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Children's and YA book reviews and interviews

Choose your own adventures: 2017 children’s and YA preview x

Next year will see the launch of Affirm Press’ children’s list, starting with A Walk in the Bush (Gwyn Perkins, March), ‘a joyful story about enjoying nature and... Read more

1, 2 Pirate Stew
Kylie Howarth, Five Mile Press, March 2017, reviewed by Margaret Hamilton

This book is all about the joy of playing in a cardboard box, which seems to have been largely replaced these days by more complicated activities, but is still a... Read more

Thank You Dish
Trace Balla, A&U, March 2017, reviewed by Amy Nicholls-Diver

Thank You Dish is a whimsical picture book from Trace Balla, author and illustrator of Rivertime and Rockhopping. The book centres on Grace and Mama, who are thanking the people,... Read more

Under the Love Umbrella
Davina Bell, illus by Allison Colpoys, Scribble, March 2017, reviewed by Anica Boulanger-Mashberg

Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys’ previous collaboration was the superb, award-winning The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade, and their follow-up, Under the Love Umbrella, has a similar charm—if not quite the same... Read more

A Walk in the Bush
Gwyn Perkins, Affirm Press, March 2017, reviewed by Thuy On

Iggy has to be coaxed out of his various hidey holes to visit the great outdoors. With his keen guardian (possibly a grandfather), Iggy is taken to the bush and... Read more

Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky
Robert Newton, Puffin, March 2017, reviewed by Carody Culver

Thirteen-year-old Lexie lives in a grey housing commission flat in Melbourne and dreams of starting a new life on the Sunshine Coast. She’s struggling to deal with her junkie mum,... Read more

The Turnkey
Allison Rushby, Walker Books, March 2017, reviewed by Maria H Alessandrino

Witnessing the turbulence and devastation of World War II during the London Blitz would prove challenging for any 12-year-old girl, but Flossie Birdwhistle is no ordinary girl—she is a ghost.... Read more

Ballad for a Mad Girl
Vikki Wakefield, Text, March 2017, reviewed by Bec Kavanagh

Grace is the prankster in her group of friends, the odd one of the odd ones out. She’s always been known for taking a joke further, and for being the... Read more



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