Eve Ainsworth Scholastic ISBN: 9781407146911 Published: February 2015 RRP: $15.95 Reviewed by Clare Horwood 7 Days is a compelling and disturbing story of bullying and abuse from two character’s perspectives: the bully and the victim. Spread over the course of seven days, the reader gets an incite into the lives of both characters: Kez (the bully) and Jess (the victim) who are equally unaware of each other’s personal struggles and problems. You will find it hard to put this one down […]
Lisa Genova Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471142901 $29.99 Published April 2015 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Inside the O’Briens is a powerful story about the Huntington’s Disease, a debilitating and fatal neurogenetic disease. Joe O’Brien is a 44 year old Boston cop who has seen it all on the force, including the Boston Marathon bombing. When he hurts his knee and innocently visits his doctor he receives the devastating diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease. Joe now has the heartbreaking job of […]
Holly Goldberg Sloan Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760152888 Published: April 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Emily comes from a loving family. Sam and his younger brother Riddle definitely do not. Destiny has them meet each other but eventually a series of terrible events tear them apart. Will destiny bring them back together? Emily Bell is singing in her local church choir when by a twist of fate she crosses paths with Sam. Sam lives with his younger brother and […]
Ally Carter Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781743628942 RRP: $19.99 Publication Date: February 2015 Reviewed by Brianna All Fall Down is the first book in the New Embassy Row Series by a bestselling New-York Times author, Ally Carter. It has a cleverly developed plot about Grace Blakely, a 16 year old girl whose mother was brutally murdered. Grace also happens to be the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world in a fictional country called Adria. Grace goes […]
Tracy Alexander Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760152895 RRP: $16.99 Published: April 2015 Reviewed by Wil Hack is a modern day thriller about Dan Langley, an innocent teenager who finds out how powerful the internet is and that not everyone on the internet is who they say they are. Dan is a typical 16 year old teenage geek who loves computers and has an interest in hacking. He starts by innocently dabbling in hacking but soon finds himself in deep trouble. Things […]
Pauline Deeves National Library of Australia ISBN: 9780642278500 RRP: $14.99 Published April 2014 Reviewed by Eva Midnight Burial takes place in Australia in the 1860s. The story centres on Florence Williamson, a 10 year mischievous girl who always seems to be up to no good. Florence becomes curious about the mysterious death and burial of her older sister, Lizzie. Florence was told Lizzie died from a fever – but she isn’t convinced this is the real story. Midnight Burial is […]
Karen Wood Astred Hicks Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781743319055 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a winning combination; triplets (who could practically read each others minds), a hidden past, family secrets, gypsy horses and an opportunity for the girls to win a big talent show and make their dreams come true. Read it and see. There are more in the series to come.
N J Gemmell N J Gemmell Random House ISBN 9780857987334 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book centres around the trials and tribulations of Coco Banjo and her best friend N (Narianna Nicketson) who are students at Banksia Bay Public School. In this first book, in a series to follow, we are introduced to the key characters and some of the staff and students at the school….many of whom we can sort of […]
Jess Black Celeste Hulme New Frontier for Scholastic ISBN 9780957988415 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart From the author of the popular Bindi Wildlife Adventure Series comes this new book which focuses on some similar themes of animal welfare and the environment. However this book has myth and fantasy interwoven in the story. The central character, Eve shows courage and humour during her adventures which start with a large metal chest in her Gran’s attic. […]
Sally Morgan Beth Norling Omnibus Books for Scholastic ISBN 9781742991030 RRP $12.99 Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book deals with the subject of cyclones. The importance of preparing for one if you live in Northern Australia and how a community supports each other in times of crisis. Of course the hero of the book again is Gran. Everyone loves their Gran and who, after reading My Place, doesn’t think Sally Morgan is a great Australian author?
Knife & Packer Knife & Packer Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743627259 RRP $12.99 Age 6+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book hardly needs a review because there are many children already fans of the crazy characters in the craziest races on earth. The last book featured a race in space and this time the race is a deep sea dash. The publication is the same with bright coloured pictures and illustrations but there is plenty of text […]
Various David Loftus Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781472904119 RRP A$45.00 Age 15+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Just another cook book? No! This is a beautiful book which could live on the coffee table or in the kitchen. There are interesting people (not just celebrity chefs) to read about, fabulous recipes to try and gorgeous food to look at. How flattered the chefs must have been to be invited to be part of this publication. Only 30 […]
Susannah McFarlane Dyani Stagg Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921931994 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another in the EJ spy school series. These books encourage girls to read so that’s enough for me to promote the latest in the series.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743629314 RRP $14.99 Age 6+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Weir Do is back. The humour is up to the usual high standard and themes range from dogs, supermarket shelving to his father nicknamed “Noseman” because of his acute sense of smell!
Rachel Renee Russell Erin Russell Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781471117718 RRP $16.99 Ages 7 – 11 Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s here! The latest book in the Dork Diary series is about to hit the library shelf but only briefly because there will be a queue of girls waiting to get their hands on it. The author Rachel Renee Russell is the 8th highest selling children’s author in Australia. In this latest book the diary […]
Juliet Marillier Pan Macmillan Australia ISBN: 9781743517024 Published: October, 2014 RRP: $29.99 Reviewed by Keeley Dreamer’s Pool, a fantasy novel that feels like a medieval fairy-tale, set in Ancient Ireland, follows the tale of Blackthorn, an embittered healer, who in exchange for freedom from being wrongly imprisoned, must assist anyone who asks for her aid. Oran, the crown prince of Dalriada, as he reluctantly waits for his future bride Lady Flidais, the daughter of the chief of a neighbouring kingdom. […]
L Pichon L Pichon Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153663 RRP $16.99 Age 9 – 12 Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the 8th book in the series. The books have been so popular in our school library that practically every student knows exactly where to find them on the shelves. This book continues to follow the anything but mundane life of Tom Gates.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153038 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart A new book in the Ella diary series is out and this one is all about pets. The books are great for early readers and writers and they have some dedicated followers in our school library. There will be a queue for this latest book.
Darrel and Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743623015 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The third book in the pup patrol series is out. Again it features the Border Collie called Stamp. In this story Stamp, Ace and James Barnaby are in Far North Queensland when cyclone Julia hits. The story gives a very good account of what it is like to experience a cyclone. It also includes “Stamp’s Glossary” at the […]
Karen Thompson Walker Simon and Schuster UK ISBN: 9781471124853 RRP: $15.99 Reviewed by Sophie The Age of Miracles is a fabulous read that explores people’s behaviour in impending doom. The novel is set in California and is narrated by 11-year-old Julia. Just weeks before Julia’s birthday it is discovered that the world is undergoing an unexplained phenomenon which the scientists call ‘slowing’. The hours of a day begin to increase steadily and life on Earth begins to alter. Some people […]
Jeff Norton Faber and Faber ISBN 9780571308095 RRP 13.99 Age 9+ Date of publication September 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is suitable for students with a reading age of 9+. It is funny and well written. The author believes that humour is a great way to encourage children to read. Added to which the central character is a pre-teen worry wart … and a zombie! Surely a recipe for a good read.
Brandon Mull Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471121883 Published: July 2014 RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by: Nicola Cole Randolph and his friends were out trick or treating on Halloween. That is, in the realm of Earth. But when they get yanked into to the realm of the Five Kingdoms of the Outskirts, they are turned inside-out, upside down and thrown into a wagon. Cole and his friends are branded as slaves and are on their way. Cole is separated from his […]
Tommy Wallach Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN 9781481418775 Published: April 2015 RRP: $17.99 Reviewed by Sophie We All Looked Up is a great book that teenagers will easily be able to relate to. The novel takes you on a journey with Eliza, Andy, Peter and Anita. These four very different teens have their own stories and lives, with not much to do with each other. However, in the face of Ardor, the meteor that is speeding towards Earth, these four […]
Aaron Blabey Penguin/Viking ISBN 9780670076000 RRP $24.99 Ages 3+ Date of publication February 2014 Guest reviewer Mr Neville Sandon. After ALIA announced that The Brothers Quibble had been chosen as the book for the 2015 NSS (http://www.alia.org.au/nss) it provoked some discussion about its suitability. I asked a parent for a review. No doubt you have heard the expression “It serves no practical use!” In this instance (the Brothers Quibble) the expression would apply. Following the arrival of his baby brother, young […]