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Children's and YA book reviews and interviews

Catch a Falling Star
Meg McKinlay, Walker Books, March 2019, reviewed by Tehani Croft

It’s the late 1970s in rural Western Australia, and 12-year-old Frankie’s life isn’t always easy. Her mother works all the time, so Frankie looks after... Read more
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Learning to be brave: Anna Walker on ‘Lottie and Walter’ x

Anna Walker’s Lottie and Walter (Picture Puffin, March) tells the story of a little girl who is scared to get in the water, but who finds... Read more

Baz & Benz
Heidi McKinnon, A&U, March 2019, reviewed by Thuy On

The titular Baz and Benz are a pair of owls: a small blue one and a larger green one. At the start of the book, they agree wholeheartedly that they... Read more

Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six
Jane Godwin, illus by A Yi, A&U, March 2019, reviewed by Michael Earp

Despite his parents’ concerns, Ivanhoe Swift leaves home at the age of six to see the world for himself. And so begins a dreamlike journey of self-discovery and gaining independence.... Read more

Let Me Sleep, Sheep
Meg McKinlay, illus by Leila Rudge, Walker Books, March 2019, reviewed by Michael Earp

The award-winning duo behind the animal adventure picture books No Bears and Once upon a Small Rhinoceros are back with a new book that tells the story of young sleep-deprived... Read more

Lottie and Walter
Anna Walker, Picture Puffin, March 2019, reviewed by Bronte Coates

Following in the tradition of her previous works Mr Huff and Florence, Anna Walker once again pays tribute to the creativity and resilience of children in this tale of a... Read more

Yahoo Creek
Tohby Riddle, A&U, March 2019, reviewed by Bronte Coates

In this imaginative work, Tohby Riddle delves into the mystery of the yahoo (or the yowie, as it is commonly known today). Reported sightings of these large, hairy beasts were... Read more

52 Mondays
Anna Ciddor, A&U, March 2019, reviewed by Karys McEwen

52 Mondays is the latest middle-grade novel from Anna Ciddor, written in the same classic storytelling tradition as her previous work, The Family with Two Front Doors. A fictionalised account... Read more

Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories
ed by Tobias Madden, Nero, March 2019, reviewed by Jordi Kerr

Following the success of its predecessor Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, new anthology Underdog celebrates up-and-coming writers of Australian young adult fiction, with submissions received via an open call-out.... Read more

You Must Be Layla
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Penguin, March 2019, reviewed by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Thirteen-year-old Layla has landed a scholarship at a prestigious private school where no one looks like her. She’s a creative kid who loves singing and making jewellery, but many of... Read more



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