Review: The Trouble in Tune Town by Maura Pierlot

#thetroubleintunetown #blogblast #booksontour #day3 Today we will be reviewing Maura Pierlot and Sophie Norsa's energetic and colourful story, The Trouble in Tune Town! We hope you enjoy this musical adventure! 🎶 The Trouble in Tune Town, Maura Pierlot (author), Sophie Norsa (illus.),Little Steps Publishing, August 2017. Joint Winner Best Illustrated E-Book (IPPY 2018). Blurb: Meg is Tune Town's best music performer, but she's having trouble rehearsing. So much trouble, in fact...
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No History to Speak Of – A teaser for Sympath

#TheSentinelsOfEden #BlogTour #BooksOnTour #Day7 No History To Speak Of: A teaser to Sympath – Sentinels of Eden #3 by Carolyn Denman The envelope fell to the floor, ignored in favour of its contents. George Durante let his eyes blur, feeling his heart thud against his ribs, but when he focussed his vision again, the numbers on the letter in front of him hadn’t changed. Must be a mistake. Too many digits. He opened the locked file behind the till, flicking through the files to ‘D’ and drew...
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Barramundi Triangle – A Teaser for Songlines

#SentinelsOfEden #BlogTour #BooksOnTour #Day1   Barramundi Triangle... A Teaser for Songlines – Sentinels of Eden #1 by Carolyn Denman Chapter 3 The river didn’t seem to care how much trouble we were in. It just kept singing its way past us as we sat on our favourite rocks in the little sandy curve below my house. I broke off a piece of stick and threw it as far across the water as I could and then watched as it was swallowed, becoming part of the river itself, sweeping out of...
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Introducing Carolyn Denman and Sympath

#TheSentinelsOfEden #BooksOnTour #BlogTour #Day1 Introducing... Just Write For Kids and Books On Tour are thrilled to introduce YA fantasy novelist, Carolyn Denman for 7 days of blog tour magic! 🌳 🍎 😇 Carolyn Denman grew up in suburban Melbourne but always liked to pretend she was in the country by hiding out by the tiny creek behind her house. Many worlds were invented there. She never, however, expected to write about them. She became a science geek, completing h...
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Katrina McKelvey – Going Places

Katrina  McKelvey is going places because she has gone places - in a fearless way that makes me awestruck. Doing this interview with Katrina made me laugh at the way she throws herself in, boots and all, and makes me jealous for even a little bit of her fearlessness. The great thing is, it's all paid off! After kicking off with her first picture book, Dandelions (EK Books), illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan, Katrina has three more on the way - one due out in October this year and two more in 2...
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Behind the scenes of The Children’s Bookshop

Paul MacDonald, owner of The Children’s Bookshop, Beecoft, NSW addressed The Northern Sydney Sub branch of the CBCA recently, sharing his knowledge and experience of the Children’s Literature industry from a bookseller’s perspective. The following is a summary of the information I took home from the event. Thanks also to my 'brains trust'  Brydie Wright, Paula Stevenson and Elizabeth Foster and for their contributions to this post. Firstly, about Paul If you read Paul’s biography you’l...
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Aura Parker – Sprouting Wings PART 2

In part two of this interview, author/illustrator Aura Parker speaks about her upcoming books, her agent, engaging kids with books and her top tips for those wanting to squeeze into the industry. Read or refresh you memory of Part 1 here. Cocoon is coming out this November, what can you tell us about this book? I am excited about Cocoon. It is an uplifting story about an optimistic little caterpillar who enjoys a nice leaf or two. Funnily enough, patience and resilience feature strongly in...
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Picture book review: Bubbles and Puddles

Review: Bubbles and Puddles, Michelle Wanasundera (author), Thana-one Yazawa (llustrator.), Lilly Pilly Publishing, 2017 “These are perfect stories to read before I go to sleep.” These were the words my 7-year-old son spoke after I read him the first page-long story in Bubbles and Puddles, a collection of delightfully eclectic rhyming stories, covering a diverse range of subjects. Described by the author as narratives celebrating all the things little ones love, while nurturing a lo...
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The Wildly Intrepid Jan Latta – part 2

In Part 2 of finding out how intrepid pioneer Jan Latta carved out for herself a publishing niche, Jan talks about some stories behind her adventures and her marketing and promotion strategies. To recap part one, click here. Jan, how do you walk the fine line between fact and fiction in bringing the animals stories to life? How much do you attribute human emotions/motivations to them?  The True to Life Books are called creative non-fiction because the animals ‘talk’ to children in the text...
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A walk through Walker Books

I first heard Linsay Knight at a CBCA conference speaking about poetry, before she became the publisher at Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. Then, earlier this year, I had the good fortune to pitch a manuscript to her at a literary speed dating event where I found her to be engaging and responsive. Recently, I heard her speak about Walker Books at the recent SCBWI Christmas Party. I wasn’t quick enough to secure one of the manuscript assessments that Linsay was giving that day, but I heard...
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