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New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains 11 reviews of books publishing in September 2016.

Cath Crowley’s YA novel Words in Deep Blue received the highest star rating, scoring 4.5 stars from reviewer Meg Whelan. Crowley’s new novel about grieving teenager Rachel and her once best friend and unrequited love Henry is set largely against the backdrop of a Melbourne used bookstore. Whelan writes, that it is a ‘love letter to books and bookshops, to the ocean, to falling in love and finding your way’, and interviewed the author about portraying grief and the inspiration behind the bookstore here.

Reviewer Dani Solomon also interviewed Jessica Miller about her debut middle-grade mystery Elizabeth and Zenobia (Text). Solomon awarded the book four stars and writes that it is perfect for readers looking for ‘a simple, good-old-fashioned scary manor mystery’. ‘I cannot wait to hand-sell it,’ she writes.

Also reviewed are:

Picture books:

The Little Bad Wolf (Sam Bowring, illus by Lachlan Creagh, Lothian); Mechanica: A Beginner’s Field Guide (Lance Balchin, The Five Mile Press); One Photo (Ross Watkins, illus by Liz Anelli, Viking); and The Pied Piper (Ayesha L Rubio, The Five Mile Press).

Younger readers:

The Grabbem Getaway: Axel and BEAST Book One (Adrian C Bott, illus by Andy Isaac, Hardie Grant Egmont); Skyfire: The Seven Signs Book One (Michael Adams, Scholastic); Two Troll Tales from Norway (Magrete Lamond, illus by Ingrid Kallick, Christmas Press); and Valdur the Viking and the Ghostly Goths (Craig Cormick, Ford Street).

Young adult:

The Book That Made Me (ed by Judith Ridge, Walker Books).

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