Books featuring a mother with a mental illness · Disability representation

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

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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

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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

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Book Review: Something in the world called love

Author: Sue SalibaPublisher: Penguin (2008)Genre: Contemporary coming of age (for a YA readership) “When Esma moves into 22 Starling Street, she knows she's come to the right place. A place to become someone new. A place to belong.As the seasons change, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love. But not in the way… Continue reading Book Review: Something in the world called love

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Book Review: Not Dead Yet

Author: Hayley Walsh (2022)Genre: Contemporary fiction, uplit Image source Warning: this review contains spoilers. “Recently widowed Mary feels something needs to change, but she is not sure what? She decides to sell her home in Sydney, and move to a retirement village in sunny Queensland. Mary has always enjoyed her own company and struggles with… Continue reading Book Review: Not Dead Yet

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Book Review: The Amazing Edie Eckhart

Author: Rosie JonesIllustrator: Natalie SmilliePublisher: Hodder Children’s Books (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership). Image sourceImage description in alt text. This review contains spoilers for parts of the novel. “Edie Eckhart is Excited with a capital E to start secondary school with her best friend Oscar - the fish to her chips, the… Continue reading Book Review: The Amazing Edie Eckhart

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Book Review: A Million Things

Author: Emily SpurrGenre: Contemporary fictionPublisher: Text (March, 2021) Content warning: Mentions depression and suicide. Image source.Image description in alt text. “Rae is ten years old, and she’s tough. She’s had to be: life with her mother has taught her the world is not her friend. Now suddenly her mum is gone and Rae is alone,… Continue reading Book Review: A Million Things

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Book Review: Xavier in the Meantime

Author: Kate GordonPublisher: Yellow Brick Books (February 2022)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle-grade readership) Image source.Image description in alt text. “Sometimes Xavier wakes up feeling hopeless. Every new doctor ... this will fix it. Removing him from school ... this will fix it. The therapy group ... this will fix it. And his dad moving… Continue reading Book Review: Xavier in the Meantime

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Book Review: Stars in Their Eyes

Author: Jess Healy WaltonIllustrator: AskaPublisher: Fremantle Press (2021)Genre: Contemporary (graphic novel) Image source.Image description in alt text. “Maisie has always dreamed of meeting her hero, Kara Bufano, an amputee actor who plays a kick-arse amputee character in her favourite show. Fancon is big and exciting and exhausting. Then she meets Ollie, a cute volunteer who… Continue reading Book Review: Stars in Their Eyes