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Book Review: Unpacking Harper Holt by Di Walker

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You can read my full review of Unpacking Harper Holt on Reading Time  (Children’s Book Council of Australia) “Unpacking Harper Holt follows high school student Harper, as she navigates a shifting sense of what normal life is.   For Harper, it’s normal to move into another new house, as her family frequently relocate due to her parents […]

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Book Review: The Happiness Quest by Richard Yaxley

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“Dazzled by a cheery sunshine yellow cover, Yaxley’s tenderly observant prose quickly lands you in a pit of shadows, as fifteen year old Tillie Bassett tries to make sense of her inexplicable sadness. Set within suburban Brisbane, Tillie’s heart weighs heavily, feeling the world at a distance as she struggles to pass each day in […]

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Book Review: Night Flights by Philip Reeves

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“Thrillingly paced, Night Flights are three adventurous prequel stories about Anna Fang, mechanic, pilot, spy and rebel assassin.  Anna is a character familiar to readers of Reeve’s massively acclaimed Mortal Engines series.” Read the full review on Reading Time review site (Children’s Book Council of Australia)

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The Fear – The Dark is Rising

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“It was then, without warning, that the fear came.” Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising Oh! The beautiful opening chapter of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, which I’m reading in a massive worldwide book group on Twitter,  has brought back all my inexplicable moments of nature fear – or just The Fear, as […]

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An Arthurian adventure awaits you – #TheDarkisReading

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Starting 20th December – worldwide reading of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper What could be more magical than reading (or re-reading as it is for me) one of the most imaginative and wonderful Arthurian children’s/YA novels ever written, starting when the book does, on Midwinter Eve?  (Midsummer Eve for us in the southern […]

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Sometimes a Wild God by Tom Hirons

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Sometimes a piece of writing rustles and stirs the dry leaves that fall too quickly on the pathways of our bustling lives.  Like an inexplicable breath of floral-perfumed warm wind, in the harsh bite of a winters day. Rewilding you from inside. This is how it felt reading Sometimes a Wild God by Tom Hirons. You […]