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52 Mondays

52 Mondays, by Anna Ciddor, is a fictionalised account of the author’s childhood in 1960s Australia. This is about as gentle and inoffensive a book as you could hope for, one that succeeds in pleasantly evoking the sights, sounds and smells of the era while offering the reader insight into Australia’s Jewish community. The problem…

Boy Underwater

Boy Underwater is a beautiful novel brimming with heart, humour and poignancy. Easily enjoyed by a broad spectrum of ages, the journey of Cymbeline Igloo (yes, that’s really his name) as he attempts to uncover the mystery of why his mother never took him swimming proves itself a deeply moving portrait of a fractured family.…

Double Felix

Double Felix by Sally Harris is a wonderful book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began. Initially, I suspected something quirky and whimsical and while the book certainly boasts those qualities, its underlying message is pertinent to the point that I think as many schools and parents as possible should have their children…

Firebird

Firebird, by Elizabeth Wein, is an excellent crossover book for children looking to sink their teeth into something a little more involved than what they might be used to. Those with a knack for history are sure to find plenty to love about this gripping World War II novel. Nastia is a prodigy fighter pilot…

Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell is a collection of short stories that serves as a companion to Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Mowgli’s ravenous appetite for stories takes him all over the jungle, seeking out his animal friends who relay to him tales from their past. One thing that is immediately apparent is the volume’s…

Me and Mrs Moon

Me and Mrs Moon by Helen Bate is a graphic novel whose primary aim is to reach out to children with a friend or loved one suffering from dementia. Maisie and Dylan’s elderly neighbour Mrs Moon may as well be a second grandmother to them. So much so that they even call her Granny Moon.…

Speak

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a graphic novel retelling of the 1999 novel of the same name and author. The original text was notable for its candid tackling of sexual assault, and the trauma it causes. It faced censorship then, but in an era where more and more victims are finding their voice, Anderson’s…

The Last Human

The Last Human by Lee Bacon is a sci-fi adventure novel about an unlikely friendship between man and machine. In a not-so-distant future, the human race has been eliminated and robots reign supreme. Everything is orderly. Everything is adequate. Without humans, there is no war, pollution or suffering. XR, a twelve-year-old robot living in this…

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