Youth Review

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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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Dry’

By Megan Daley | Mar 31, 2019
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There are some young adult (YA) novels that seem to take the world by storm, and ‘Dry’ is one of them  and it is currently being adapted for film. Neil Shusterman is…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Beauty is in the Walking’

By Megan Daley | Jan 15, 2019
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Jazzy of Jazzy’s Bookshelf is today reviewing a book by one of my favourite Australian authors, James Moloney. James was Dan’s teacher librarian for a time and always loved his writing. I was…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Anger of Angels’

By Megan Daley | Oct 25, 2018
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I am always super pleased when I open an email from Jazzy of teen book blog, Jazzy’s Bookshelf to find a new review. Her reviews are insightful and she absolutely understands what…

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Jazzy Reviews: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

By Megan Daley | Jul 16, 2018
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I was so hoping that Jazzy might review, ‘Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow’! I absolutely LOVED it but wanted the opinion of an actual teen reader – enter Jazzy of Jazzy’s Bookshelf.…

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Young Reader and Reviews

By Megan Daley | Jun 14, 2018
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A ten year-old family friend of ours is an avid reader and churns through books in paper form and on her Kindle at a great rate. Her mother told me recently that…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Wonder of Us’

By Megan Daley | May 3, 2018
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‘The Wonder of Us’  by Kim Culbertson appeals to me as I love and adore realistic fiction and YA is my happy place. I’ve got this one to read on my girls…

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Review of ‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’

By Megan Daley | Mar 19, 2018
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The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same . . .  The very best school based stories resonate with children and teachers…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Missing’ by Sue Whiting

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2018
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I’m buckling under the weight of a million questions. Did she walk along here? Did the people in the shops and on the street see her? Speak to her on her last…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘How to Hang a Witch’

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2018
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Jazzy of Jazzy‘s Bookshelf is one of my favourite teen reviewers. Her latest review is below. Thank you Jazzy!   People recoil from me as I navigate the hallway. Not the freshmen so much –…

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Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Kira Dreaming’

By Megan Daley | Jan 14, 2018
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After such lovely feedback on her review of ‘The Shop at Hoopers Bend’, Pud is braving the wilds of online reviewing once again and is today sharing the third book in her…

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Review of ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio

By Megan Daley | Jan 14, 2018
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Jazzy from Jazzy’s Bookshelf has been a long time reviewer for me and I always smile when I see one of her emails and reviews pop up my inbox. At twelve years…

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Review of ‘The Shop at Hoopers Bend’

By Megan Daley | Nov 28, 2017
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My children mostly think my blog is ridiculous and of no use to them whatsover. But recently, PudStar offered me a deal I couldn’t refuse…a review of her latest favourite book in…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Chronicles of Jack McCool: The Amulet of Athlone’

By Megan Daley | Sep 28, 2017
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It’s always great to receive a review from Jazzy. Terrific to see she’s using her holidays for reading. And this one does look like a fabulous holiday read. Jazzy has her own…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Raymie Nightingale’

By Megan Daley | Aug 9, 2017
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Tween book blogger Jazzy is back, this time with a review of ‘Raymie Nightingale’ by Kate DiCamillo. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog homepage here and ‘like’ her…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Akarnae’

By Megan Daley | Jul 19, 2017
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A kid review of Akarnae by Lynette Noni | Children's Books Daily

Kid book blogger Jazzy is back, this time with a review of ‘Akarnae’, the first book in The Medoran Chronicles series by Lynette Noni. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see…

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Jazzy’s Reviews: ‘Hetty Feather’

By Megan Daley | May 24, 2017
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Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson reviewed by a kid book blogger

The lovely Jazzy is back this week with a brand-new review for your reading pleasure! Megan loves sharing her blog with young reviewers, and Jazzy is one of her favourites. This week,…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Mapmaker Chronicles: Beyond the Edge of the Map’

By Megan Daley | Mar 27, 2017
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Jazzy of Jazzy‘s Bookshelf is one of my favourite teen reviewers. Her latest review is below. Thank you Jazzy! Quinn heard an awe-inspiring sound from above and his blood seemed to freeze under his skin.…

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Nine Year Old and a Book Update

By Megan Daley | Mar 20, 2017
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Today is Pud’s ninth birthday* and we celebrated with family yesterday as today is a school day – although, excitement of all excitements…cross country was cancelled today due to rain…a welcome birthday…

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