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Kids & YA


Funny Kid, Fabulous Series: Review Funny Kid Slapstick

July 9, 2019

Fans of Funny Kid will be overjoyed to hear there is a new instalment in the best-selling series this month – and as you would expect, Funny Kid Slapstick is epic! The star of the series is Max, the boy who can be guaranteed to get his classmates laughing – even in the face of adversity […] - Read more


History, Intrigue and Adventure: Review Lizard’s Tale

Set in 1940s Singapore, Lizard’s Tale by debut author Weng Wai Chan is a spy story filled with action and intrigue. 12-year-old Lizard lives on his own in Singapore’s Chinatown. After his guardian Uncle Archie went missing, he has had to fend for himself and that often means being in precarious and sometimes dangerous situations. Even […] - Read more


Why I Write Funny Kid Books by Matt Stanton

July 7, 2019

  Words| Matt Stanton A kid put up his hand in class. He was nine years old, sweaty and red from a lunchtime of running and laughing and he was raising his hand for one reason. I had asked if anyone hated reading. He wasn’t the only one either. In every school I visit, in […] - Read more


Stories Matter: Lisa Nicol shares the experience of writing a very special book

July 3, 2019

Lisa Nicol shares the experience of writing what she describes as her most special book, and pays tribute to her friend and co-creator. For me the road from ‘where a story begins’ to ‘where a story ends up’ is shrouded in fog. When I look back I remember some stops, a few twists and turns, […] - Read more


From Screen to Page: Bluey Wins Big!

July 2, 2019

If you have a pre-schooler in the house then it’s more than likely that you are familiar with Bluey, the adorable and highly energetic six-year-old Brisbane blue heeler who makes sure that every day is an adventure! It’s easy to see why this character is so appealing to young people and earlier in the week […] - Read more


Intriguing and Thought Provoking: Review of Wolf Girl

‘Mum was shaking me hard. Too hard. Her knuckles were white as she gripped my shoulders. I felt like crying out, but I didn’t. Maybe because Mum’s voice was filled with fear… We have to move fast! They’re coming!’ Anh Do, bestselling author of the WeirDo, Hotdog! and Ninja Kid series, needs no introduction. His […] - Read more

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Absolutely Grand: Review of Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth

Vincent lives in the very ordinary town of Barry and life is anything but grand. His grandfather has just died, his Mother and Father are weary with working at the local factory and looking after his little brother Thom – who spends most of his time screaming. There’s also a sister, 7-year-old Rose, but she’s […] - Read more


Dream Come True: Extract from Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

June 28, 2019

Start reading now ‘Finding a million dollars in your backyard – every kid’s dream, right? That’s what me and my best friend Toby thought too…’ Imagine you are 10-years-old and have dreams about changing the world but very little chance of making anything like that happen for years. Then imagine that you discover your neighbour […] - Read more


Transforming Lives

June 25, 2019

  We all know that education is the most important factor in changing the life of a disadvantaged child and this is the very ethos that drives non-profit organisation Room to Read. They are working towards a world where every child can reach their full potential and participate fully in society due to a great […] - Read more

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