Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book review: Midnight in Everwood

Author: M.A. KuzniarPublisher: Harper Collins (October 27, 2021)Genre: Fantasy Image source “Nottingham, 1906Marietta Stelle longs to be a ballerina but as Christmas draws nearer, her dancing days are numbered. At the wishes of her family, she will be obligated to marry and take up her place in society in the New Year. But when a… Continue reading Book review: Midnight in Everwood

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Book Review: The Unusual Abduction of Avery Conifer

Content warning: Mentions and description of physical and emotional abuse. Author: Ilsa EvansPublisher: HarperCollins (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction Image source “Beth's daughter Cleo and Shirley's son Daniel used to be married. Now Cleo is in gaol for supposedly contravening a family violence order, and Daniel has full-time care of their four-year-old daughter, Avery. When Shirley suspects… Continue reading Book Review: The Unusual Abduction of Avery Conifer

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Book Review: Where You’ll Find Me

Author: Natasha FriendPublisher: St Martin’s Press (2017)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) “The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself… Dumped by her best friend, Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade hanging out with different people. Deserted by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt.… Continue reading Book Review: Where You’ll Find Me

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Book Review: The Beauty is in the Walking

Author: James MoloneyPublisher: Harper Collins (2015)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) Content warning: The novel and review contain ableist slurs directed at the main character, for the purpose of highlighting their impact. "Everyone thinks they know what Jacob O'Leary can and can’t do - and they’re not shy about telling him either. But no… Continue reading Book Review: The Beauty is in the Walking

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Book Review: Ask Again, Yes

Author: Mary Beth KeanePublisher: Michael Joseph (Penguin, 2019)Genre: Domestic Fiction “Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They … end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and… Continue reading Book Review: Ask Again, Yes

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Book Review: The Elephant

Author: Peter CarnavasNarrator: Cece PetersPublisher: Bolinda Audio/UQP (2017)Genre: Fiction, for a children’s readership Image sourceID: Drawing of a little girl with short hair sitting against a tree. There is a dog resting against her knees. “Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as an enormous elephant following him around. Every day… Continue reading Book Review: The Elephant

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Book Review: Not My Father

Author: Julie KayGenre: MemoirPublisher: Vivid (division of Fontaine) 2019 Image sourceID: A drawing of two people viewed from behind. Left: A man in military uniform. Right: A woman wearing a kimono and holding an umbrella over her shoulder. “While packing up the family home, Danny’s daughter, Jules, finds a black box hidden at the back… Continue reading Book Review: Not My Father

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Book Review: Shauna’s Great Expectations

Author: Kathleen LoughnanPublisher: Allen and Unwin (2019)Genre: Bildungsroman/coming of age (for a YA readership) Content warning: references to racism, pregnancy, abortion Image sourceID: Pink background, a drawing of an Aboriginal girl in the bottom right corner. She is wearing a white shirt and her hair is plaited, draped over one shoulder. The Eiffel Tower is… Continue reading Book Review: Shauna’s Great Expectations

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Book Review: The Secrets We Share

Author: Nova WeetmanPublisher: UQP (2017)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade audience) “Clem is slowly rebuilding her life after a house fire destroyed everything. She’s about to start high school with her two best friends and she’s finally settled into living with her dad in their tiny flat. But when her mum unexpectedly moves in,… Continue reading Book Review: The Secrets We Share