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Baring Your Soul Online: Review of Mercy Point by Anna Snoekstra

June 25, 2018

Maybe we should meet? This is the question that changes everything for Mercy Point teenagers Emma, Tessie, Michael, Fabian and Sam. Up until this point they have anonymously bared their souls to one another as part of an online group for adopted children. Online they share all their personal pain about this discovery and question why […] - Read more


Touching, Reflective and Thought-Provoking: Read a Q&A with author of Waves by Donna Rawlins

June 22, 2018

Every journey is perilous, every situation heartbreaking. Every refugee is a person forced by famine or war or fear to leave their home, their families, their friends and all they know. Children have travelled on the waves of migration to the shores of Australia for tens of thousands of years. This book tells some of […] - Read more

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Dark, Funny Adventure: Read an extract from Embassy of the Dead by Will Mabbitt

June 19, 2018

Start reading now Jake Green is not your ordinary kid. He may appear that way at the start of Embassy of the Dead but when you reach the last page, there’s no denying that unusual things tend to happen when he is around. For instance, one day he is walking down a lane way and a […] - Read more


Ghosts, Ghouls and Giggles: Review of Embassy of the Dead by Will Mabbitt

Jake Green is not your ordinary kid. He may appear that way at the start of Embassy of the Dead but when you reach the last page, there’s no denying that unusual things tend to happen when he is around. For instance, one day he is walking down a lane way and a strange man who […] - Read more


All’s Well That Ends Well: Researching Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther

Researching became addictive for author Sheryl Gwyther when writing Sweet Adversity. Read about her writing journey. I didn’t set to write Sweet Adversity as an historical children’s novel set during Australia’s Great Depression. Rather, this story began almost nine years ago with one of those useful half-asleep dreams on the edge of waking – and I […] - Read more


The Little Entertainer: Read an extract from Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther

Start reading now Life is pretty grim at the Emu Swamp Children’s Home during the Great Depression. Twelve-year-old Adversity McAllister, aka Addie, longs for the day when her parents, travelling Shakespearean actors, will return for her and she can join them on the stage. Matron Maddock runs the orphanage with an iron fist and her […] - Read more


Fun, Adventure, Kindness: Review of Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther

Life is pretty grim at the Emu Swamp Children’s Home during the Great Depression. Twelve-year-old Adversity McAllister, aka Addie, longs for the day when her parents, travelling Shakespearean actors, will return for her and she can join them on the stage. Matron Maddock runs the orphanage with an iron fist and her eyes and ears, […] - Read more


How I Became a Published Author (and other things) by Sarah Epstein

June 18, 2018

Sarah Epstein’s first manuscript was widely rejected, but she never gave up. Here, she talks about her taste in dark thrillers, and how she finally came to be published. Small Spaces is a definite page-turner. What was your inspiration for the story? When I came up with the idea for Small Spaces, I was going […] - Read more


The Queen of Air and Darkness Book #3: The Dark Artifices

June 15, 2018

Enjoy an advance chapter sneak peek from Cassandra Clare’s new novel to be released December 2018. Start reading now Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is […] - Read more


Writing Alice Miranda

June 12, 2018

Jacqueline Harvey worked in schools for many years but has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. Here she talks about creating the character of Alice-Miranda. Words | Jacqueline Harvey When I first began writing the character of Alice-Miranda, my pint-sized, perpetually positive heroine, I imagined that she would occupy 32 pages […] - Read more