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BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

BOOK REVIEW: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk Corgi Childrens May 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell  Middle Grade / Historical 6/10     Set in 1925, among the Elizabeth Islands off Massachusetts, Beyond the Bright Sea is a look at identity, family, and the attempt to discover who you are when firm answers are […]

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill

BOOK REVIEW: Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill Random House Australia April 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Stephanie O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 The pet you want isn’t always the pet you get. When Charlotte asked her parents for a pet, a rock wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. […]

BOOK REVIEW: STRICT RULES: The iconic story of the tour that shaped Midnight Oil by Andrew McMillan

BOOK REVIEW: STRICT RULES: The iconic story of the tour that shaped Midnight Oil by Andrew McMillan

BOOK REVIEW: STRICT RULES: The iconic story of the tour that shaped Midnight Oil by Andrew McMillan Hachette Australia – rrp$24.99 February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Prior to touring the deep red heart of Australia with the Warumpi Band in 1986, Midnight Oil, Andrew McMillan claims, had little more understanding of the way […]

BOOK REVIEW: STAR WARS – The Visual Encyclopedia

BOOK REVIEW: STAR WARS – The Visual Encyclopedia

BOOK REVIEW: STAR WARS – The Visual Encyclopedia DK Australia – rrp$39.99 April 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 A sumptuous hard-cover book which does exactly what it says on the front: trawl through every aspect of the Star Wars universe in encyclopedic detail, analysing the physical composition and geography of planets, urban details and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness

BOOK REVIEW: Release by Patrick Ness Walker Books May 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7/10 A startling and tender novel about how to let yourself love and set yourself free by Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. Today will change Adam Thorn’s life. Between his religious […]

BOOK REVIEW: And Then You're Dead - A Scientific Exploration of the World's Most Interesting Ways to Die by Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty

BOOK REVIEW: And Then You’re Dead – A Scientific Exploration of the World’s Most Interesting Ways to Die by Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty

BOOK REVIEW: And Then You’re Dead – A Scientific Exploration of the World’s Most Interesting Ways to Die by Cody Cassidy & Paul Doherty Allen & Unwin May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Popular Science 9/10 What would happen if you stuck your head into a nuclear particle accelerator? What if you jumped into […]

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You

BOOK REVIEW: Dear Mum, I Love You Scholastic Australia April 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Mother’s Day 8/10 ‘Dear Mum, Ever since I could walk, my favourite place in the whole wide world has been anywhere you are. I love you.’ Open the letters and lift the flaps to read […]

BOOK REVIEW: Me Too, Grandma! by Jane Chapman

BOOK REVIEW: Me Too, Grandma! by Jane Chapman

BOOK REVIEW: Me Too, Grandma! by Jane Chapman Koala Books April 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 / Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Mother’s Day 9/10 Grandma has a surprise for Mo – a visit from his baby cousin, Bibi. But Mo soon feels a little jealous. Why does Bibi get all the tickles […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey Orbit May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction 8/10 Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out […]

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother's Secret by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester

BOOK REVIEW: Her Mother’s Secret by Natasha Lester Hachette Australia March 2017 Softback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 8.5/10 Her Mother’s Secret is a story about a strong female heroine, written by a woman for female readers. Natasha Lester, the author of the best-selling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, brings us another historical […]

BOOK REVIEW: Mummies are Lovely by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Polona Lovšin

BOOK REVIEW: Mummies are Lovely by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Polona Lovšin

BOOK REVIEW: Mummies are Lovely by Meredith Costain, illustrated by Polona Lovšin Koala Books April 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book / Mother’s Day 7/10 Mummies are magic, they kiss away troubles, find gold in the sunlight and rainbows in bubbles. A beautiful and heart-warming book about the special bond between mothers […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy Little, Brown Book Group March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Biography/Literary Autobiography 9/10 The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer […]

BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile Walker Books May 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 From the illustrator of the Bink & Gollie series comes a funny, touching tale for big siblings. Louie has the life every Chihuahua dreams of. Walks with Mum and Dad, ice cream on Sundays and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan

BOOK REVIEW: Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan

BOOK REVIEW: Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan Bloomsbury April 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction / Young Adult / General Fiction 7.5/10 It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn’t. It had its own little backstreets, its alleyways of hanging bulbs and ghost trains and Punch and Judy stands . […]

BOOK REVIEW: HERE COMES TROUBLE by Simon Wroe

BOOK REVIEW: HERE COMES TROUBLE by Simon Wroe

BOOK REVIEW: HERE COMES TROUBLE by Simon Wroe Hachette Australia – rrp$29.99 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Here Comes Trouble straps you into the front seat of a runaway train as a fictitious European country lurches uncontrollably towards an anarchic revolution which threaten not only the lives of every citizen, but […]

BOOK REVIEW: Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts - Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods by Craig Phillips

BOOK REVIEW: Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts – Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods by Craig Phillips

BOOK REVIEW: Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts – Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods by Craig Phillips Allen & Unwin May 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Children’s Fiction / Myths and Fairytales 7/10   A cobbler girl tricks the Wawel Dragon, after all the king’s knights fail… The Polar Bear […]

BOOK REVIEW: Survivor - A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust, by Harry Borden

BOOK REVIEW: Survivor – A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust, by Harry Borden

BOOK REVIEW: Survivor – A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust, by Harry Borden Cassell Illustrated April 2017 Hardcover, $49.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Portraits / The Holocaust 10/10 “something really to behold, a substantial project of some real depth and authority. By flicking through the pages you can sense the amount […]

BOOK REVIEW: Pumpkin - The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog by Laura Young

BOOK REVIEW: Pumpkin – The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog by Laura Young

BOOK REVIEW: Pumpkin – The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog by Laura Young Boxtree October 2016 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction/Humour/Animals 8/10 As a baby, Pumpkin the raccoon was abandoned by her parents after falling out of a tree and breaking her leg. She was taken in by a family with […]

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

BOOK REVIEW: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt Hachette Australia March 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Historical Fiction 6/10 Lizzie Borden is forever immortalised and remembered as a woman implicated in one of America’s most famous unsolved murders. There is the famous rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Periodic Table Book by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Periodic Table Book by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Periodic Table Book by Dorling Kindersley Dorling Kindersley April 2017 Hardcover, $35.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science / Juvenile Reference 8/10   The Periodic Table Book is the perfect visual guide to the chemical elements that make up our world. This eye-catching encyclopedia takes children on a visual tour of the 118 […]

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