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New ‘Books+Publishing Junior’ reviews out now

Books+Publishing’s latest Junior newsletter contains nine reviews of books publishing in June and July.

The two highest-scoring titles were Kyle Hughes-Odgers’ picture-book One Thousand Trees (Fremantle Press, July) and Peter Carnavas’ junior novel The Elephant (UQP, July), with four-and-a-half stars each.

Reviewer Anica Boulanger-Mashberg describes One Thousand Trees as a ‘beautiful, dreamy contemplation’. ‘Each page offers a new way that Frankie might embrace the trees, and there is a rich subtext about the human need to escape the bleak blue-grey palette and sharp angles of the city for the movement, freedom and comfort of nature.’

Reviewer Lian Hingee writes of The Elephant: ‘This tender story shows how grief and depression can be a prominent force in the lives of children and how it affects entire families. But ultimately, it’s a story about the empathetic and resilient Olive and her ability to find joy in unlikely places.’

Also reviewed are:

Picture books:

The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster: Polly and Buster Book One (Sally Rippin, HGE, June), Peas and Quiet (Gabrielle Tozer, illus by Sue DeGennaro, HarperCollins, July) and The Sloth Who Came to Stay (Margaret Wild, illus by Vivienne To, A&U, July)

Younger readers:

Cyclones and Shadows (Pat Dudgeon, Laura Dudgeon, Sabrina Dudgeon & Darlene Oxenham, Fremantle Press, July), The Fall (Tristan Bancks, Random House, June) and Marsh and Me (Martine Murray, Text, July)

Young adult:

My Lovely Frankie (Judith Clarke, A&U, July).

This month’s newsletter also features interviews with Peter Carnavas and Tristan Bancks.

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