Book Review: Bindi

Author: Kirli SaundersIllustrated by: Dub LefflerPublisher: Magabala Books (2020)Genre: Contemporary verse novel (for a middle grade readership) Image source “Meet 11-year-old Bindi. She’s not really into maths but LOVES art class and playing hockey. Her absolute FAVOURITE thing is adventuring outside with friends or her horse, Nell. A new year starts like normal-school, family, hockey,… Continue reading Book Review: Bindi


Book Review: Pride

Author: Lazaros Zigomanis (aka Les Zig)Publisher: Busybird Publishing (2017)Genre: Contemporary fiction Image sourceImage description: White background. The word Pride is capitalised in red at the top of the image. There is a small black bird (a curlew) in the bottom right. “Luke Miggs wants more than what small-town life can offer – the grind of… Continue reading Book Review: Pride


Book Review: The Other Side of Perfect

Author: Mariko TurkPublisher: Allen and Unwin (2021)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) “Alina Keeler was destined to dance, but one terrifying fall shatters her leg - and her dreams of a ballet career along with it. After a summer spent healing (translation: eating vast amounts of Cool Ranch Doritos and bingeing ballet videos on… Continue reading Book Review: The Other Side of Perfect


Book Review: Footprints on the Moon

Author: Lorraine MarwoodPublisher: UQP (2021)Genre: Historical fiction (for a middle grade readership) “It’s 1969 and life is changing fast. Sharnie Burley is starting high school and finding it tough to make new friends. As the world waits to see if humans will land on the moon, the Vietnam War rages overseas. While her little cousin,… Continue reading Book Review: Footprints on the Moon

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness · Miscellaneous

Mini Book Reviews: December 2020

I’ve been a bit short on time lately and have read so many great books. So, rather than review them individually, I thought I’d do something different and summarise my December reads in one post! Here they are, in no particular order. Actress by Anne Enwright  Publisher: Vintage (2019) “Katherine O’Dell is an Irish theater… Continue reading Mini Book Reviews: December 2020


Book Review: Meet Me at the Intersection

Author: Various talented humans!Publisher: Fremantle Press (2018)Genre: Various (so much diversity, I LOVE it!) Image sourceImage description: Orange rectangle with coloured circles around the edges. The contributors' names are written in small white font along the bottom. “Literature without diversity presents a false image of what it is to be human. We invite you into… Continue reading Book Review: Meet Me at the Intersection


Book Review: The War That Saved My Life

Author: Kimberley Brubaker-BradleyPublisher: Text (2016)Genre: Historical fiction (for a middle-grade readership) “Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room flat. Her mother is too humiliated by her daughter’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is evacuated from London during World War II, Ada sneaks out to join him. As she… Continue reading Book Review: The War That Saved My Life