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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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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Pie in the Sky’

By Megan Daley | Sep 10, 2019
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A sophisticated, funny and emotional illustrated middle-grade debut about immigrating to Australia, being upstaged by an annoying little brother, baking cakes and overcoming loss. Title: ‘Pie in the Sky’Author: Remy LaiPublisher: Walker…

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Review of ‘As Happy as Here’

By Megan Daley | Aug 19, 2019
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In my humble opinion, Jane Godwin is one of the heroes of the kidlit world in Australia. A former publisher (responsible for the wonderful ‘Our Australian Girls’ series no less), Jane has…

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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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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 ‘The Eco Rangers’ series by Candice Lemon-Scott

By Megan Daley | May 27, 2019
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Looking for some books to spark an interest in environmental issues and activism in young readers? The new ‘Eco Rangers’ series does just that, and I have suggestions for some other similar…

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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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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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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 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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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water’

By Megan Daley | Feb 18, 2019
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Title: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water’ 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…

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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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Holiday Reads for the Grown-Ups

By Megan Daley | Jul 20, 2018
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Over the recent school holidays I actually read some books aimed at my age group! I know. Surprised even myself. I mostly stick to YA and children’s books for recreational and work…

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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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