Review: The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted by Conor Grennan

A action-packed middle-grade adventure story. »

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Review: Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Deep Water is an Australian young adult mystery thriller. »

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Review: Taking Down Evelyn Tait By Poppy Nwosu

Taking Down Evelyn Tait is well-written, immersive, with characters that grab you and a meaningful story full of heart. »

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Review: The Threads of Magic by Alison Croggon

The Threads of Magic is a fabulous fantasy adventure that anyone can enjoy, but I especially recommend it for ages 9+ (I personally have recommended it to sisters aged 9, 15, 24 and 28). It explores themes of difference, power, courage and friendship. »

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Review: The Girl with the Gold Bikini by Lisa Walker

Review of Australian YA detective novel The Girl with the Gold Bikini by Lisa Walker. »

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Review: Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Beverly, Right Here is the third and final book in the Three Rancheros series. Kate DiCamillo provides a gentle way to explore hard and painful circumstances that end with a sense of hopefulness. »

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Review: The Man In The Water by David Burton

The Man in the Water is an enjoyable, fast-paced read that follows the story of sixteen-year-old Shaun who lives in a remote mining town in Queensland, Australia. While skipping school, he discovers a dead body. Recommended for teenagers who like mysteries or any readers of young adult books. »

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Review: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Wai Chim’s stunning new novel, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, is an engaging and totally immersive read - from which you will emerge heart-wrung and hungry. »

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Review: Gravity is The Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty

A string of adjectives can only describe imperfectly how excellent Gravity is the Thing is: beautiful, uplifting, clever, incredible, heart-breaking, affirming, hilarious, genuine and truly delightful »

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Favourite Bookstores on Instagram (#LoveYourBookshopDay)

I highly recommend dropping into your local bookshop today to show them some love. Of course, this is not possible for everyone. If this is you, you can still enjoy the spirit of the local bookshop online with these instagram accounts. »

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