Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book review: You’d Be Home Now

Author: Kathleen GlasgowPublisher: Harper Collins (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a young adult readership) Image source “Emmy is the good one. Not strong-willed like her beautiful older sister, Maddie, and not difficult like her brother, Joey. She takes up as little space as possible. When Joey returns from rehab, her parents ask her to act as… Continue reading Book review: You’d Be Home Now

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Book review: The Secret World of Connie Starr

Author: Robbi NealePublisher: Harlequin (2022)Genre: Historical fiction Image source Historical fiction offers readers a glimpse into the past, but it also highlights the universality of certain experiences and emotions. The Secret World of Connie Starr depicted Australia before, during and after the Second World War and featured a cast of characters who grappled with struggles… Continue reading Book review: The Secret World of Connie Starr

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Book review: Colours of Ash

Author: Blaise van HeckePublisher: Busybird Publishing (2022)Genre: Domestic fiction Image source "Ash and Destiny enjoy a happy life in Melbourne with their young son, Tomas, a large and slightly dysfunctional family, a successful art gallery, and Destiny’s new exhibition about to debut. But everything changes for Ash on one extremely hot Summer Solstice when a… Continue reading Book review: Colours of Ash

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Book review: The Girl in the Window

Author: Penny JoelsonPublisher: Electric Monkey (2018)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) Image source This review contains spoilers for the novel.It also contains mentions of ableism, abuse and neglect. “Nothing ever happens on Kasia's street. And Kasia would know, because her illness makes her spend days stuck at home, watching the world from her bedroom… Continue reading Book review: The Girl in the Window

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Book review: How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life

Author: Fiona HardyPublisher: Affirm Press (2020)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) “Murphy Parker is going to be a songwriter. If she can summon up the nerve to play in front of anyone other than her dad, that is. When an unplanned keyboard performance at school goes well, Murphy wonders if maybe her dreams… Continue reading Book review: How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book review: Breakthrough

Author: Katerina MitrevskaGenre: MemoirPublisher: Tablo (2020) Image source “Breakthrough is a collection of poems about a childhood overshadowed by a mother’s mental illness. It is about a mother whose untreated postnatal depression gradually deteriorated, leading to her eventual diagnosis as a schizophrenic. These poems explore fear, anger, shame, resentment and rejection that lead to self-recognition, gratitude,… Continue reading Book review: Breakthrough

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Book Review: I am the Minotaur

Author: Anthony McGowanPublisher: Oxford University Press (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image source “Matthew is 14 and is struggling to fit in - something that's extra hard when you're taking care of your mum, being bullied at school, and have earned the nickname Stinky Mog because of your poor personal hygiene.On top… Continue reading Book Review: I am the Minotaur

Books featuring a father with a mental illness

Book review: The Peacock Detectives

Author: Carly NugentPublisher: Text (2018)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image source “The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called 'Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective'. So this time she knows what to do - she'll look for clues… Continue reading Book review: The Peacock Detectives

Books featuring a father with a mental illness

Book review: The Rollercoaster Boy

Author: Lisa ThompsonPublisher: Scholastic (2022)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image source “Todd and Laurie's dad is either on top of the world, taking them on fun adventures, or down in the depths and sleeping all the time.In the middle of the night, he bundles them into the car and drives them to… Continue reading Book review: The Rollercoaster Boy