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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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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


Storyteller Extraordinaire: Review of The Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos

July 14, 2019

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 francophoneand internationally bestselling fans […] - Read more


Book Pack Giveaway: Win copies of Songbird and Lizard’s Tale

July 10, 2019

We have three sets of Songbird by Ingrid Laguna and Lizard’s Tale by Weng Wai Chan to give away this week. Songbird is a unique, tender and heartwarming novel about a young girl’s experience as an Iraqi refugee in Melbourne, her desire to belong and the importance of friendship. Lizard’s Tale is an action-packed and unique story set […] - Read more


Sharing Cultural History: Q&A with Weng Wai Chan

Congratulations on the publication of your first children’s book Lizard’s Tale. What was it that inspired you to write this tale of adventure set in Singapore in the 1940s? I spent my childhood in Singapore, and we often visited my father’s family who were still living in the tailor’s shop house where he grew up […] - Read more


New York Adventure: Review of The Good Thieves

July 9, 2019

Vita Marlowe has travelled from England with her mother to visit her grandfather, Jack Welles in New York. Her adored grandfather hasn’t been the same since her grandmother died and now it appears he has stumbled into some serious trouble. Vita’s grandparents have always lived in the charming, somewhat crumbling Hudson Castle but just when […] - Read more