D Luckett Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990392 RRP $15.99 Age 8+ Historical fiction Date of publication August 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book was given high praise by a Year 6 girl who is not a particularly committed reader. That is enough for me to recommend it. It is one of a new series of books loosely based on fact and looking at the lives of young people moving to Australia. This one is set in the early 1900’s.
Kate Forsyth Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743624104 RRP $14.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart After a topsy turvy ride we come to the final (and 5th) book in the series The Impossible Quest. These novels have given readers the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of 4 resourceful and brave young people in a Medieval setting. All thanks to Kate Forsyth.
Brandon Robshaw Chicken House ISBN: 9781908435897 RRP: $15.99 Published: July, 2015 Reviewed by Megan Stuart What would you do if you were given a million wishes? Well in “The Big Wish” by Brandon Robshaw we follow the fortunes and misfortunes of eleven year old Sam as he finds that a million wishes don’t always lead to an easy life. The old saying “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind as you read this fun tale. An easy to […]
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990620 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The introduction of Britta the heroine in this new Emily Rodda story is done with a deft hand and the portrait of a very interesting character is painted. We want to follow Britta’s adventures. Emily Rodda is an experienced and gifted author which is why children invariably go on to read more of her work. There will be fans waiting for the […]
Michael Gerard Bauer Joe Bauer Scholastic ISBN 9781742990675 RRP $12.99 Age 8+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Well known and highly respected Australian author Michael Gerard Bauer and his son Joe Bauer have released another book in the Eric Vale series. The target audience is for readers from 8+ years. This is another book in the visual literacy/comic book genre which is currently very popular.
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 […]
Susannah McFarlane ISBN 9781925206029 RRP $12.99 Age 8+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The EJ12 series is very popular in our school library and it’s easy to see why. This is the 19th book in the series which is about a girl hero (a special agent EJ12) who has adventures and solves mysteries. We, the readers, are taken along with her into all sorts of places from the world of music and musicians to safaris and beaches. […]
Kate Forsyth Scholastic ISBN 9781743624074 RRP $14.99 Age 9 – 12 Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Kate Forsyth has deservedly had a lot of publicity for this series and they have been well marketed. For readers caught up in the series there is a lot to support them. See http://www.theimpossiblequest.com/ (for quizzes and information) or follow Kate at http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/ Kate Forsyth is an internationally best selling authorand her books are certainly well written. This series allows readers to enter […]
David Warner Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030785 Published: 1st December, 2014 Age: 8 – 11 years RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Davey and his friends are placed on detention, again, by their cricket-hating teacher. This is a disaster for them as they are in desperate need to practice for their upcoming cricket game against their local rivals, Shimmer Bay. The boys need to come up with a solution to enable them to practice whilst still completing their detention. […]
Randa Abdel-Fattah Scholastic Australia ISBN : 9781742990118 RRP $14.99 Age 9 – 11 years Date of publication January 2014 Three best friends have discovered a mysterious book which has profound messages that appear on its pages to help guide the girls through some of the challenges they face during grade six at school and home. This is a lovely story about young girls learning to understand themselves and others using sound moral advice with relatively easy concepts to guide girls […]
Tony Ross Koala Book Company ISBN 9781742761404 RRP $29.99 Age 9+ Published October 2014 This book consists of 213 pages of 24 classic stories to share. Then there is a further 15 pages about the stories and their authors. The stories include lots of old favourites from Oscar Wilde’s Selfish Giant, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and the nativity from The King James Bible. There are also extracts from Little Women and The Wind in the Willows. How good […]
Katherine Forsyth Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781743624067 RRP: $7.99 Age: 8+ Key words: Adventure, Fantasy Date of publication: September, 2014 Reviewer: Lia Russell This is a story about four friends with quite different backgrounds. Although they possess different talents they are all brave, resilient and resourceful. The first paragraph tells us that “The wolves smell danger in the wind” and danger there is indeed for Tom, Elanor, Sebastian and Quinn. Lose yourself in this fast paced adventure and when you have […]
Rachel Renee Russell Rachel Renee Russell Publisher Simon and Schuster ISBN: 9781471117688 RRP: $16.99 Age 8 – 14 years Date of Publication: 2014 Reviewer: Maree Hendrickx TV Star is the seventh novel in the Dork Diaries series, although it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read any others beforehand, as the story stands alone and explains any prior relationships clearly. It is written in the form of diary entries from the point of view of a young teenage girl (Nikki). In this […]
Stephan Pastis Walker Books ISBN: 9781406339819 RRP: $26.99 Age: 8+ Key Words: Detective Story, Humour Published: 28th Feb 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Timmy Failure is a private detective, with a polar bear called Total who is his business partner, this of course does not make for a very good business name ‘Total Failure’. Timmy has several cases on the go at once; missing candy, who TP’d someones house and what happened to the Failuremobile? There is also of course his greatest rival […]
How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers Kirsty Murray National Library Publications RRP: $29.95 (Hard cover with dust jacket) Publication Date: 1 October 2012 ISBN: 9780642277497 Age: 8+ Reviewer: Cassandra Griffin Every single aspect was back to front in Australia for early European explorers. The weather was hot when it was meant to be cold. Animals were like nothing they had ever laid eyes on before! Whereas the Europeans were the strangest thing the Aboriginals had ever seen. “Extraordinary, intriguing, eccentric, peculiar, curious and […]
Categories: Children's Books, Children's Non Fiction, Historical, Picture Books • Tags: 8+ years, Australia, Australian animals, Explorers, history, Kirsty Murray, National Library of Australia, Non-Fiction, Reviewer - Cassandra Griffin
Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver. Scholastic UK. ISBN: 9781407132280 RRP: $9.99 Release date: August 2012. Age: 8+ years. Reviewer: Vicki Griffin. BA-UNE With Henry Winkler as one of the authors I am impressed, he is best known for his role in the TV Series ‘Happy Days’ as the ‘Fonz.’ His passion for children along with Lin Oliver certainly shows within the pages of this book. Billy Broccoli (such a cool name) – the main character – never thought he would […]
Subscribe to Monthly Updates Now! One simple email with all the latest reviews, easy. Colin Thompson Random House Australia ISBN: 978174275104 RRP: $19.95 Publication Date: October 2012 8+ years Category: Witches and Wizards. Reviewer: Vicki Griffin This is a great book full of trivia, disgusting recipes, strange poem and gross stories that will have yellow boils appear on you… it is a jumble of everything disgusting with a few facts thrown in- Wizard or witch will love it. The drawings throughout […]
Cahills vs Vespers bk 3 Peter Lerangis Scholastic ISBN: 9780545298414 RRP: 17.99 Age: 8+ Key Words: Adventure, History, Action Published: 27th March 2012 Reviewed By: Kylie Calwell Atticus, Dan’s best friend has been kidnapped. The Cahill’s weren’t expecting that. Atticus isn’t a Cahill, he is however a guardian and while they aren’t really sure what that means they do know their lives are linked together, so they aren’t about to let Atticus go without a fight. Atticus may be alone […]