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Author Archive: Stephanie O'Connell

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BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler

| 17 December 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Treat! by Christian Vieler Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Photography / Animal Photography / Humour 10/10 Who’s a good dog? In the tradition of bestselling photography books like Underwater Dogs and Shake comes an adorable and hilarious collection of dog photographs capturing our best friends at one of their […]

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BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton

BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton

| 16 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton Bloomsbury November 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Christmas 8/10 When you wish you have to wish with every inch of your heart. It’s Christmas Eve and Theo, left at home with a babysitter, sees an odd-looking star out […]

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2017 GIFT GUIDE by 100% Rock Magazine’s Book Reviewers

2017 GIFT GUIDE by 100% Rock Magazine’s Book Reviewers

| 9 December 2017 | Reply

So it’s December again already, and we all know that panic of trying to find gifts for friends, family, and even colleagues before Christmas has come and gone for another year. How do you know what they might enjoy? How do you know what they already have? Well, you can never know for sure unless […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge

| 6 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge Walker Books September 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book/Adventure 7/10 Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away …  From the duo behind award-winning picture […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

| 4 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth Orion Children’s Books June 2017 Paperback, $15.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Adventure 7/10 Rule Number One: Don’t Run in Front of a Soldier. Rule Number Two: Never Look at a Soldier. Rule Number Three: Say as Little as Possible Rule […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell

| 3 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Only Dead on the Inside by James Breakwell Atlantic Books November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Non-Fiction / Survival Guide 8/10     The Twitter sensation with 900K followers provides the perfect Christmas gift for parents. Raising kids can sometimes feel like society has ended, so why not go […]

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BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon

| 2 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: All I Ever Wanted by Lucy Dillon Hodder & Stoughton March 2017 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction  5/10 Caitlin’s life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book – All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley

BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book – All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley

| 1 December 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Slime Book – All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime by Dorling Kindersley Dorling Kindersley November 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activities / Children’s Science 9/10   Over 30 gloopy, gooey, colourful diy slime recipes will mesmerise youngsters by showing them how to make slime. Play, poke, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

| 30 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell Two Roads November 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories / Myths and Legends / Speculative 8/10 ‘These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button. That’s why I bought her heart […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran

BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran

| 29 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Barrier by Shankari Chandran Pan Macmillan May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Speculative Fiction / Action / Thriller 5/10 Twenty years ago an Ebola epidemic brought the world to the edge of oblivion. The West won the war, the East was isolated behind a wall, and a vaccine against Ebola […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton

| 27 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton Bloomsbury October 2017 Paperback, $12.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Humour / Mystery 9/10 Greta Zargo doesn’t know it, but she is the only one who can SAVE PLANET EARTH from the death robots coming […]

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BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole

| 26 November 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole Wide Eyed Editions September 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Activity Book / Puzzles and Brain Teasers / Children’s Non-Fiction 8.5/10 Welcome on board the Discovery Express! The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

| 25 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: We See Everything by William Sutcliffe Bloomsbury November 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 6/10 Lex lives on The Strip – the overcrowded, closed-off, bombed-out shell of London. He’s used to the watchful enemy drones that buzz in the air above him.  Alan’s talent as a gamer has landed him […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base

BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base

| 24 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base Penguin|Viking October 2017 Hardcover/Special Format, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 9/10 When our young canine hero buys his very own Amazing Monster DetectoScope he discovers his house is infested with more monsters than he bargained for – until he finds the courage to confront […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

| 23 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Penguin October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Mental Health Issues 7/10 Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

| 22 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell Raven Books November 2017 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Historical Fiction / Gothic / Horror 8/10   Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling gothic ghost story to send a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton

| 21 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Spew in Your Spacesuit by Tim Miller and Matt Stanton ABC Books October 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Humour 3/10 In a galaxy of gastro not so far away … Is there life on Mars? One little spaceman is determined to find out. Only no one told […]

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MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander’s Case

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander’s Case

| 17 November 2017 | Reply

MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander’s Case Running Press October 2017 Novelty Toy, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Toy / Merchandise / Film tie-in 6/10   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes fans to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

| 16 November 2017 | 2 Replies

BOOK REVIEW: Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers HarperCollins November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 10/10   Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir

BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir

| 15 November 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir Del Rey November 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Science Fiction 5/10 Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional […]

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