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Category: Book Reviews

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BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé

| 6 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Making of Christina by Meredith Jaffé Pan Macmillan Australia July 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Modern & Contemporary Fiction 8/10 In her debut novel The Fence, Meredith Jaffé crafted a domestic drama about two feuding neighbours and a story that could have featured on a nightly current affairs show. Her […]

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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: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar

| 3 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: We Are Arrested – A Journalist’s Notes from a Turkish Prison by Can Dündar Biteback December 2016 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Politics & Government/Human Rights/Freedom of Information & Freedom of Speech 7/10 When Turkish journalist, Can Dündar was imprisoned in November 2015 he could have remained silent. But instead he used […]

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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: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford

| 2 December 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin by Martin Handford Walker Books November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers / Picture Books & Early Learning / Interactive Activity Books & Packs 8/10 Where’s Wally? The Totally Terrific Tin packages together the first three Where’s Wally? books. For Australian readers, Wally […]

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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: Cinderella by Jane Ray

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella by Jane Ray

| 1 December 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella by Jane Ray Walker Books November 2017 Hardcover, $14.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Fiction/Children’s Books/Interactive & Activity Books & Packs/Novelty Books 7.5/10 We are all familiar with the classic fairy-tale, Cinderella. It’s one that has been told in countless books and films. English illustrator and children’s author, Jane Ray retells this story […]

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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: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli

| 30 November 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Ten Pound Pom written by Carole Wilkinson and illustrated by Liz Anelli Walker Books Australia October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers / Young Adults > Children’s Non-Fiction / History & The Past for Children & Teenagers 8.5/10 Australia is a country that is made up of many immigrants. […]

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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: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford

| 29 November 2017 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Where’s Wally? Destination: Everywhere! by Martin Handford Walker Books October 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Children & Teenagers/Picture Books & Early Learning/Interactive & Activity Books & Packs 9/10 For 30 years the bespectacled, intrepid world and time traveller known to Australian readers as Wally has entertained children and adults alike. British […]

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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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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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