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Tara Calaby

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Tara Calaby is a a English-Australian writer and editor, currently living in Melbourne, Australia with their incredible wife and far too many books and DVDs. Calaby is currently a PhD candidate in English, researching women in colonial Victorian asylums, and has Masters degrees in history and creative writing.

Their first national publication credit was a rhyming poem about friendship in Dolly magazine. It was awful, but at least it wasn't about a boy.

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Tara Calaby Alas, no :( But I've had Butler on my Need To Try list for some time now. I'll get around to it eventually! (So many books. So little time.)
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This is an author profile, but I am very much on GR as a reader. I will not spam you with recommendations of stuff I'm in and I realise that three star reviews are good! I am always very happy to accept Goodreads friends requests from other readers :)

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The Bad Place by Dean Koontz
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I remember this as being my favourite Koontz book from back when I was pretty into his stuff as a teenager. (I think that it was a lot to do with the queer twin sisters.) It didn't hold up so well for me. The starting section, which is meant to be ac ...more
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Elizabeth's Video Fever by Francine Pascal
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This is another strongly moral SVK book, with video game addiction getting the Sweet Valley treatment. The game itself isn't exactly the sort of thing that makes people WoW widows in this day and age—it reminded me more of Frogger!—but this was 1993 ...more
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Elizabeth's Broken Arm by Francine Pascal
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This one was a bit frustrating for me, because it included smug!Elizabeth, who is my second least favourite Elizabeth, after self-righteous emo Elizabeth. I also thought that the issues between the twins were caused almost entirely by the adults in t ...more
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The Case of the Christmas Thief by Francine Pascal
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This is one of the weaker Snooper books, IMO, but I think it would probably be more relevant to the small kids it's aimed at, as they're more likely to be horrified by the loss of their special Christmas things. Once again, there's no punishment for ...more
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The Best Thanksgiving Ever by Francine Pascal
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This one very definitely has a strong moral running throughout the book, but it's a good one for kids to learn: that homeless people are people too. I'm surprised that it wasn't more explicit about how the message fits into the Thanksgiving theme, bu ...more
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Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick
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This one was quite slow in the first half, but picked up towards the end. I liked the growing friendship between the new step-siblings but found the idea of their parents taking off for weeks and leaving them alone in a brand-new town quite ridiculou ...more
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Dark Magic by Miriam Lynch
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The most interesting part about this book was that it really reminded me of just how formal the language in YA used to be, before YA became the huge thing that it is these days.

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Second Child by John Saul
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This isn't terribly written or anything. It's a DNF because I just couldn't go on reading about the physical and emotional abuse of the younger child in the book.
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Caroline's Halloween Spell by Francine Pascal
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It was nice to have it be Elizabeth succumbing to imagination and catastrophic thinking for a change, instead of having it always be Jessica! Here she and her friends manage to get themselves into a complete state thinking that gossipy Caroline Pearc ...more
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Left Back! by Francine Pascal
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I think this does a great job of showing kids that being kept back a year doesn't necessarily mean that you're stupid—that there can be other reasons for being behind in school, like moving around a lot or, as in Kisho's case, not having English as y ...more
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“Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn't. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

Daphne du Maurier
“Little notes, scrawled on half-sheets of paper, and letters, when he was away, page after page, intimate, their news. Her voice, echoing through the house, and down the garden, careless and familiar like the writing in the book.
And I had to call him Maxim.”
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Vikki Wakefield
“I know that this is as close as I'll ever get. He's broken in ways I'm not.”
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Ernest Hemingway
“But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

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“Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.”
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Nandakishore Varma Thanks for accepting my friend request. We have a lot of books in common across the genres.


Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, Tara.


Wendy Darling Thanks so much for the friendvite and the lovely note, Tara. I really appreciate your taking the time to write something about what happened, as it's been a bit of a zoo here lately. Aside from all that, I look forward to chatting books with you, too! :)


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