Books featuring a father with a mental illness · Books featuring a mother with a mental illness

Book Review: Tiger Daughter

Author: Rebecca LimGenre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership)Publisher: Allen and Unwin (2021) Content warnings: mentions of depression, suicide Image source “Wen Zhou is the daughter and only child of Chinese immigrants whose move to the lucky country has proven to be not so lucky. Wen and her friend, Henry Xiao - whose mum… Continue reading Book Review: Tiger Daughter

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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

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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

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Book Review: As Brave As You

Author: Jason ReynoldsPublisher: Simon & Schuster (2017)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle-grade readership) Image sourceImage description: a light blue cover. At the top, there is an old house with a tree growing in the middle. One boy is facing the house, at the bottom of the page, and another boy is running towards him. “Genie’s… Continue reading Book Review: As Brave As You

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Book Review: The Three Rules of Everyday Magic

Author: Amanda Rawson-HillPublisher: (2018)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) “Kate has trouble believing in magic, especially since the people she loves keep leaving her. But when Grammy tells her the three rules of everyday magic–believe, give, and trust–Kate can’t resist believing, at least a little. Following Grammy’s advice, she tries to bring her… Continue reading Book Review: The Three Rules of Everyday Magic

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Book Review: The Secrets We Keep

Author: Nova WeetmanPublisher: UQP (2016)Genre: Contemporary fiction (for a middle grade readership) Image sourceImage description: light blue cover. At the top of the page, the title written in red text. The top half of a young girl's face is visible. She has brown hair and there are some pictures above her head: a letter, a… Continue reading Book Review: The Secrets We Keep

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Book Review: Sure Signs of Crazy

I wrote this review a couple of years ago, before I understood the full impact of the use of slurs such as cr*zy, and I wish to apologise to anyone for whom it is distressing. Full spoilers ahead. CONTENT WARNING: Mentions of suicide, alcoholism, murder and attempted murder. Image sourceImage description: bright orange background. Yellow,… Continue reading Book Review: Sure Signs of Crazy

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Book Review: The Coconut Children

Author: Vivian PhamPublisher: Vintage Books (2020)Genre: Historical fiction Content warning: mentions of alcoholism, overdose “Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know. Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare her a… Continue reading Book Review: The Coconut Children