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Show and Tell with Kate Simpson

Many thanks to my guest, today, children’s author, Kate Simpson, who is the guinea pig for my restyled interview format – Show and Tell. And given Kate’s background in science, I’m predicting that she’s happy to be part of my experiment! So, this is how it works: I ask Kate to SHOW us her books and READ MORE

Book review: Red Day, by Sandy Fussell

Red Day, Sandy Fussell, Walker Books Australia, 2020 From the publisher: Set against a backdrop of the 1944 Cowra Prisoner of War Camp breakout, this powerful story explores an important part of Australia’s past and how it informs the future. Set in a modern-day small town among the remnants of a Japanese POW camp, this READ MORE

Featured Author: Teena Raffa-Mulligan Presents Monelli & Me

#monelliandme #bookcampaign #booksontourpr We couldn’t be more excited to have our seasoned JWFK regular guest back again for another wonderful book campaign, and we really are spoiled for choice when it comes to the work of Teena Raffa-Mulligan. From picture books, to junior fiction, it is an absolute delight to jump in to Teena’s debut READ MORE

#BookReview: League of Llamas Books 1 and 2 by Aleesah Darlison

#BookReview: League of Llamas #1: The Golden Llama, League of Llamas #2: Llama Impossible, Aleesah Darlison (author), Simon Greiner (illus.), Penguin, March 2020. Blurb – The Golden Llama: The League of Llamas is on a mission to save the world! And – if Agent Phillipe Llamar can stop looking at his luxurious fringe in every READ MORE

#BookReview: Ella at Eden New Girl by Laura Sieveking and Danielle McDonald

#BookReview: Ella at Eden #1: New Girl, Laura Sieveking (author), Danielle McDonald (illus.), Scholastic Australia, February 2020. Description: Ella has started at her new high school, and Eden College is everything she hoped it would be. She is getting to know her new friends and enjoying everything Eden has to offer. Until things start to READ MORE

Book Review: Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster

#BookReview: Esme’s Gift (Book 2), Elizabeth Foster, Odyssey Books, November 2019 Blurb: Terror was within. Terror was without. Like her mother, she was at the water’s mercy. In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver faces her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift – the power to observe the past – READ MORE

#BookReview: Daisy Runs Wild by Caz Goodwin and Ashley King

Daisy Runs Wild, Caz Goodwin (author), Ashley King (illus.), Little Hare, March 2020 Blurb: What in the world was poor Jasper to do? Daisy kept running, so Jasper did too. Review: If you haven’t had your paws on the first rollicking title, Lazy Daisy (my review), then get scooting because you’ll need to be ready READ MORE

Book Review: Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani

Pashmina, Nidhi Chanani, Macmillan, 2017   From the publisher: Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of READ MORE

#BookReview: The Other Brother by Penny Jaye and Heidi Cooper Smith

#BookReview: The Other Brother, Penny Jaye (author), Heidi Cooper Smith (illus.), Wombat Books, February 2020. Blurb: Jayden James thought his family of five was perfect – until last Wednesday when Mitchell David arrived. Now the car’s too small, picnics are ruined and no one’s paying attention to Jayden anymore. Jayden knows something needs to be READ MORE

Book Review: Roo Knows Blue

Roo Knows Blue, Renee Treml (author & illus.), Puffin Books, 2020 Synopsis: A joyous celebration of colour in the Australian bush from bestselling author-illustrator Renee Treml. Roo knows, Roo knows, Roo knows blue. But does Roo know about other colours too? If you’re looking for a joyful new picture book for a young toddler in READ MORE