The Truth About Peacock Blue (Allen & Unwin, 2015) by Rosanne Hawke is a heart-wrenching account of a teenage girl's struggle against religious persecution in Pakistan. Imprisoned under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, fourteen-year-old Aster's plight is significant and timely, providing insight into why people may be forced to abandon their lives in the hope of enjoying the freedoms that we as Australians take for granted. A must read. See my full review, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.
Dianne Bates' Here Comes Trouble (Dragon Tales Publishing, 2015) tackles some tough and confronting issues in a sensitive, caring way. Written off as a trouble-maker, the future for nine year old Sam looks bleak, but a chance meeting with foster carers could open his world to the unconditional love he deserves. Find my full review, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.
Jack Heath's The Cut Out (Allen & Unwin, 2015) is an engaging read for ages twelve and up about an unsuspecting fourteen-year-old boy thrown into a life of espionage. With its fair share of twists and turns, action, intrigue and humour, I found this one difficult to put down... Now I'm looking forward to The Fail Safe, a sequel, due for release in 2016. Find my full review, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.
Recently I read Panther (Corsair, 2015), debut novel of UK author David Owen. It's a brave and honest portrayal of the effects of depression on a family, suitable for young adult or adult readers. It's a tough, but insightful read. You can find my review, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.