Margaret Wild Bruce Whatley Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743629291 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart The great combination of Margaret Wild and Bruce Whatley have done it again. One Keen Koala combines jaunty text and truely delightful illustrations with some very expressive faces on the animal students. Who wouldn’t want to start the new year with this lot?
Tania Lacy Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760279820 RRP $14.99 Age 9+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book will make you laugh. The book illustrates that although you may strive to be “normal” in fact that can be stretched to include almost all sorts of behaviour in various situations when you are about to begin high school. Tania Lacy effectively brings her background as a comedian into her writing. Looking forward to more.
Michael Panckridge Ford St ISBN 9781925272499 RRP $14.95 Age 10+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Against the spin is the second book in the legend series. The central characters remain the same but the plot thickens. The competition in this book revolves around cricket but there is enough in the plot and character analysis to be interesting even without a thorough knowledge of the game of cricket.
John Marsden Pan Macmillan ISBN: 9781742613352 RRP: $12.99 Age: 9+ Key Words: Life, School, Sport, Moving Published: 1st Dec 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Tarrawagga is a hole. It simply is not a place anyone, with any choice in the matter, would move to. Yet this is where Josh finds himself. He is not happy with the turn his life has taken, and he isn’t all that interested in getting involved and making friends like his parents want. Somehow, without really meaning […]
Kate Ledger and Kyla May Twin Magic Series bk 2 Scholastic ISBN: 9780545480260 RRP: $6.99 Age: 4+ Key Words: School, Sisters, Bullying, Superpowers Published: 1st Nov 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Lottie and Mia are twins, but in some ways they are very different, that doesn’t make their bond less strong. In fact Lottie and Mia have a secret when they whisper a secret charm the twins get super powers. They need them this day at school when the new kid Max […]
Mark Pardoe Penguin ISBN: 9780143306771 RRP: $16.99 Age: 10+ Key Words: Life, School, Friends Published: 24 July 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Andy Flegg wants an X-box, to get one his mother has told him he has to write in a journal everyday. Andy is not impressed. Some entries are really short and then things start happening. A cute girl starts in his class, his parents are fighting and his dog gets sick. Then his dog gets a bit better, his parents get […]
Christine Bongers & Dan McGuiness Aussie Mates Scholastic ISBN: 9781862919822 RRP: $11.99 Age: 6+ Key Words: Humour, School Stories, Friendship Published: 1st Feb 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Jack and his best mate Eric have a goal each for this years cross-contry race. Jack wants to beat Rocket Robson and Eric just wants to finish. Together they train with their goals in mind. The day of the big race dawns and it all doesn’t go according to plan but Jack learns that […]
Sally Rippin Our Australian Girl Series Puffin Books ISBN: 9780143307020 RRP: $ 14.95 Age: 8+ Key Words: History, Australian Themes, School, Olympics Published: 26th June 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Lina is excited, the best thing about living in Melbourne in 1956 is the Olympic Games and they are finally here. Lina is fit to burst about her school paper and the chance to actually go to some of the Games. She misses her friend Mary, and wonders how she will ever […]
Penny Matthews Our Australian Girl Series Puffin Books ISBN: 9780143307440 RRP: $14.95 Age: 8+ Key Words: History, Australian Themes, School Published: 26th June 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Ruby is adjusting to a big change. She has come from a wealthy place in the city and now finds herself living with relatives in the country. It is a big adjustment for her. She no longer can have all the things she wants, there just isn’t the money for it. The other thing […]
By: Jacqueline Harvey Random House Australia ISBN: 9781742755434 RRP: $ 12.95 Age: 6+ Key Words: School, Animal Stories, Published: 2nd January 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Clementine is about to start school. She couldn’t be more excited, in fact she is so excited that she gets up way too early. She is going to have a lovely teacher named Miss Critchley and be in a class with her best friends. When she gets there though things aren’t what she was hoping for. […]
Marianne Musgrove Woolshed House (Random House) ISBN: 9781742750866 Published: 01/08/2012 RRP: $15.95 Primary school age. Reviewer: Kelly McDonald Romala has changed schools five times. With a soldier for a dad, it is just the way of life. That means Romala has had to make lots of new friends, but also a lot of enemies. Sebastion’s mum is about to make the biggest mistake of their lives, and Sebastion knows things are going to get real bad, unless he can find […]
L. Pichon Scholastic RRP: $15.99 Release date: June 2012. ISBN: 9781407124414 Ages: 8+ Reviewed by Jeremy Griffin (Age 11 years.) ‘Tom Gate’s is a very funny book and he is always doing stuff that gets him into trouble or is funny. Even the pictures are funny. When his teacher Mr. Sprocket was showing them how to dance he sort of got tangled up and needed an ambulance to take him to hospital it was so cool! Tom gates also tries […]