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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

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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

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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: 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

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Book Review: Future Girl

Author: AsphyxiaPublisher: Allen and Unwin (2020)Genre: Futuristic/dystopian fiction (for a Young Adult readership) Image source “Piper's mum wants her to be 'normal', to pass as hearing and get a good job. But when peak oil hits and Melbourne lurches towards environmental catastrophe, Piper has more important things to worry about, such as how to get… Continue reading Book Review: Future Girl

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Book Review: Sara Webb, Disaster Area

Author: Liz WilksPublisher: Lothian books (2006)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) “Sara s family is unusual to say the least they re also confusing and really embarrassing. Her older sister thinks she s Dorothy from THE WIZARD OF OZ and her older brother repeats words like an echo. Sara s problems increase when… Continue reading Book Review: Sara Webb, Disaster Area

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Book Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Author: Sarah Barnard Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2017)  Image source "Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.  Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life -… Continue reading Book Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder

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Book Review: The Other Side of Beautiful

Author: Kim LockGenre: Contemporary fictionPublisher: Harper Collins (July 2021) Image source “Meet Mercy Blain, whose house has just burnt down. Unfortunately for Mercy, this goes beyond the disaster it would be for most people: she hasn't been outside that house for two years now.And so begins Mercy's unwilling journey. After the chance purchase of a… Continue reading Book Review: The Other Side of Beautiful