Book Review: The Finder, by Kate Hendrick

The Finder, Kate Hendrick, Text Publishing, 2018   From the publisher: When Lindsay meets Elias the signs aren’t promising. She’s a grungy introvert who doesn’t want to talk to anyone. He’s a teen fashionista who can’t shut the hell up. But since Lindsay tracked down a runaway kid, word’s got around that she knows how READ MORE

#BookReview: In the Shadow of an Elephant by Georgie Donaghey and Sandra Severgnini

In the Shadow of an Elephant, Georgie Donaghey (author), Sandra Severgnini (illus.), Little Pink Dog Books, May 2019. Blurb: One terrible night the ground rumbled, and dark shapes appeared in the distance. A cracking sound tore through the air. Lualani’s life was changed forever. ‘Don’t be afraid. I will look after you.’ Jabari reached out READ MORE

Book Review: Birthday, by Meredith Russo

Birthday, Meredith Russo, Flatiron Books, 2019. From the publisher: Two best friends. A shared birthday. Six years… ERIC: There was the day we were born. There was the minute Morgan and I decided we were best friends for life. The years where we stuck by each other’s side—as Morgan’s mom died, as he moved across READ MORE

#BookReview: Kisses in Your Heart by Sonia Bestulic and Nancy Bevington

#kissesinyourheart #blogtour #booksontourpr #day2 Kisses in Your Heart, Sonia Bestulic (author), Nancy Bevington (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, June 2019. Blurb: A bright, beautiful and empowering story to inspire little people to use the strength of love within. I close my eyes, and always know, Mum’s kisses follow where I go. A tender and simple bedtime READ MORE

Book Review: Barefoot Bea, by Heather Neilly and Ruth de Vos

Barefoot Bea, Heather Neilly and Ruth de Vos, Yellow Brick Books, 2019   From the publisher: Barefoot Bea hates wearing shoes. She sniffs her nose at a sandal, looks aghast at a gumboot and won’t suffer a sneaker. But when Bea’s parents decide to take radical action, their dynamic daughter comes up with an ingenious READ MORE

#BookReview: When the Moon is a Smile by Teena Raffa-Mulligan and Amy Calautti

#whenthemoonisasmile #blogtour #booksontourpr #day2 When the Moon is a Smile, Teena Raffa-Mulligan (author), Amy Calautti (illus.), Daisy Lane Publishing, June 2019. Blurb: “Don’t go, Daddy!” It’s the plea that tugs at the heart of every loving father whose child no longer shares his everyday life due to a relationship break-down. For a young child, accepting READ MORE

Picture Book Review: Emily Gravett’s OLD HAT

Old Hat, Emily Gravett, Pan Macmillan, 2018 Synopsis: Harbet had a hat. His Nana had knitted it for him when he was little. Harbet likes his comfy knitted hat, but the others keep jeering at him – OLD HAT! OLD HAT! No matter what headwear he buys – be it a towering fruit platter hat, an old-boot-on-the-head hat or READ MORE

Review: Stone Girl, by Eleni Hale

Stone Girl, Eleni Hale, Penguin YA, 2018   A heartbreaking novel of raw survival and hope, and the children society likes to forget. A stunning and unforgettable debut YA novel for mature readers. An unspeakable event changes everything for Sophie. No more Mum, school or bed of her own. She’s made a ward of the READ MORE

#BookReview: Juno Jones Word Ninja by Kate Gordon

#junojoneswordninja #blogtour #booksontourpr #day3 Juno Jones Word Ninja #1, Kate Gordon (author), Sandy Flett (illus.), Yellow Brick Books, April 2019.   Blurb: A DISASTER HAS HAPPENED! Muttonbird Bay Primary might be closing. I mean, FOREVER. Juno Jones loves her school, but the Men in Suits want to close it down! And there’s only one thing READ MORE

Book Review: The Relic of the Blue Dragon by Rebecca Lim

The Relic of the Blue Dragon, Rebecca Lim, Allen and Unwin, 2018 When Harley Spark accidentally releases Qing, one of five dragon sisters, from the ancient vase she’s been trapped in for centuries, he is soon on a dangerous international mission with Qing to find and free her four sisters. Harley gave a little shiver READ MORE