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 […]
Daniel Hashimoto and Mandy Richardville Valerio Fabbretti Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781476799896 RRP $19.99 or ebook $10.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 5 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Action movie kid was first introduced to us on YouTube. This is the first book and the transfer from one medium to another has been so successful I’m sure there will be more books to come. AMK has a life beyond the covers of a book and you can download an […]
Louis Nowra Allen and Unwin ISBN 9781743314821 Published: April 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Set in war time Afghanistan in Taliban territory, this book tells the story of Australian soldier, Corporal Mark Hollis and an army sniffer dog, Prince. They are involved in a bomb raid that goes wrong that sees Mark’s best friend, and Prince’s handler, killed in a suspenseful start to the story. The book then takes us on their journey to find safety, all the way […]
Gayle Forman Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471124396 Published: January 2015 RRP: $19.99 Reviewed by Monique From Gayle Forman, the author of If I Stay and Where She Went, comes her latest novel, I Was Here. I Was Here tells a beautiful heart-wrenching story of friendship, grief, love, mystery and letting go. When her long-time best friend, Meg, commits suicide while away at college, 18 year old Cody is left heartbroken and struggling to understand why such a thing could […]
Sally Morgan Craig Smith Scholastic ISBN 9781742990705 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Sally Morgan is a great Australian author. This book is another in her series of “chapter books” for young readers. In this book Larni, who is feeling that she isn’t as smart as some of her class mates, learns during a visit to Gran that she has skills she wasn’t even aware of.
Yvette Poshoglian Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781743627419 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart These books are perfect for new readers. They are “chapter books” with large font and simple and effective illustrations. They are hugely popular with girls between from about 5 – 7 years old. In this book Ella is going on one of her favourite television shows “Spelling Superstar” For readers not familiar with this series visit http://www.ellaandolivia.com.au
Marie Lu Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781743620045 RRP $12.99 Age 8-12 Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart I am using this site to remind you that book 7 is now out! In this book things come to a head and the world of Erdas will be changed forever. Read it and find out how. If you have not read any of the series then it is worth knowing that the books are part of the New York Times best selling series […]
Sean Ferrell Charles Santoso Koala Books ISBN 9781742761497 RRP $24.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book examines the significance of a favourite toy through the eyes of a child and his parents. It is funny but the humour is challenged by the art work which is quite powerful.
Marc Kushner Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471141768 Published: April 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewer: Debbie Berger ‘The future of architecture in 100 buildings’ is an interesting and inspiring journey through, you guessed it, 100 fascinating buildings from around the world. Can a building zig? Can you live in a rock? Can you live on a rock? Can a library be a lighthouse? Can architecture hug a tree? These are some of the intriguing questions that are answered in this beautifully […]
Melinda Salisbury Scholastic Aust ISBN: 978 1760151577 Age: 12+ Published: March 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewer: Nicola Cain Twylla is blessed. She can withstand the deadly poison, Morningsbane, being in her blood. She is destined to marry a prince. She is considered the Queen’s daughter. She is a descendant of the gods. She is Daunen Embodied. Twylla is cursed. She can kill with a single touch. Anyone that touches her skin is poisoned, unless you are a royal. Her role in […]
Tricia Oktober Tricia Oktober Ford Street Publishing ISBN 9781925000887 RRP $24.95 Age 4+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Do animals dream? Each blue moon cats come together in a fabulous dream that lasts until dawn. Join the cat on her dream journey, through a incredible garden and then identify the famous cats. You will love the sketches of the cats rolling in the catmint and the catnip growing wild. Children (4 years +) with cats will adore […]
Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743625804 RRP $16.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon “If only I could be different! I’m not perfect! I want to be something, someone different, anything but me!” Poor Thelma, rather than a beige pony, she wanted to be a pink unicorn. It’s all about packaging – she wanted bling to go with that. Pink and sparkly! Envy has no reason and will not listen to fair reason Her […]
Neridah McMullin Ainsley Walters One Day Hill ISBN 9780992439736 RRP $24.99 Age 6+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon The delight is that in the 1890s there was a tall Aboriginal boy, Johnny Mullagh. The disappointment is that there is no replay to watch him on the cricket pitch, with a bat, or on the field whether in Australia or in England. Not much is known about cricket in Australia in the 19th century which makes it all […]
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743628577 RRP $15.99 Age 3+ Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Neville Sandon Talking about indigenous Australian’s culture is long overdue. For those of us who learnt history as “facts” “dates”, “places” along with key “significant individuals”, left us with the society, culture and beliefs of Aboriginals as an enigma. There was little appreciation of how the original Australian’s culture and beliefs were communicated within families and community. Found in Aboriginal myths […]
Emer Stamp Scholastic ISBN 9781407136387 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication October 2014 Reviewer Neville Sandon On the theme of friends. I have giggled my way through this silly story The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig without reading the first book by Emer Stamp. Pig, who is the “author”, is such a naieve character. Mr and Mrs Sandal, who are vege-loving characters, are Pig’s new owners, and are out to make sure pig is looked after. I suspect […]
Sally Morgan & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Tania Erzinger Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990590 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication February 2015 Reviewer Mr Neville Sandon There is nothing so destructive as jealousy. Jealousy is the cancer of the soul. And the face of jealousy is usually teasing and bullying. Slowly and sadly friendship erodes. It all happens so quietly – it happens within the heart. Here the story of jealousy is found in a young friendship. Magpie, is one of the […]