megan Daley | Mar 28, 2019
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The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist was announced this week and of course it has ruffled some feathers and made some book creators weep with joy…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’

By Megan Daley | Mar 25, 2019
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A super sparkly story of one independently minded little girl, and the unexpected, precious ways life sometimes works. Title: ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’ Author:  Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Publisher: Penguin…

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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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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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Best Book Gifts for Newly-Independent Readers

By Megan Daley | Nov 29, 2018
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This list of must-have books is for little readers who are just starting their independent reading journey and can read a text with minimal assistance. Age range varies here as reading progression…

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