Books featuring a father with a mental illness

Book Review: Through the Wall

Author: Anna BlighPublisher: Harper Collins (2015)Genre: Autobiography Image sourceID: A white woman with short brown hair smiling at the camera. She is wearing a white shirt and seems relaxed. “Anna Bligh knows something about hard knocks and high walls. She was raised by a single mother in the working class Gold Coast, a young girl… Continue reading Book Review: Through the Wall

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

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

Miscellaneous

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

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

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

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

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

Books featuring a sibling with a mental illness

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

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

Disability representation

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