Book Review: Wrestle! By Maya Newell, Charlotte Mars, and Gus Skattebol-James, illustrated by Tom Jellett

  Wrestle! By Maya Newell, Charlotte Mars, and Gus Skattebol-James, illustrated by Tom Jellett, Allen and Unwin, 2019. From the publisher: I love wrestling. When I grow up, I want to be just like my wrestling heroes: big and tough, with really huge muscles. The only problem is, my mums don’t like fighting… A funny READ MORE

Book Review: Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal, by Anna Whateley

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal, Anna Whateley, Allen and Unwin, 2020 From the publisher: At sixteen, neurodivergent Peta Lyre is the success story of social training. That is, until she finds herself on a school ski trip – and falling in love with the new girl. Peta will need to decide which rules to keep, and READ MORE

Book Review: Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Deep Water, Sarah Epstein, Allen and Unwin, 2020   From the publisher: HENRY WEAVER IS MISSING Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station.   MASON WEAVER IS TRAPPED While Mason doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable 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

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

Book Review: Guts, by Raina Telgemeier

Guts, Raina Telgemeier, Scholastic, 2019   From the Publisher: Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just READ MORE

Book Review: Dear Sweet Pea, by Julie Murphy

Dear Sweet Pea, Julie Murphy, HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 2019 From the publisher: Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one READ MORE

The JWFK Members’ Top Picks of 2019!

Last year I decided that for me to pick only a handful of favourite children’s books would be a little self-indulgent, and to be honest, way too difficult with the insurmountable amount of quality books released in Australia each year. So, I drew upon the brains trust of the Just Write For Kids author and READ MORE

Book review: The Goldfish Boy, by Lisa Thompson

The Goldfish Boy, Lisa Thompson, Scholastic, 2017 From the publisher: Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn’t been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbours from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Winners 2019

Just Write For Kids Australia held its second annual writing competition for Australian writers of children’s literature throughout September this year. The aim was to forward a pitch for a manuscript to a publisher that is focused, concise and appealing; showcasing a strength in voice, marketability and writing ability. Our judging panel meticulously analysed each READ MORE