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By Tamara Macfarlane Illustrated by Alessandra Fusi Reviewed by Mia Macrossan 'Dragons have captivated the imaginations of people everywhere. They take many forms and represent many things' and this beautifully presented book gives  a glimpse into that rich imaginative world that dragons inhabit. It

By Roger Hargreaves Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Did you know this has been around for 50 years?  It was the first Mr Men book and now there  is a handsome gold anniversary edition out now which includes the story of how it

By Jo Kasch Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley Reviewed by Barbara Braxton Mo lives in a little house high on a hill, protected by a thick stone wall that is stronger than both the wind and the rain.  It keep out everything that Mo

Written by Wenda Shurety Illustrated by Andrea Stegmaier Reviewed by Zewlan Moor  Jake starts off in a place many of us are familiar with at this COVID moment. He lives in Grey Street. ‘Glum, gloomy, Grey Street.’ But he fantasizes about being anywhere

By Anna Ciddor Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Anna Ciddor's  previous novel, The Family With Two Front Doors was a CBCA Notable book in 2017. 52 Mondays is a fictionalised account of Anna's own Jewish childhood.  . This is a nostalgic look at 1960s Australia,

By Tamzin Merchant Illustrated by Paola Escobar Reviewed by Sarah Custance Tamzin Merchant is a British actor best known for playing period roles. The Hatmakers is her first novel and the start of a series with the second book, The Mapmakers, due to

By Belinda Murrell Reviewed by Sarah Custance Belinda Murrell is a popular Australian author known for her many middle-grade time-slip novels such as The Ivory Rose, The Ruby Talisman, The Locket of Dreams, The Forgotten Pearl, and many more, as well as

By Inda Ahmad Zahri Illustrated by Anne Ryan Reviewed by Mia Macrossan In the last decade there have been many stories written for children about people suffering loss and  hardships as they flee their war torn country. Each journey is different and Salih's

Written and illustrated by Gregg Dreise Reviewed by Des Crump Gregg Dreise is a proud Kamilaroi and Euahlayi writer and illustrator who shares stories and culture through his colourful books. Younger readers have been engaged with his previous books on birds, e.g.,

By Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam Illustrated by Omar T. Pasha Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zahri This powerful and emotional verse novel inspired by the experience of co-writer Yusef Salaam of the ‘Exonerated 5.’ 16-year-old Amal Shahid is facing charges of assault, a

By Sonya Hartnett Illustrated by Gabriel Evans Reviewed by Barbara Braxton Each morning when she wakes up, the little girl doesn't want to go to school. There are so many reasons why.  She doesn't make friends as easily as you're supposed to; she

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