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Children's and YA book reviews and interviews

One Tree
Christopher Cheng illus by Bruce Whatley, Puffin, April 2019, reviewed by Louise Pfanner

Grandfather used to live happily on a farm, nearest the tallest tree on a mountain. Now he lives with his family in a small apartment... Read more
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Our Little Inventor
Sher Rill Ng, A&U, April 2019, reviewed by Thuy On

Little Nell has been furiously working away at her desk, her room cloaked in gloom. But she’s finally finished her invention. Despite her younger brother’s scoffing, Nell is adamant that... Read more

Wilam: A Birrarung Story
Aunty Joy Murphy & Andrew Kelly, illus by Lisa Kennedy, Black Dog, April 2019, reviewed by Karen Wyld

Wilam is an illustrated children’s book about Birrarung (the Yarra River) and some of the native animals that live nearby. Aunty Joy Murphy, a Wurundjeri Elder, is the author of... Read more

Horse Warrior
Meredith Jaffé, Harbour Publishing, April 2019, reviewed by Angela Crocombe

In this medieval fantasy for middle-grade readers, 11-year-old Maia is desperate to compete in the annual Tournament of Avenal, a showcase of riding and shooting skills. But girls are not... Read more

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery
Renée Treml, A&U, April 2019, reviewed by Anica Boulanger-Mashberg

Middle primary readers seem to have an unquenchable thirst for illustrated, funny novels, with kids devouring series after series of the ‘Treehouse’ books, ‘The Bad Guys’, and ‘Dog Man’. Renée... Read more

The Honeyman and the Hunter
Neil Grant, A&U, April 2019, reviewed by M H Alessandrino

When 16-year-old Rudra’s estranged grandmother arrives from India to reunite with her only daughter, it unlocks a side of Rudra’s family and culture that he never knew; born and raised... Read more

Rebellion at Eureka
Alan Tucker, Scholastic, April 2019, reviewed by Heath Graham

It’s 1854, and now that Alf is 13 years old and finally done with school, he wants some independence. But his mum has other ideas, moving their general store business... Read more

The Secret Runners of New York
Matthew Reilly, Macmillan, April 2019, reviewed by Stefen Brazulaitis

A school for the children of the wealthy elite is not where you would expect a book about the end of the world to be set, but that’s what Matthew... Read more

Ondine Sherman, Pantera, April 2019, reviewed by Katie Haydon

Fifteen-year-old animal lover Sky has had her world turned upside down. Her mum has died, she is sent to live with Aunt Paula (a virtual stranger who cries constantly and... Read more



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