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Explosive, Inexplicable Weirdness: Review of Squidge Dibley Destroys the School by Mick Elliott

June 25, 2019

  Mick Elliott, best-selling author of The Turners trilogy is back with a new and equally hilarious series, Squidge Dibley. In the first instalment Squidge Dibley Destroys the School, we are introduced to what must surely be the most entertaining and weirdest year 6 class ever to attend Craglands South Primary School. Meet serial pranksters the […] - Read more


Million Dollar Dreamer: Review of Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire by Nat Amoore

‘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 is a bona […] - Read more


A Very Strange Class: Read an extract from Squidge Dibley Destroys the School by Mick Elliott

Start reading now Mick Elliott, best-selling author of The Turners trilogy is back with a new and equally hilarious series, Squidge Dibley. In the first instalment Squidge Dibley Destroys the School, we are introduced to what must surely be the most entertaining and weirdest year 6 class ever to attend Craglands South Primary School. Meet serial […] - Read more


A Truer History: Q&A with Bruce Pascoe author of Young Dark Emu

June 21, 2019

‘Throughout history, humans have looked to the night sky to explain their existence, but the conclusions peoples draw from the same sky can be remarkably different. European astronomy uses constellations of stars to tell a story, but sometimes Aboriginal Australia uses the darkness between the stars. Dark Emu is a shape in the dark areas […] - Read more


Sharing Stories of Courage: Q&A with Ingrid Laguna

June 20, 2019

You’ve had an amazing and varied career, including supporting Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, what brought you to writing for children? My inspiration to write my middle-grade novel, Songbird, came from the courage and resilience I saw in my Iraqi and Syrian students. Since 2013, I have been working at an intensive English language school […] - Read more


Highly Addictive Fantasy: Review of Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

June 18, 2019

Fans of Cassandra Clare will be beyond excited to get their hands on yet another book from this unstoppable author. Ghosts of the Shadow Market is a Shadowhunters novel and a companion to the New York Times Bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Like The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, these short stories […] - Read more


Afraid of the Dark? Not with this Book!: Review of Lights Out Leonard by Josh Pyke

Lights Out Leonard, written by award winning singer and song writer Josh Pyke and illustrated by Chris Nixon, tells the story of a little boy called Leonard who is afraid of the dark – well not the dark but the things that hide in the dark… When his mum comes in to turn the lights […] - Read more


Inspiring, Heartwarming and Timely: Review of Songbird by Ingrid Laguna

Jamila has fled her home in Iraq to live in Australia, a new school, new friends and a new language makes life complicated. Aside from all of this she is desperately missing her father (Baba) and her best friend Mina who are both still in Iraq. She tries to fit in at school but it’s […] - Read more


Finding Solace in Song: Read an extract from Songbird by Ingrid Laguna

Start reading now Jamila has fled her home in Iraq to live in Australia, a new school, new friends and a new language makes life complicated. Aside from all of this she is desperately missing her father (Baba) and her best friend Mina who are both still in Iraq. She tries to fit in at […] - Read more