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Year of Wonders
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this a lot, but with some reservations. First of all, I knew the basic story very well from Jill Paton Walsh's wonderful c ...more
Jan 2008
Aug 28, 2007
Paper Towns
I am liking every John Green book better than the last. I wasn't a huge fan of "Looking for Alaska" (I couldn't bring myself to care much for those ov ...more
Sep 15, 2008
Sep 15, 2008
All I Ever Wanted
I loved this debut novel (published by Text—who are publishing some really interesting YA fiction). It's the story of 16 year old Mim Dodd (Jemima, a ...more
Jun 03, 2011
Jun 03, 2011
The Castle Corona
I enjoyed this a lot, but even so, I found it undercooked at several points. I don't think Creech was attempting a radical overhaul of the fairy tale ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
Cicada Summer
This is a wonderful children's novel in the tradition of classics like The Secret Garden and Tom's Midnight Garden. Eloise is grieving for her dead mo ...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 12, 2009
Eleanor & Park
2 chapters in and already I'm a little bit in love with it.

And now I'm finished and I'm completely in love with it. I don't know of a book that so bea
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
On the Jellicoe Road
A complete departure from Marchetta's first two novels, which is why I suspect it has been overlooked in awards and other attention. I loved it—I love ...more
Jan 2006
Feb 21, 2008
The Water's Lovely
I've been a Rendell/Vine fan since I read "A Fatal Inversion". Nothing has ever come up to the breathtaking experience of that book, but nevertheless ...more
Jan 2006
Aug 28, 2007
The First Third
This has made it into the list of my top YA books for the year. Will's second novel is wry and funny, wise and sad. It's beautifully written with warm ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
I am a huge fan of Pratchett's children's fiction--I think Johnny and the Dead is one of the all time great children's books, and I'm sorry it's not m ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 31, 2008
Case Histories (Jackson Brodie, #1)
I loved this book. Each section tells a different story of a family tragedy involving a crime (one disappearance and two murders). Each case is invest ...more
Jun 2007
Aug 28, 2007
Saving Francesca
The book that proved that Marchetta's latent talent, as demonstrated in her debut "Looking for Alibrandi", wasn't a flash in the pan. A far more matur ...more
Jan 2006
Feb 19, 2008
The Thirteenth Tale
Echoes of 19th century gothic literature colour this stately novel of biography and secrets. I loved it—it's a ripping good yarn in that peculiarly En ...more
Dec 2007
Feb 19, 2008
The London Eye Mystery
A reasonably good mystery for younger readers, but I found the characterisation of the Asperger's protagonist/narrator inconsistent and not always bel ...more
Apr 26, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
I read this a long time ago, but I know I loved it! Must re-read...
Jan 1999
Feb 19, 2008
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
I do wish Goodreads allowed you to give half stars, because I really only want to give this three and a half--but I'm erring on the side of generosity ...more
Jul 21, 2008
Jul 21, 2008
Indigo Girls (Girlfriend Fiction, #2)
Allen and Unwin have just launched a new series of fiction for teenage girls under the Girlfriend Fiction banner. Girlfriend is a magazine ostensibly ...more
Feb 25, 2008
Feb 25, 2008
The Brief History of the Dead
I wanted to give this three and a half stars, but apparently I can't. I really thought this was wonderful--my downrating of it is because I found that ...more
Jul 2006
Aug 28, 2007
The Graveyard Book
Wonderful. This is exactly the kind of book I loved best as a child, and gave me at 44 the reading experience that characterised my childhood reading. ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 24, 2008
Only Ever Always
I loved Penni Russon's mysterious, elliptical novel of place, dreams, grief and identity. I was going to add time to that list, but that's not strictl ...more
Jul 27, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Ghost's Child
I am not generally a big fan of Sonya Hartnett. It's not that I don't appreciate the skill of her writing, I just never feel emotionally connected to ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 22, 2008
My annual after Christmas summer reading ritual almost always involves a new Ruth Rendell novel. This year was no different; I bought Portobello with ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 31, 2008
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
This is such a charmer of a book, gentle and funny and completely satisfying. I love the understated way the dad's inability to deal with the world is ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 22, 2008
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
I've wanted to read this forever, and it didn't disappoint. Brilliant characterisation and superb writing. I read the Penguin Favourites edition with ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Disappointing so far. The amnesia just seems to be a not-terribly-well executed device for a "nasty girl turned nice" story. I'm hoping it will improv ...more
Dec 20, 2007
Sep 26, 2007
The 10 PM Question
This novel for older children and younger teenagers is an intricately structured, sophisticated character study. It is a carefully crafted novel that ...more
Feb 2009
Feb 18, 2009
Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House
I stayed up until 5 o'clock in the morning reading this. Well, OK, I couldn't sleep, so I kept turning the light on and reading just one more chapter. ...more
Apr 2009
May 06, 2009
Three Junes
I ate up every word of this book. It was perfect travel reading (I read it while on my recent trip to England) and I devoured it in big chunks on plan ...more
Jul 2009
Jul 15, 2009
Disclaimer—Marie-Louise is a dear friend and one of the loveliest people I know. She's been a picture book artist and writer for many years, and this ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
A Bus Called Heaven
Every time I read a new Bob Graham book, I nearly always think it's my new favourite Bob Graham book—but this time it might really be my all-time favo ...more
Oct 2011
Nov 01, 2011
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