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BOOK REVIEW: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton

BOOK REVIEW: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton

BOOK REVIEW: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton Hachette Children’s Group May 2017 Paperback, $18.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers/Sexuality & Relationships for Children & Teenagers 8.5/10     For the majority of people “sex education” – if they even receive it from parents or schools – is scant at […]

BOOK REVIEW: Thirst by Benjamin Warner

BOOK REVIEW: Thirst by Benjamin Warner

BOOK REVIEW: Thirst by Benjamin Warner Bloomsbury July 2016 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary Thriller / Post Apocalypse 5/10 On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Gardner has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Prehistoric Times by Stella Gurney, illustrated by Neave Parker & Matthew Hodson

BOOK REVIEW: The Prehistoric Times by Stella Gurney, illustrated by Neave Parker & Matthew Hodson

BOOK REVIEW: The Prehistoric Times by Stella Gurney, illustrated by Neave Parker & Matthew Hodson Frances Lincoln Children’s Books June 2017 Paperback, $10.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Book 7/10 A newspaper-style activity book for the discerning dinosaur, packed with paleo puzzles, fearsome facts and giganto games. Meet real-life reptiles and read fascinating features, which […]

BOOK REVIEW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

BOOK REVIEW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

BOOK REVIEW: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory Riverrun June 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Contemporary Fiction / Speculative Fiction 8/10 Meet Matthias Telemachus, Teddy Telemachus, Maureen Telemachus, Irene Telemachus, Frankie Telemachus and Buddy Telemachus! They were the Amazing Telemachus Family, who in the mid-1970s achieved widespread fame for their magic and mind reading act. […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers

BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by The Fan Brothers Macmillan May 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Picture Book 7.5/10 Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears […]

BOOK REVIEW: I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

BOOK REVIEW: I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

BOOK REVIEW: I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Penguin Books July 2017 Hardcover, $12.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children/Picture Books 8/10   Eric Carle is the children’s author and illustrator who famously introduced the world to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. In I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar this […]

BOOK REVIEW: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

BOOK REVIEW: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

BOOK REVIEW: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus Penguin Teen May 2017 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Mystery 5/10   On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Impossible Story of Olive in Love by Tonya Alexandra

BOOK REVIEW: The Impossible Story of Olive in Love by Tonya Alexandra

BOOK REVIEW: The Impossible Story of Olive in Love by Tonya Alexandra Harlequin April 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 7.5/10   I get that I’m impossible. I get that I’m mad and rude — perhaps even a drama queen at times. But you’d be impossible if you lived my life … […]

BOOK REVIEW: MY BOOK OF ROCKS AND MINERALS

BOOK REVIEW: MY BOOK OF ROCKS AND MINERALS

BOOK REVIEW: MY BOOK OF ROCKS AND MINERALS DK Australia, rrp $24.99 July 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 If, like mine, your child has shown an interest in collecting crystals from trippy hippy shops, or found interesting rocks from family excursions, then this book will be a treat for them. Packed with educational information […]

BOOK REVIEW: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

BOOK REVIEW: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

BOOK REVIEW: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble Allen & Unwin May 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Climate Fiction 9/10 A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live. Peony lives with her sister and grandfather […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Answers by Catherine Lacey

BOOK REVIEW: The Answers by Catherine Lacey

BOOK REVIEW: The Answers by Catherine Lacey Granta Books July 2017 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction / Social Commentary 4/10 Mary is out of options. Estranged from her Evangelist family, plagued by debt collectors and beset by chronic pain, Mary signs up for a mysterious job advertised as ‘The Girlfriend Experiment’ (or, The […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

BOOK REVIEW: The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer ABC Books May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 10/10 They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But in the case of Tracey Spicer’s femoir it’s a clever way of summing up her memoir’s content and is a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Same Sky by Mojgan Shamsalipoor & Milad Jafari with James Knight Hachette Australia April 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Biographies & True Stories 8/10 We all live under the same sky. Or do we? All of us may be born human, but our lives are determined by the genetic […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us – J.D. Barrett

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us – J.D. Barrett

BOOK REVIEW: The Song of Us by J.D. Barrett Hachette Australia April 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Adult & Contemporary Romance 7.5/10 In popular music your sophomore album is often labelled the “difficult” one because you’ve had a lifetime to write and record the first and are under pressure for the follow-up. This is […]

BOOK REVIEW: HISTORY MYSTERIES – LASSETER’S GOLD by Mark Greenwood

BOOK REVIEW: HISTORY MYSTERIES – LASSETER’S GOLD by Mark Greenwood

BOOK REVIEW: HISTORY MYSTERIES – LASSETER’S GOLD by Mark Greenwood Puffin Books, young readers, paperback, rrp$12.99 May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The legend of Lasseter’s Gold is an Australian mystery of epic proportions. Harold Bell Lasseter made various claims in the 1920s/30s that he had, years previously, stumbled across a magnificent gold reef […]

BOOK REVIEW: WE - A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel

BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel

BOOK REVIEW: WE – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson & Jennifer Nadel HarperCollins Publishers March 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Self-Help & Personal Development 7.5/10 A journalist and an actor walk into a bar. It’s not a joke, rather the pair come together to write a manifesto about how to live […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE 50 GREATEST DISHES OF THE WORLD by James Steen

BOOK REVIEW: THE 50 GREATEST DISHES OF THE WORLD by James Steen

BOOK REVIEW: THE 50 GREATEST DISHES OF THE WORLD by James Steen Allen & Unwin, paperback, rrp$22.99 March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 /10 We initially thought this was going to be a recipe book – but we couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead, James Steen has compiled an intriguing and exotic history of […]

BOOK REVIEW: NED’S CIRCUS OF MARVELS: THE GOLD THIEF by Justin Fisher

BOOK REVIEW: NED’S CIRCUS OF MARVELS: THE GOLD THIEF by Justin Fisher

BOOK REVIEW: NED’S CIRCUS OF MARVELS: THE GOLD THIEF by Justin Fisher Harper Collins, paperback May 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 Book 2 in Justin Fisher’s series starts with the theft of all the gold in the world, the disappearance of Ned’s parents, and a greasy thief with a pet monster trying […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE GAMEKEEPER by Portia Simpson

BOOK REVIEW: THE GAMEKEEPER by Portia Simpson

BOOK REVIEW: THE GAMEKEEPER by Portia Simpson Simon & Schuster Australia Autobiography, hard cover, rrp$35.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 I never thought I’d find myself reading the biography of the first woman to have graduated as a Gamekeeper and Wildlife Manager in Scottish history – it’s just not the sort of thing […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti

BOOK REVIEW: THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti

BOOK REVIEW: THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti Hachette Australia – rrp$29.99 March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 Hannah Tinti has crafted a riveting tale of badass Samuel Hawley and daughter Loo, whose lives are forever tied to the twelve scars Samuel carries on his body from bullets, and […]

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