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A Compelling Debut: Extract from The Last Balfour

July 26, 2019

Start reading now Iona Balfour is 14-years-old and up until now has lived with her Aunt Grizel and sister Ishbel in Heatherbrae. Set during The Great Scottish Witch Hunt, the story opens with Iona desperately trying to find her aunt Grizel who is shortly to be hanged for witchcraft. Grizel has spent many years helping […] - Read more


Finding Your Own Personal Magic: Q&A with Cait Duggan

July 25, 2019

The last 20 years of your career have been spent working as a corporate lawyer and now you’re a YA novelist. What inspired you to make this significant change to your career path? Yes, I started working as a paralegal in 1997 while studying at university and was admitted as a solicitor in 2002. I’ve […] - Read more


2019 Inky Awards Shortlist

July 24, 2019

Voted for by young people, The Inky Awards first made an appearance in 2007 and have been going strong since. Recognising the best YA literature from Australian and international authors they empower young readers and give them a chance to have their say when it comes to what they value as readers. How it works: […] - Read more


Suspenseful and Highly Engaging: Review of The Last Balfour

July 23, 2019

‘Grizel once told me that magic and fire are kindred things. If you understand how to work with fire it will warm your home, cook your porridge and chase away the shadows at night. But if you fail to heed its power, well… it only takes one spark to burn down the thatch.’ Iona Balfour […] - Read more

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A Handy Guide to Children’s Book Week

    Children’s Book Week is just around the corner and to save you some time we’ve put all the important information together for you in one place. So, grab yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and take a moment to read through the following. And yes, Children’s Book Week costume stress […] - Read more


Finding Yourself: Extract from Snow

July 18, 2019

Start reading now Snow is the second instalment in the Animal Allies series by Australian author Ondine Sherman and if you loved Sky, the first in the series, you won’t be disappointed with this new offering. The Animal Allies series looks at animal welfare and encourages conversations around this important topic. As the co-founder and managing […] - Read more


Richly Imagined Universe: Extract from The Missing of Clairedelune

Start reading now  The Missing of Clairdelune is the second instalment in the Mirror Visitor Quartet by French author Christelle Dabos.  With comparisons to Philip Pullman, Cornelia Funke and J. K. Rowling, the expectations for this series are high and it delivers. Already award winning – the 2016 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire – Roman jeunesse francophone […] - Read more


Creating a Kinder World by Ondine Sherman

July 16, 2019

As a small girl, shy and freckled, I was enticed and enchanted by the world of animals. Like many children, I had a special connection with my dog, Bronnie, and I fantasised that I could talk to her, to all animals, enter her world and be as one. At age five, I wrote a picture […] - Read more


Hopeful, Thoughtful and Uplifting: Review of Snow by Ondine Sherman

Snow is the second instalment in the Animal Allies series by Australian author Ondine Sherman and if you loved Sky, the first in the series, you won’t be disappointed with this new offering. The Animal Allies series looks at animal welfare and encourages conversations around this important topic. As the co-founder and managing director of Voiceless, […] - Read more