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Magic Awaits: Read an extract from Jinxed! The Curious Curse of Cora Bell

August 23, 2019

Start reading now Eleven-year-old Cora lives in the city of Urt with her guardian and protector Dot. They live in a small space behind a wall that is jam-packed with pieces, parts, odds and ends. They call themselves collectors and people often send them out to find lost items for them. Dot found Cora on […] - Read more


Reading is Your Secret Power: Mary Ryan on Children’s Book Week

August 21, 2019

Reading is my secret power…what a wonderful theme for the 2019 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week for 2019. Books really do give us powers beyond our ordinary lives.  Consider the extraordinary courage of Rabby The Brave, the ghostly world of Catching Teller Crowor the amazing resilience of Mia negotiating the fragility of her […] - Read more

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Creating Something from Nothing: R.A. Spratt gets philosophical (and a bit wacky) about kids meeting authors

August 20, 2019

  Better Reading: R.A. Spratt, you visit schools all the time. Why is it so important for kids to meet authors? R.A. Spratt:  Because you’d want to meet Dumbledore, wouldn’t you? Better Reading: Sorry, I don’t follow? R.A. Spratt:  The question is – what should we be seeking to expose children to? Children are our […] - Read more


A Kid at Heart: Q&A with Rebecca McRitchie

Congratulations on the publication of your book Jinxed! The Curious Curse of Cora Bell. What was it that inspired you to write this tale filled with magic, necromancers, shape-shifters, enchantresses, fairies, nightwalkers, witches and giants? Thank you! I have always gravitated towards stories that are filled with a good dollop of magic, pretty much ever […] - Read more


Collector of Magic: Review of Jinxed! The Curious Curse of Cora Bell

Eleven-year-old Cora lives in the city of Urt with her guardian and protector Dot. They live in a small space behind a wall that is jam-packed with pieces, parts, odds and ends. They call themselves collectors and people often send them out to find lost items for them. Dot found Cora on the street five […] - Read more


Building the Imagination: T. C. Shelley on Children’s Book Week

August 19, 2019

I love Book Week because it is a celebration of reading and reading is such an important skill, because imagining is such an important skill. It seems ironic that students are encouraged to do STEM at school but many don’t consider the Literary, Theatrical and Visual Arts as part of a holistic education. I know […] - Read more


Announcing the Winners: 2019 Children’s Book of the Year Awards

August 16, 2019

The CBCA has announced the 2019 Children’s Book of the Year Awards, highlighting the extraordinary creativity and talent of Australia’s children’s authors and illustrators. Some of the themes covered by this year’s Winner and Honour Books include consumerism and the environment (The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley), the plight of refugees (The […] - Read more

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Chaos Parachutes into Currawong: Read an extract from The Peski Kids: Stuck in the Mud

Start reading now The Peski Kids #3 Stuck in the Mud is the hilarious third instalment in the series by R. A Spratt. If you’re not familiar with it then take a look at our reviews for #1 The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach here and #2 Bear in the Woods here. You may also be […] - Read more


Brownies, Leprechauns and Ogres: Read an extract from The Monster Who Wasn’t

August 15, 2019

A goblin helped the crone off the edge of the dais and she hobbled through the mob. The monsters shuffled aside for her, jostling and pushing and peering back at their ogre king. Thunderguts felt their curious glances on him. His people knew he didn’t normally wait to watch the new ones emerge once he […] - Read more