Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw Murdoch Books ISBN 9781760523855 RRP $24.99 Age 12+ Date of publication December 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart With the long Summer holiday stretching ahead young people have time to reflect and this book is a good place to start. It gives ideas about how to be social, how to cope with bullies and body changes and relationships … in fact it covers a lot of areas. The two authors are good role models and they […]
Michael Gerard Bauer Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742997582 RRP $18.99 Age 12+ Date of publication September 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book is full of hope and some funny puns too. The action takes during one day which is an open day for prospective students at the University of Queensland. Although the location is Brisbane the themes are universal. Some of the themes addressed are coming to terms with the past, families, loss, bullying and standing up for what you believe […]
Hayley Barker Scholastic UK ISBN 9781407179674 RRP $16.99 Date of publication October 2017 Age Young Adult Reviewer Megan Stuart The opening chapters paint a depressing picture (set sometime in the future) of life in a circus where the performers have been sold into the life by their impoverished parents. These children are overworked, underfed and suffer at the hands of the ringmaster. However the heroine Hoshiko emerges as brave, compassionate and talented. Enter Ben, whose mother (a high ranking government […]
Stewart Foster Simon & Schuster ISBN 9781471145421 RRP $16.99 Age 9+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless The story is told by two high school boys and gives a brilliant insight into their minds. One suffering from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and is being bullied. The other is the bully. How brave and honest is Alex? How thoughtless and angry is Dan? This is an encouraging story for young readers.
Demet Divaroren Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760292096 RRP $19.99 Age 14-18 Young adult fiction. Date of publication June 2017 Reviewer Barbara Hoodless Any young teenager reading this book will find it confronting, as the issues of domestic violence, bullying, refugees and multiculturalism are addressed. In the case of domestic violence, quite explicitly. However there are equally as many positive outcomes to be gained from reading this book. Those of love and friendship, care and respect for others and even humour are […]
Leonard Cronin Marion Westmacott Allen & Unwin ISBN 978176029414 RRP $29.99 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart There are many layers to this book in both the presentation and information supplied. The book shows the regions on a map where species of particular animals are found in Australia and then a detailed picture of each habitat. It’s really beautifully done. The book also reminds us of how many dangerous animals live in Australia and in my experience there are a lot of […]
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Olivier Latyk Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781782403982 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are lots of wonderful books being published and this is definitely one of them. Ancient Rome in 30 Seconds will appeal to people who like to read non-fiction, people who want a quick reminder of facts or anyone interested in the Ancient Roman Empire. It’s well set out with great illustrations and it’s clever.
James Dashner Chicken House ISBN: 9781910655160 RRP: $18.99 Published: 1st October, 2016 Reviewed by Debbie Berger The Fever Code is the prequel to the best seller Mazer Runner series. If you want to know about the missing pieces of this trilogy such how the maze was built, the back stories of Thomas, Teresa and the other gladers then this book is for you. To quote Barry Cunningham, from Chicken House, “… there are thrills, shocks and nail-biting twists.” Fans will be […]
Peadar O’Guilin David Fickling Books ISBN 9781910989203 RRP $19.99 Age (Children’s/Teenage) Genre Fantasy and magical realism Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart So often we look for books which will appeal to reluctant readers and forget the very large population of committed readers who enjoy a wide variety of books. Into the mix comes “The call”. This is not for the faint-hearted but it is well written, moves along quickly and is easy to get caught up in. […]