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2018 ABIA Longlist for General Fiction Book of the Year

The longlist for the 2018 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) has just been announced. The 2018 longlist celebrates the diversity and exceptional quality of Australian writing, publishing and bookselling. The longlist was voted for by the ABIA Academy, a group of publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives. After an extensive recruitment campaign, the 2018 […]

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12 Picture Books on Amazing, Trailblazing, Women to Read this International Women’s Day!

Thursday, the 8th of March is International Women’s Day, and there are plenty of children’s books to honour the many memorable women who have shaped our world, and changed history by carving their own paths and believing in themselves! Sharing these stories of  extraordinary women in your homes, classrooms and libraries can be such a fun and educational […]

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Rev Up Your Book Club: Here’s 10 great books to get the conversation going

Kelly Rimmer is the author of Before I Let You Go, published by Hachette Australia. It is the story of a sister who is plunged into the dark and complex world of her pregnant, drug-addicted sister when she receives a call in the dead of night after many years without contact. It’s one of the best […]

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March Madness: The most exciting new books out this month for kids and teens!

Picture Books Go Go and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker From the much-loved picture-book partnership comes this sparkly story of one independently minded little girl, and the unexpected, precious ways life sometimes works. When Go Go is allowed to buy the most beautiful shoes ever, she decides she will wear them […]

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Follow the Trail of Clues: Jacqueline Harvey’s favourite ‘spies’ in children’s books.

Words || Jacqueline Harvey My Favourite ‘Spies’ in Children’s Books My favourite ‘spy characters’ aren’t all traditional spies in the vein of James Bond but rather children who have extraordinary powers of observation and the ability to see things that others miss. Some ‘spy kids’ are excellent at working in pairs or a group while […]

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Just Beneath the Surface: Shivaun Plozza’s 5 Angry Girls of YA

Words || Shivaun Plozza I’m a sucker for angry girls in YA. When I wrote Frankie, I created a character so filled with anger it couldn’t help but manifest in an acidic tongue and swinging fists. Frankie’s anger is loud, uncontained, self-destructive and violent. But when writing my newest novel, Tin Heart, I realised anger […]

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Family Feuds: Fiona Lowe reveals her favourite books about family dynasties

Fiona Lowe is a prolific, genre-transgressing writer, who shines in her romance novels as brightly as her family sagas. Because of that, we know she must be an avid reader. How else could she manage to capture so many emotions and moments and characters in all her books? If you haven’t already heard about it, […]

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Hmm . . . What To Read In March? 20 New Release Fiction Books

Good news everyone: March is a reader’s dreamland. Special mention to a few insanely entertaining novels, such as Dervla McTiernan’s debut The Ruin and long-shining star Fiona Lowe’s latest family saga Birthright. Dr Nikki Stamp’s book Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a charming blend of poetic rumination and no-nonsense information about how to reduce your chances […]

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The Readings Children’s Book Prize Shortlist Announcement

Readings has announced this year’s shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize, and what a wonderful shortlist it is! This Prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children’s literature. Readings recommends that this year’s six shortlisted titles are all for readers between the ages of 8 to 12. The six shortlisted titles for 2018 are: Tarin of […]

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Back in the Habit: 12 books that will get high-schoolers reading again

The school year began almost a month, and with so much time and energy going towards new subjects, new schools, new friends AND all the extra-curricular commitments that teens have on these days, it’s not hard for their attention to move away from reading for pleasure. Sometimes, all you need is the perfect book to […]

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