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Books as Brain Food

June 7, 2019

While some may think reading online is enough, it turns out that compared to reading books, it’s like subsisting on a diet of junk food…and your brain won’t thank you for it. “You need to read more.” “I read texts.” It seems to be a stock-standard response from many teens, when asked to read more […] - Read more

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Robot With a Heart: Read an extract from Boot: Small Robot, Big Adventure by Shane Hegarty

June 4, 2019

Start reading now Boot is a robot, a toy robot that once belonged to a sweet little girl called Beth. When Boot finds himself abandoned in a scrapyard and heading towards the shredder, he has no idea how he went from beloved toy to scrap metal. With only a couple of glitchy memories left to […] - Read more


I’m Not Just a Robot!: Review of Boot: Small Robot, Big Adventure by Shane Hegarty

Boot is a robot, a toy robot that once belonged to a sweet little girl called Beth. When Boot finds himself abandoned in a scrapyard and heading towards the shredder, he has no idea how he went from beloved toy to scrap metal. With only a couple of glitchy memories left to go on, Boot […] - Read more


Tuckshop takeover – Not in this school

May 31, 2019

Start reading now We met the feisty Elizabella in Elizabella Meets Her Match, the first instalment in the highly entertaining series by sisters Zoe and Georgia Norton Lodge. If you haven’t met her yet then make sure you read our review here. This time Elizabella is faced with the depressing fact that her beloved Bilby Creek […] - Read more


Great Books About Girls: Recommended by Zoe Norton Lodge

May 30, 2019

  This book list is all about the girls. Zoe Norton Lodge author of the Elizabella series has shared with us her favourite inspirational reads about girls who strike out for themselves. Words | Zoe Norton Lodge Girltopia – Hillary Rogers When every single man and boy is struck down by a mysterious illness the girls […] - Read more


The Pawfect read for little doggy lovers: Q&A with Jess Black

The adventures of Mr Walker are based on a real dog who lives at the Park Hyatt Melbourne. How did you first come across this story? I wasn’t familiar with Mr Walker until my publisher Holly Toohey from Penguin Random House introduced me to him. I had written the Little Paws series with her and […] - Read more


We’re Going on an Adventure!

Whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring, there’s nothing like a great story to take you on an epic adventure. From fighting dragons to capturing Vikings, rescue missions to battles to save Kingdoms, curling up with an audio book this winter is a great way to keep kids entertained. Have Sword Will […] - Read more


Quote Me: A Tribute to Author Quotes… By Someone Who Learned How to Use Them Growing Up

May 28, 2019

I love a good author quote. While books were my education, authors and playwrights, with their wise and often witty one-liners, were my teachers. I grew up in the olden days, before the internet, and back then, as dinosaurs roamed free, quotation books were popular. We had one in our home and I’d spend hours […] - Read more

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Taking on the Big Guns! Review of Elizabella and the Great Tuckshop Takeover by Zoe Norton Lodge, illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge

We met the feisty Elizabella in Elizabella Meets Her Match, the first instalment in the highly entertaining series by sisters Zoe and Georgia Norton Lodge. If you haven’t met her yet then make sure you read our review here. This time Elizabella is faced with the depressing fact that her beloved Bilby Creek Primary is falling […] - Read more