Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: The Boy From the Mish

Author: Gary LonesboroughPublisher: Allen and Unwin (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership)   Image sourceID: A drawing of two boys with dark skin and white paint across their foreheads, nose and cheeks. One has short hair and one has shoulder length dreadlocks “It's a hot summer, and life's going all right for Jackson and… Continue reading Book Review: The Boy From the Mish

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: Sensitive

Author: Allayne WebsterPublisher: UQP (2019)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image sourceID: Close up of a girl's face. She has white skin, green eyes and auburn hair. Her mouth and nose are obscured by a yellow flower. “When thirteen-year-old Samantha moves to a new town, she decides to reinvent herself. She wants to… Continue reading Book Review: Sensitive

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: The Good Daughter

Author: Amra PajalicPublisher: Text (2009)Genre: Coming of age/contemporary fiction, for a YA readership “Is she Sammie or Sabiha? Is she Bosnian or Australian? Muslim or..? And why is her mother so hard to deal with? Sabiha is fifteen, fierce and funny. She can’t think straight about boys. Girls bully her and she fights back. Whose… Continue reading Book Review: The Good Daughter

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Book Review: Eye of a Rook

Author: Josephine TaylorPublisher: Fremantle Press (2021)Genre: Historical fiction “In 1860s London, Arthur sees his wife Emily suddenly struck down by a pain for which she can find no words, forced to endure harmful treatments and reliant on him for guidance. Meanwhile, in contemporary Perth, Alice, a writer, and her older husband, Duncan, find their marriage… Continue reading Book Review: Eye of a Rook

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book Review: Eating With My Mouth Open

Author: Sam van ZwedenPublisher: New South (2021)Genre: Essay/Memoir “Eating With My Mouth Open is food writing like you’ve never seen before: honest, bold and exceptionally tasty. Sam van Zweden’s personal and cultural exploration of food, memory and hunger revels in body positivity, dissects wellness culture and all its flaws and shares the joys of being… Continue reading Book Review: Eating With My Mouth Open

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Book Review: Everything I’ve Never Said

Author: Samantha WheelerPublisher: UQP (2018)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle-grade readership) Image sourceImage description: Book cover, blue water of a swimming pool, close up of a young white girl's face as she floats. “Ava wants nothing more than to tell her family she loves them, particularly her big sister, Nic. But Ava has Rett syndrome… Continue reading Book Review: Everything I’ve Never Said

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Mini Book Reviews: March 2021

Welcome to the third month of the year! And to another round of mini reviews! Two out of the three books I chose to review this month were written by Australian authors. I enjoyed all three books for different reasons. First up - Impossible Music Author: Sean WilliamsNarrator: David LinskiPublisher: Blackstone Publishing (2019)Genre: Contemporary fiction… Continue reading Mini Book Reviews: March 2021

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: As Brave As You

Author: Jason ReynoldsPublisher: Simon & Schuster (2017)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle-grade readership) Image sourceImage description: a light blue cover. At the top, there is an old house with a tree growing in the middle. One boy is facing the house, at the bottom of the page, and another boy is running towards him. “Genie’s… Continue reading Book Review: As Brave As You