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The Escape (Henderson's Boys, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
This was simply amazing!

It begins with Marc. 12 years old, in a French orphanage, forced to work the worst jobs in a farm while the men of the village
...more
Feb 27, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
 
The Rabbits
4.27
it was ok
I'd love to give this two different ratings. One for the stunning artwork, which consistently says more and says it better than the text. My students ...more
Jul 17, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
 
Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane
3.93
liked it
This is a story of family and drinking and death and drinking again. It's a memoir of losing a brother and an exploration of drinking. And I have to a ...more
Feb 08, 2017
Feb 08, 2017
 
Go to Sleep, Jessie!
3.59
really liked it
Jessie has been moved into the same bedroom as her big sister and she’s not particularly happy about it. In fact, she’s crying – a lot – and keeping h ...more
Jan 22, 2015
Jan 22, 2015
 
The Summer After You and Me
3.69
really liked it
Most people know of the Jersey Shore as a holiday destination, but for Lucy it’s her home. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, she’s dealing with se ...more
Feb 2015
Jan 31, 2015
 
Becoming Kirrali Lewis
3.91
really liked it
It’s 1985 and Kirrali Lewis is a new student at Melbourne University. Raised by her white adoptive family in a country town, Kirrali is adamant that s ...more
Jul 09, 2015
Jul 09, 2015
 
Letters to Tiptree
4.26
it was amazing
One of the many things I’ve discovered this year is how much I didn’t know about the historical side of writing – particularly women’s writing in spec ...more
Aug 28, 2015
Aug 27, 2015
 
Freedom Ride
4.15
really liked it
Robbie has some awareness of what happens in Walgeree. But living with his father and overbearing Nan doesn’t really give him a greater understanding ...more
Jul 22, 2015
Jul 21, 2015
 
And All That Jazz (Silver Shoes #1)
3.90
it was ok
Eleanor is 10 years old and loves dancing. She’s extra excited about the upcoming jazz dancing competition, but worried about the stress of auditionin ...more
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
 
I'm Not Racist, But ...
4.07
really liked it
This book is described as containing ‘social observations, thoughts and conversations’ and it does all of that, but in the form of poetry which was co ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 01, 2015
 
Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left
3.67
really liked it
One of my goals for 2015 was to read and review as many Robin Klein books as I could and it was wonderful starting with this old favourite of mine. I ...more
Jan 05, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
 
Yes, Chef!
3.23
it was ok
Becca works in a small call centre, taking reservations for a group of restaurants. She’s completely over the work, so intrigued when she’s asked to s ...more
Jan 30, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
 
Power and Majesty (Creature Court, #1)
3.76
it was amazing
Velody moves to Aufleur to attempt to become a dressmaking apprentice, but late one night she allows a mysterious young man to kiss her and steal the ...more
Jun 24, 2015
Jun 23, 2015
 
Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes
4.05
really liked it
Starting with one quibble - for a book about stereotyping, there's a lot of generalising about how parents act! However, that doesn't take away from t ...more
May 21, 2016
May 21, 2016
 
Every Breath (Every, #1)
4.01
really liked it
Rachel Watts is a country raised girl, living in Melbourne after her family left their farm. James Mycroft is her eccentric neighbour and best friend, ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
 
The Secrets We Keep (The Secrets We Keep #1)
4.23
really liked it
I so wish I'd had this book in my classroom library 5 years ago - I can think of so many students who would have thoroughly enjoyed it. One of those b ...more
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016
 
The Circle
4.23
liked it
Calum and his family live between two worlds. The world of the Sidhe and the world known to the rest of us. So when a new girl arrives in town with a ...more
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
 
Amy & Louis
3.88
it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. Amy and Louise are best friends who create magical worlds together and keep in contact with a special call – ‘Coo-ee, Lo ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 04, 2013
 
Clara in Washington
3.32
it was ok
A few years ago I read Loving Richard Feynman, which was innovative, interesting and a really good read. So I came to Clara in Washington, written by ...more
Jan 04, 2013
Dec 28, 2012
 
Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean
3.55
really liked it
After violent attacks on women in both India and Australia, Eat the Sky, Drink the Moon was created as a collaboration between authors and artists fro ...more
Jul 23, 2015
Jul 23, 2015
 
Mary Bennet
3.58
really liked it
This is, obviously, a book about the middle Bennet sister from Pride and Prejudice – the one who, along with Kitty, is most likely to be overlooked. T ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Dec 22, 2012
 
Ruby Red Shoes
4.45
it was amazing
I first heard about Ruby Red Shoes when I was wrapping up the 2014 Readings Children’s Book Prize (where its sequel was shortlisted). It certainly loo ...more
May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015
 
The Firebird Mystery (A Jack Mason Adventure, #1)
3.73
liked it
This was a very fast-moving book, but I felt that it actually moved too fast and had too many elements. There are references to Sherlock Holmes, to st ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 01, 2015
 
The Wife Drought
4.09
really liked it
This was a fascinating read – one of those books where I found myself stopping a few times a chapter to read out parts to my husband. Crabb has a very ...more
Jan 02, 2015
Dec 31, 2014
 
Speculative Fiction 2014: The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary
3.57
it was ok
Recently I’ve spent a lot more time reading anthologies of one type of another. When you read enough of these, you develop a real admiration for good ...more
May 31, 2015
Jun 13, 2015
 
Lifespan of Starlight
3.77
really liked it
A lot of future-set fiction deals with issues of resource shortages and rationing. Lifespan of Starlight continues this idea, but joins it to a nasty ...more
Jul 19, 2015
Jul 18, 2015
 
Reading with Babies, Toddlers & Twos: A Guide to Laughing, Learning & Growing Together Through Books
3.93
it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in this particular genre. Takes a very balanced approach to topics such as screen time and includes chapters on litera ...more
May 02, 2016
May 01, 2016
 
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
3.67
it was amazing
I constantly had to stop while reading this book to remind myself that I wasn't reading a story set in the early 1900s, I was reading a memoir by a wo ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
Dinosaurs in My School
4.00
really liked it
Another in the dinosaurs meet humans category of children's picture books. This one had a nice rhythmic structure which made it lovely to read aloud - ...more
May 12, 2016
May 11, 2016
 
Jimmy's Stars
3.78
really liked it
Ellie is living in a world marked by the photos on her teacher's wall and the stars hanging in people's windows. It's World War Two and a blue star me ...more
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Dec 08, 2009
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