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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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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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Book Club Books Part 3

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2017
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If you’ve been reading along, you’ll know that Part One of this series is here and Part Two is here. This is my final instalment of fav books that have been read…

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Book Club Books Part 2

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2017
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Part One of this series is here. So why a ‘Girl Zone Book Club’ I hear you ask? Well the easy answer to that question is that I work at a girls…

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Book Club Books Part 1

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2017
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For many years now at school I’ve been running ‘Girl Zone Book Club’– a reading group for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older…

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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 ‘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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Book People: Anna Ciddor

By Megan Daley | Mar 14, 2016
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I’ve just finished reading ‘The Family with Two Front Doors’ by Anna Ciddor, a story which absolutely captivated me and took me back to my pre-teen years when I went through a stage…

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Australian Children’s Classics

By Megan Daley | Oct 7, 2014
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Publisher: Penguin Australia Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. So begins each of the re-released Australian children’s classics:…

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Australian Children’s Classics

By Megan Daley | Sep 9, 2013
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Australian Children’s Classics Publisher: Viking, an imprint of Penguin Australia Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. So begins…

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