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Heart-warming: A Review of Fly

August 27, 2019

Fly is the sixth book from the exquisitely talented Jess McGeachin. McGeachin writes and illustrates as if he was born to do so. His illustrations are gentle and spirited, including intricate details that you wouldn’t expect to see in a children’s book which contribute greatly to the story. A broken window and a make-shift clothes […] - Read more


Story Time, Science, Graphic Art and More: Melbourne Writers Festival

We’ve been travelling around Australia writer’s festival by writer’s festival and this weekend it’s time to visit Melbourne. The Melbourne Writers Festival is the largest literary Festival held in Melbourne and it always hosts an exciting and eclectic line up of authors from around the globe. While there are no doubt sessions that should not […] - Read more


Gods, Guardians and Hounds: Review of Monuments

  Monuments is the first book in a fantasy duology by OZYA author Will Kostakis and it’s hard to believe that this is his first fantasy book. The award-winning author wanted to offer an escape for readers but also turn things upside down by giving power to those who don’t usually have it and, in this […] - Read more

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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