Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158798 RRP $12.99 Age 10+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book offers young people the chance to live dangerously through the lives of the young characters in the stories. They are ideal for reluctant readers as they are short but action packed.
Oscar Wilde Philip Waechter Bloomsbury ISBN 9781847494979 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a lovely publication which is beautifully illustrated by Philip Waechter, one of Germany’s best know illustrators. This book is a classic and the stories should be part of everyone’s childhood. It is simply full of the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde.
Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760154035 RRP: $9.99 Publication date: September, 2015 Reviewed by Debbie Berger 300 Minutes of Danger is a clever concept by Australian author Jack Heath. This book has 10 short stories; each estimated to take about 30 minutes of reading time; each full of suspense and action; and each uniquely different from the next. There is a countdown starting at 30 minutes and working backwards in the margin of every story, which aims to motivate the reader […]
Jim Haynes Allen and Unwin ISBN: 9781760113063 Publication date: August 2015 RRP: $22.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Looking for good dose of Aussie culture? Look no further than this excellent collection of Aussie yarns by Jim Haynes. Broken into sections such as Aussie Humour, Aussie Myths and Mysteries, Yarns From our Past and Racing Yarns there is something here for everyone. The introduction explains the history of yarn telling in Australia. For example, the expression ‘spinning a yarn’ comes from […]
Edited by Jon E Lewis Allen and Unwin ISBN: 9781472120182 Published: June, 2015 RRP: $19.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger The Mammoth Book of Everest is everything you ever wanted to know about the many first attempts to climb Mt Everest, also known the roof of the world. There is tragedy, triumph and many exhilarating tales from the world’s most famous mountain spanning from the early attempts to conquer her in 1913 up until the tragedy in April 2014 when an […]
Edited by Paul Collins Ford Street Publishing ISBN: 9781921665585 RRP$: $24.95 Age: 11+ Keywords: Australian, short stories Published: June, 2014 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Another fantastic anthology of Australian short stories. This is the 2nd in the series edited by Paul Collins. It covers a range of genres, slightly different from the 1st book, Trust Me, and is the same high quality of writing by many favourite and well known authors. This book also includes some graphics and poetry as well. […]
Edited by Paul Collins Ford Street Publishing ISBN: 9781876462574 RRP: $22.95 Age : 12+ Key Words: Short stories, Australian Published: May 2008 Reviewer: Debbie Berger This anthology, categorised by genre, provides a wide array of short stories by some of Australia’s best known authors. Whether you like horror, humour or poetry, there is something here for everyone. […]
by Mark Pardoe (Omnibus books) Scholastic ISBN 978-1-86291-863-4 RRP: $15.99 Age: 10+ Published: March 2012 Review by Rachel Mason Not Bog Standard is a compilation of short stories, each one involving something crazy or gruesome or downright weird!! Tales of strange creatures, freaky animals and mind-boggling gadgets – There is always something to make you squirm! Each story is told in the words of a young teen (a different one each time) , and is written in a way that […]