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Are You Seeing Me?
3.81
Funny and profoundly moving, this is a book everyone should read. It's about seeing the person in all their unique glory, not just the disability, or ...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
 
The Minnow
3.58
Unique, beguiling and wondrous strange. Meet Tom, adrift at 14, and pregnant to Bill, a menacing charmer more than twice her age. Tom talks to the dea ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
 
Writing Clementine
4.22
An endearing read about darling Clementine's floundering attempts at navigating the treacherous waters of Year Nine. With trouble at home, pressure fr ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
 
Tigerfish
3.81
The brilliant authentic voice drew me in, and the quality of the writing kept me reading as the pace of the narrative ebbed and flowed. Ryan Lanyon is ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
 
The Midnight Dress
3.67
Richly textured, evocative and entrancing, this exquisitely written second novel surpasses Karen Foxlee's brilliant award-winning debut, The Anatomy o ...more
Mar 30, 2013
Feb 09, 2013
 
The Incredible Here and Now
3.49
A lyrical homage to brotherly love and loss in Sydney's western suburbs, told in a series of vignettes from the perspective of fifteen year old bereav ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
 
Dust
3.07
Like many first novels, Dust is autobiographical fiction, set in the time and place in which I grew up. Writing it changed my life. It made me into a ...more
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Jan 27, 2010
 
Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel
4.26
Inhaled this in a two-night laugh-fest. Hats off to MGB, the Ishmael series just keeps getting better. He has produced a corker of a read in this thir ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
 
Admission (Pandora Jones, #1)
3.81
Three stars for the apocalyptic and gripping premise, which I did enjoy, though I kept tripping over details that took me out of the story. Like chara ...more
Jun 04, 2014
May 28, 2014
 
Only Ever Always
3.47
Four-and-a-half stars for this eerie and unorthodox YA novel that tracks the pain of loss and leaving childhood behind across parallel lives. Claire's ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
 
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (The Tribe #1)
3.90
Really enjoyed this clever, fast-paced Australian take on post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction by debut novelist Ambelin Kwaymullina. It's a first in a ...more
Jul 26, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
 
Head of the River
4.34
A compelling cautionary tale on the uber-competitiveness in school sports driving kids to take supplements and worse. Kept me up late, which is someth ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
 
The First Third
4.08
Just bloody loved this. Made me laugh, made me cry and had everything I need in a book. Love, loss, laughs - and moussaka. Five stars.
Oct 04, 2014
Jul 18, 2013
 
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl
4.08
Liked this from page one, loved it by the end. Full of heart, cracker one-liners, and friends you can't bear to leave. Five stars.
Dec 12, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
 
Shimmer (The Rephaim, #3)
4.29
Cliff hanger - noooooooo! How can I wait till 2015 for the last book in this stellar series? *stamps foot and sulks*
Jul 07, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
 
Intruder
3.95
Some stories start in dark places and, prompted by the question 'What if...?' emerge slowly into the light. This story started when my daughter was wo ...more
not set
Jun 19, 2014
 
Grace beside me
3.47
A lovely, slice-of-indigenous-life, set in 2008, the year that Kevin Rudd said sorry to the Stolen Generation. The teen protagonist, Fuzzy Mac, is a g ...more
Jun 03, 2013
May 30, 2013
 
Life in Outer Space
4.08
This is the funniest, most endearing and adorkable book I have read in forever. Worth it for the movie references alone. But then there's the cracking ...more
Apr 17, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
 
The Piper's Son
4.06
The breakfast milk went warm on the bench while I laughed and sobbed through the final chapters of this book. Beautiful, heart-wrenching and real, Mel ...more
Jan 2010
Apr 14, 2010
 
Six Impossible Things
3.83
Fourteen-year-old nerd-boy Dan Cereill (pronounced surreal) has lost everything.
His family is bankrupt, his dad gay, his Mum is sabotaging her own wed
...more
Feb 2011
Nov 20, 2010
 
Pig Boy
3.54
A confronting and compelling read that confounds your expectations. An unlikeable outsider becomes the boy most likely to commit a Columbine-style mas ...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
 
Votive (Curse of the Bond Rider #2)
4.07
Compulsively readable second installment in Karen Brooks's Curse of the Bond Riders trilogy. The gentle candlemaker Tallow has been suborned by the co ...more
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
 
Suburban Freak Show
3.12
Witty, cynical and ultimately feel-good YA novel about Uni, green evangelism, partying and post-structuralist ethical dilemmas. In the words of its pr ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
 
Burn Bright (Night Creatures, #1)
3.71
Burn Bright will find an enthusiastic readership amongst teen lovers of dark fantasy, and I have to admit I'm keen to read the next in the series, Ang ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 29, 2011
 
Shift
3.73
YA psychological thriller of the year. A genre-busting, riveting gallop of a read that examines toxic friendship through a more sinister lens. This wi ...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
 
Yellowcake
3.37
Like Joyce Carol Oates, Margo Lanagan is a stunningly original voice with a unique artistic vision. This latest collection is beautifully written, mes ...more
Feb 07, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
The Coming of the Whirlpool (Ship Kings, #1)
3.72
All the hallmarks of a swash-buckling classic from Miles Franklin award-winning author Andrew McGahan. The first in the Ship Kings series, 'The Coming ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
 
When We Wake (When We Wake, #1)
3.67
Fast-paced dystopian romance meets environmental-slash-geopolitical thriller. Would make a great movie.
May 28, 2013
May 28, 2013
 
Black Spring
3.26
Atmospheric homage to Wuthering Heights with witches, wizards and vendetta.
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 07, 2013
 
Graffiti Moon
3.89
A lyrical, beautifully-crafted novel told seamlessly through three voices: Ed, a functionally illiterate high-school drop-out who moonlights as the my ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 20, 2011
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