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Children's and YA book reviews and interviews


Jane’s addiction: Jane Covernton’s career journey x

‘I had accidentally stumbled upon the job of my life,’ writes Jane Covernton about her entry into children’s publishing. The co-founder of Omnibus Books and... Read more

Diamond Jack: History Mysteries Book One
Mark Greenwood, Puffin, February 2017, reviewed by Heath Graham

Even as World War II rages, Jack Palmer spends his time on his boat wandering up and down the coast of Western Australia. Meanwhile, the... Read more

Gus Dog Goes to Work
Rachel Flynn, illus by Craig Smith, Working Title, February 2017, reviewed by Anica Boulanger-Mashberg

Gus Dog Goes to Work chronicles all the tremendously exciting things a well-meaning sheepdog could possibly get involved with when (inexplicably) his owner doesn’t follow the usual routine of taking... Read more

Our Dog Benji
Pete Carter & James Henderson, EK Books, February 2017, reviewed by Thuy On

Many kids are fussy eaters; many dogs are not. With this simple premise Pete Carter sets up his picture book, ably supported by illustrator James Henderson. Benji, the little boy’s... Read more

Lisette's Paris Notebook
Catherine Bateson, A&U, January 2017, reviewed by Meg Whelan

When Lisette arrives in Paris for the summer, she thinks she’s prepared. She has a great wardrobe, she’s staying with her mother’s psychic, and surely before long she’ll be checking... Read more

Jodi McAlister, Penguin, February 2017, reviewed by Michael Earp

A strange, black-as-midnight horse appears during a party. Frustratingly good-looking Finn throws a horseshoe at it, scaring it off before Marie can pat it and adding to the list of... Read more



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