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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: Folk by Zoe Gilbert

BOOK REVIEW: Folk by Zoe Gilbert

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Folk by Zoe Gilbert Bloomsbury March 2018 Hardcover, $35.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories / Speculative Fiction 8/10 Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows – the wounds and fears and furies of a village year. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

| 21 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave Quercus February 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction/Speculative/Mystery 3/10 YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.  YOU CAN PRESERVE A HANDFUL OF SPECIAL MEMORIES FOREVER.  WHICH ONES WOULD YOU CHOOSE? True death is a thing of the past. Now you can spend the rest of eternity reliving […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Peg + Cat – The Camp Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

BOOK REVIEW: Peg + Cat – The Camp Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

| 4 April 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Peg + Cat – The Camp Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson Candlewick Entertainment March 2018 Paperback, $9.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Beginner Readers / Kids Fiction 5/10 Can Peg and Cat figure out the winning pattern? Friendly competition between bunks at summer camp leads to a hands-on lesson in counting by […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

BOOK REVIEW: Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins Walker Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 6/10 Revel in the rain with a little duckling and friends in a bright adventure from the creator of Maisy that kids will find just ducky. Oh, goody, hooray! It’s raining today. When I’m feeling […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Hexes for the Modern Age by Val Brains

BOOK REVIEW: Hexes for the Modern Age by Val Brains

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Hexes for the Modern Age by Val Brains Skyhorse Publishing December 2017 Hardcover, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour 4/10 Let’s face it: most people irritate us. Hexes for the Modern Age is a tongue-in-cheek approach to giving these folks a taste of their own medicine. While inspired by witches’ curses of the past, this […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones

BOOK REVIEW: Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones

| 27 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Jones Walker Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Science & Education 6/10   A gentle, sweetly illustrated concept book takes on physical forces as young children learn about pushing and pulling. It’s time for Bird to build […]

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BOOK REVIEW: How the Finch Got His Colors by Annemarie Guertin

BOOK REVIEW: How the Finch Got His Colors by Annemarie Guertin

| 26 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: How the Finch Got His Colors by Annemarie Guertin Familius February 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Folk Tales 7.5/10 Many years ago, before the world bloomed in magnificent colors, the Earth lay stark and gray. The animals that graced its skies and roamed its lands were the colors […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock

BOOK REVIEW: Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock

| 25 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Dig, Dump, Roll by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock Walker Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 6/10 Guess what kind of truck is at work in this interactive book by the bestselling creators of Roadworks. Crash-a-rumble Smash-a-grumble What’s at work? Here’s a clue: It will clear the ground […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

| 23 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson Candlewick Press February 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Historical Fiction 6.5/10 In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry

BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry

| 22 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry Ochard February 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Speculative Fiction 5/10 This review will contain spoilers for book 1, Contagion. An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure, and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns

BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns

| 20 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns ABC Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Animals / Photography 9/10 These perfectly imperfect dogs have gentle lessons for us all… Meet special little Vegemite with the permanent wink; Bali Pip, the playful pup who lost […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris

BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris

| 19 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris Black Dog March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 6/10 Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris team up to bring us a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. A bird drops a seed to the floor […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid

BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid

| 17 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid Candlewick Press March 2018 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Beginner Readers / Fiction 7/10 Judy was feeling left out. Judy wanted to be creative. Judy wanted to be a genius. Judy wanted to be a president. But most of all, Judy wanted to go […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Contagion by Teri Terry

BOOK REVIEW: Contagion by Teri Terry

| 16 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Contagion by Teri Terry Orchard May 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Speculative Fiction 6.5/10 Callie is missing.  Her brother Kai is losing hope of ever seeing her again. Then he meets Shay, a girl who saw Callie the day she disappeared, and his hope is reignited.  Their search […]

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BOOK REVIEW: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

BOOK REVIEW: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

| 14 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti Sourcebooks Fire December 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 5/10 What if you could ask for anything – and get it?  In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Endurance by Scott Kelly

BOOK REVIEW: Endurance by Scott Kelly

| 13 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Endurance by Scott Kelly Doubleday UK October 2017 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Science & Space / Biography 9/10 A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station–a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Just the Tip – Sex Tips for Chicks by Gay Dudes

BOOK REVIEW: Just the Tip – Sex Tips for Chicks by Gay Dudes

| 11 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Just the Tip – Sex Tips for Chicks by Gay Dudes Lost the Plot November 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Guides / Humour 7.5/10 Sex tips for women written by an international panel of gay men. Ever wondered: – How to give the perfect blow job? – Where a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones

BOOK REVIEW: P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones

| 7 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones HarperCollins Australia February 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fiction / Mental Health 8/10 From the talented author of the celebrated novels In the Quiet and Ache comes a poignant and moving book that explores the stories we tell ourselves about […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Feed by Nick Clark Windo

BOOK REVIEW: The Feed by Nick Clark Windo

| 4 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Feed by Nick Clark Windo Headline January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction 3/10 THE FEED by Nick Clark Windo is a startling and timely debut which presents a world as unique and vividly imagined as STATION ELEVEN and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS and explores what it […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett

BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett

| 7 February 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen with Eliza Garrett Wildfire September 2017 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Parody / Classics 9/10 CLASSIC TAILS – the greatest works of literature, as told by the finest breeds. We all have our favourite classic novels; books that have been beloved to us since childhood, […]

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