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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

Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

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

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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

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

Book Review: Amy and Matthew

Author: Cammie McGovernPublisher: Pan Macmillan (2014)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a YA readership) Image source “Amy is unflinchingly honest about her limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, she can't walk or talk without help. But trapped inside this uncooperative body lies a brilliant mind and a luminous spirit - a girl capable of truly loving and worthy… Continue reading Book Review: Amy and Matthew

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Book Review: Forget Me Not

Author: Ellie TerryPublisher: Feiwel and Friends (2017)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image source “Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the… Continue reading Book Review: Forget Me Not

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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: 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