William Joyce Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781442473553 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication April 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is an unusual book and although it is set in a “toy world” it explores feelings and relationships in a very human way. It will no doubt foster empathy and imagination in the reader. It is a wonderful and uplifting adventure and the illustrations are fabulous.
Beth Ferry Tom Lichtenheld Koala Books ISBN 9781742761671 RRP $14.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Thanks to Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld we have the combination of a good family story and a good teaching tool about friendship. It rocks and rhymes!
Peter Carnavas Peter Carnavas Scholastic ISBN 9781925059410 RRP $24.99 Age 4+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Peter Carnavas has written and illustrated another great book for children. This one is about feeling blue and about friends who are there to cheer you up. The reader however could become blue because the story reminds us how much pollution lies beneath the sea.
Black Dog Books Ananda Braxton-Smith Secrets of Carrick bk 3 ISBN: 9781742032184 RRP: $1895 Age : 12+ Key Words: Fantasy, Family, Fear, Loss Published: 1st May 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Mally is different from the rest of her family. Her brothers and sisters are brave, fearless, they will do what ever they want, when ever they want. Nothing holds them back. Mally is just the opposite, she has so many fears, so many secrets. She can’t go near the water and […]
Vivian French Walker Books Stargirl Academy bk 7 ISBN: 9781406349382 RRP: $11.95 Age: 7+ Key Words: Magic, Friendship, Christmas Published: 1st Dec 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Melody and Jackson are still hoping to get their final star and graduate from Stargirl Academy, but with the other girls already having got their stars the best friends are wondering if they will get their chance. They are so glad when they get their chance and they know just what they want to do. […]
Ally Carter Hyperion Books Gallagher Girls bk 3 ISBN: 9781423116608 RRP: $17.99 Age: 12+ Key Words: Espionage, School Stories Published: 11th May 2010 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Cammie Morgan’s holiday has just gotten fun, or so she thinks when she gets to join her friend Macey McHenry on her dad’s campaign trail. Fun takes on another meaning when she has to draw on all her skills to prevent her friend from being kidnapped off the roof of a building. Of course Cammie […]
Ally Carter Hyperion Books Gallagher Girls bk 2 ISBN: 9781423100065 RRP: $17.99 Age: 12+ Key Words: Espionage, Romance Published: 1st Dec 2008 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell The Josh disaster of last semester has left Cammie just wanting to have a quiet semester, after all using her spy skills to get her first boyfriend then being forced to give him up was quite enough. She even promises her mother to stay out of trouble. That is way easier said than done when […]
Rose Inserra Wombat Books Australian Girl Series ISBN: 9781921632389 RRP: $12.95 Age: 8+ Key Words: Environment, History, Friendship Published: 1st Nov 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Annabelle is very interested in turtles, in fact she is really determined to find the hatchlings that have gone missing. It’s a real mystery that no one seems to be able to figure out, not even the people at Marine World know where they went. Annabelle enlists the help of her friends Matilda, Emily, Amy and […]
Ambelin Kwaymullina Walker Books The Tribe bk 2 ISBN: 9781921720093 RRP: $19.95 Age: 12+ Key Words: Dystopia, Friendship, Rebellion, Published: 1st Nov 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Ashala Wolf has struggled since returning to the Tribe but she needs to leave the wolf pack where she has found solace and return to leading her people because her best friend Ember Crow has gone missing. Ashala will not rest until Ember is found and safe with friends. Ashala struggles to control her sleepwalking […]