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Children's and YA book reviews and interviews

Catching Teller Crow
Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, A&U, September 2018, reviewed by Karen Wyld

Siblings Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina have teamed up again on this distinctly Australian hybrid YA novel that blends thriller, crime and ghost story elements. Set... Read more
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Reaching out: Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina on ‘Catching Teller Crow’

Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina’s Catching Teller Crow (A&U, September) is a ‘distinctly Australian hybrid YA novel that blends thriller, crime and ghost story elements’, writes reviewer... Read more

Grumpy Bear, Grouchy Bear
Lynn Ward, illus by Monty Lee, Yellow Brick Books, September 2018, reviewed by Margaret Hamilton

Bear is desperately hungry and searching everywhere for food. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t catch anything to eat. A series of accidents distracts him from his hunt... Read more

Maddie's First Day
Penny Matthews, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker Books, September 2018, reviewed by Thuy On

Written for preschoolers who may be feeling nervous about their next educational chapter, Penny Matthews’ picture book takes us through the exhilarating journey of a little girl’s first day at... Read more

Waiting for Chicken Smith
David Mackintosh, Little Hare, September 2018, reviewed by Margaret Hamilton

The nameless narrator of this story has been coming to the same beach with his family for summer holidays for many years. He’s there this year with his sister and... Read more

The Institute of Fantastical Inventions: Book One
Dave Leys, illus by Shane Ogilvie, Harbour Publishing, September 2018, reviewed by Phil Lesnie

Brilliant super-scientist Leo McGuffin works at the Institute of Fantastical Inventions, a laboratory that delivers creative, high-concept solutions to realising people’s fantasies. Be it a desire to fly, play underwater... Read more

I Had Such Friends
Meg Gatland-Veness, Pantera Press, August 2018, reviewed by L J Lacey

Hamish is a nobody. Less than a nobody. A poor year 12 farm boy with one friend—who is an even bigger loser. But his world is suddenly turned upside down... Read more



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