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BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

| 25 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart Hachette Australia July 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Historical Romance 7/10 Pamela Hart takes a leaf out of Natasha Lester’s book in her latest novel, The Desert Nurse. Hart once again sets her story during World War I and has a strong, female […]

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BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai

BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai

| 24 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai  Walker Books September 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fantasy / Retelling 6/10 We are proud, proud creatures of the ocean. We dominate it, conquer it, there is no creature in it that doesn’t flee before […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman

BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman

| 23 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Computer Coding Python Games for Kids by Carol Vorderman Dorling Kindersley Ltd July 2018 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Science & Technology for Children & Teenagers 8/10 Tomorrow’s programmers are getting a head-start today with the release of various coding books aimed specifically at kids. For those people who think […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina

| 23 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Allen & Unwin August 2019 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Paranormal / Cultural Australia 8/10   Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner

| 16 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner Flame Tree Press – Fiction Without Frontiers September 2018 Paperback, £9.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Dark Fantasy 5/10 Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea

BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea

| 14 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Creature by Hunter Shea Flame Tree Press – Fiction Without Frontiers September 2018 Paperback, £9.95 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Horror / Supernatural 8/10 She had been in worse shape before. Much worse. Last rites and funeral arrangements kind of shape. Kate had come out of it like a modern-day Lazarus. But she was tired. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

| 13 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas Head of Zeus August 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Speculative Fiction 8/10   1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver

BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver

| 5 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Property – A Collection by Lionel Shriver Harper Collins Publishers April 2018 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Short Stories 8.5/10 Lionel Shriver is a renowned storyteller and the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin. She’s also a brilliant observer and one could argue […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella

BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella

| 3 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Two Sisters written by Åsne Seierstad and translated by Seán Kinsella Little, Brown Book Group March 2018 Paperback, $49.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Biographies & True Stories / Discovery, History & Science 9/10 Åsne Seierstad is no stranger to writing about war and conflict. The Norwegian journalist is the best-selling author […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross

BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross

| 1 September 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The World’s Worst Children 3 written by David Walliams & illustrated by Tony Ross HarperCollins May 2018 Paperback, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children’s Fiction / Humour 9/10 The President of the United States dubbed it the “Greatest book ever written.” Well, that’s if you believe the joke. This title – […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin

BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin

| 31 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The New Kid: Unpopular Me by James O’Loghlin, illustrated by Matthew Martin Pan Macmillan Australia May 2018 Paperback, $9.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Children & Teenagers / Children’s Fiction 8.5/10 We all know what it’s like to be the new person, whether it’s starting a new job or going to a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff Allen & Unwin May 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Science Fiction 6/10 The Three Laws of Robotics 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. YOUR BODY IS NOT YOUR OWN. 2. A robot […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Imagine by John Lennon

BOOK REVIEW: Imagine by John Lennon

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Imagine by John Lennon Frances Lincoln Publishers April 2018 Hardcover, $12.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Picture book / Music 10/10 There are few songs as iconic, generation-spanning and pure as John Lennon’s wonderful Imagine. Often criticised as a childish, over-simplified call for an unrealistic and unattainable global peace, its appeal is exactly for […]

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BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going To Be Friends by Jack White

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going To Be Friends by Jack White

| 30 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going To Be Friends by Jack White Third Man Books February 2018 Hard cover, $24.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Picture book / Music 9/10 From John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen, there’s a growing trend to turn the lyrics of a popular song into children’s books, and it is a canny marketing idea: […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Colours of History by Clive Gifford

BOOK REVIEW: The Colours of History by Clive Gifford

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Colours of History by Clive Gifford QED Publishing March 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Non-fiction / Picture book / Children’s 9/10 History as told in colours? What a unique and evocative prospect! Clive Gifford’s text and Marc-Ettiene Peintre’s illustrations bring the use of colour throughout history to life, detailing where […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Ella Fitzgerald (little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sánchez Vegara

BOOK REVIEW: Ella Fitzgerald (little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sánchez Vegara

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ella Fitzgerald (little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sánchez Vegara Quarto Group UK February 2018 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Children’s / Biography 8.5/10 The Little People, Big Dreams series of picture books was created by Isabel Sánchez Vegara after she became an aunty and realised her young nieces didn’t have a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst

BOOK REVIEW: Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst

| 29 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate Pankhurst Bloomsbury Children’s Books March 2018 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Non-fiction / Picture book / Children’s 8.5/10 Thankfully equality seems to finally be moving forward at an appreciable rate, with too-long-entrenched attitudes and bigotries being overwritten. Any look at the shelves of your […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French

BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French

| 27 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Lily and the Rose by Jackie French HarperCollins March 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction / Romance / Historical Romance 7/10 Beloved Australian author, Jackie French is a firm believer in the idea that history explains why our world is the way it is. She has written hundreds of books […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 2028 by Ken Saunders

BOOK REVIEW: 2028 by Ken Saunders

| 27 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: 2028 by Ken Saunders Allen & Unwin September 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Political fiction / Satire 10/10 As another pathetic Australian government erodes the people’s rights and faith in the two party system whilst dissolving into yet another farcical leadership crisis, making a mockery of the entire democratic system, Ken […]

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BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis

BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis

| 25 August 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: If At First You Don’t Conceive – Your Friendly Guide to Tackling Infertility by Liz Ellis Pan Macmillan Australia April 2018 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Medicine / Reproductive Medicine 8/10 After retiring from her professional netball career, Liz Ellis and her husband Matt found themselves among the one in […]

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