Monday, 21 December 2015

Reviews: Reindeer's Christmas Surprise and Adelaide's Secret World

I've recently had the pleasure of reading two delightful new picture books from Allen & Unwin - Reindeer's Christmas Surprise by Ursula Dubosarsky and Sue deGennaro and Adelaide's Secret World by Elise Hurst. Both are magical in different ways! Read my full reviews, and more, over at Buzz Word Books.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Review: The Truth About Peacock Blue

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.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Review: Here Comes Trouble

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.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Review: The Cut Out

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.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Review: Panther

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.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Reviews: Summer Rain, Splosh for the Billabong, Trickstars Triple Magic and Lara of Newtown

You can find some more of my reviews over at Buzz Word Books including beautiful picture books Summer Rain and Splosh for the Billabong by Ros Moriarty and Balarinji, Trickstars Triple Magic by Karen Wood, and the lovely and refreshingly quirky Lara of Newtown by the talented Chris McKimmie. All titles are hot off the press from Allen & Unwin.