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By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Reviewed by Tehani Croft Wealth, privilege, and tragic backstory underpin the characters and events in Where Sleeping Girls Lie, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s second novel. There is a strong sense of purpose at the heart of the novel, but the extreme

By Aaron Becker Reviewed by Barbara Braxton In a not-so-futuristic time, the Earth has flooded and the waters continue to rise. The only signs of humankind are the waterlogged structures they left behind. Peeking out from the deluge are the remnants of a

By Katrina McKelvey & Deb Hudson Reviewed by Margarite Igras Katrina McKelvey is a former primary school teacher and President of the CBCA Newcastle. Deb Hudson says her illustrations are inspired by the joy and wonder-filled dreamy moments of the everyday.

By Morris Gleitzman Reviewed by Helen Gearing Morris Gleitzman, Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-2019, has sold four million copies of his novels in Australia alone, as well as being published in more than 20 other countries. Gleitzman has a well-deserved reputation for

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Bradley wrote the Newbery Honor Books The War That Saved My Life and its sequel The War I Finally Won, two heart-warming stories about a girl's experiences in England during WW2. The Night War,

By Jacqueline Harvey & Kate Isobel Scott Reviewed by Barbara Braxton Shaun, Shauna, Sheryl and Shane are sheep - and are as predictable in their sheepish behaviour as the alliteration of their names.  Along with the rest of the flock, they are

By Claire Saxby & Jess Racklyeft Reviewed by Margarite Igras Tree is a stand-out picture book written by the award-winning Australian author, Claire Saxby with insightful watercolour illustrations by Jess Racklyeft. Claire Saxby writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children of all ages.

Written and illustrated by Belinda Landsberry. Reviewed by Margarite Igras This is her debut picture book published in 2014, which has been re-issued in hardback to celebrate its 10th anniversary containing additional information About the ANZACS as well as an activity page

By Zoraida Córdova Reviewed by Lucille Rose Kiss The Girl is a young adult romance starring Eric Reyes: the lead guitarist of ‘Star Crossed’ and out-cast son of a Colombian millionaire, and Melody ‘Ariel’ Del Mar: lead singer of pop sensation ‘The

By Emma Quay Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Emma Quay, the award-winning and much-loved creator of Rudie Nudie, (2012 Book of the Year for Younger Children Australian Book Industry Awards; Shortlisted for Children’s Book Council Australia Awards), and Rudie Nudie Christmas, here presents an

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