Review: A fun-filled junior fiction sports series suitable for kids of all abilities

Ball Stars: The Bench Warmers, David Lawrence (author), James Hart (illus.), Random House, 2017 Synopsis:  Meet the Bench Warmers – Danny, Crystal, Angie, Omyr, Leanne and Cody. They're the new basketball players at Robdale Primary and according to hot shot Greg 'The Goat' McGriffin, they don't have a chance of winning a lunchtime game. But when the gang are picked as part of the school squad things start to look up. SWISH! Can the newbies shake off their name in the upcoming interschool comp...
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Review: A New Series Perfect for Fans of Horrible Histories

How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle, Nick Falk (author), Tony Flowers (illus.), Random House, 2016 Brief Synopsis: Join three friends as they use their imagination, settle playground scores and alter the entire course of history in the process! Author Nick Falk and illustrator Tony Flowers have created a number of books together in the past, including the popular Samurai vs. Ninja series. Like those books, How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle is loads of fun and a guaranteed p...
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More Top Picks from 2015  

Last month I ended the year with a Top 15 of '15 with books carefully selected by my six year old. Choosing only a small number of favourites out of the many, many fabulous children's books out there is always a tricky task, so we're making another list! This time, I'm basing these on my observations of my recently-turned three year old's engagement with these books over the past few months. And here they are, in titled alphabetical order.   Alfie's Lost Sharkie, Anna Walker (author, illus.)...
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