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Kids & YA


Equally Hilarious and Intriguing: Review of The Peski Kids #2, Bear in the Woods by R.A. Spratt

January 22, 2019

The Peski kids are back and despite trying to embrace life in Currawong, they have a long way to go before the locals will give them a break. Last time we heard from April, Joe and Fin in The Peski Kids #1: The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach, their world had been turned upside down […] - Read more


Chasing the magic with Melody Trumpet author Gabrielle Tozer

Melody Trumpet came to me in an instant. I was already overcommitted with writing projects, but this idea demanded to be heard from the beginning. It may have been that my brain was weary from months of torturous edits on my third young adult novel, or because I was standing in my beloved Officeworks (Hello, my […] - Read more


Great Expectations: Read an extract from Melody Trumpet by Gabrielle Tozer

  Start reading now At first glance you may be fooled into thinking that Melody Trumpet has an idyllic childhood. Her parents are opera superstar Viola Trumpet and renowned conductor Barry T Trumpet and they are determined to provide the heir to the Trumpet dynasty everything that she could possibly need and more. There is […] - Read more


Hitting the High Notes: Review of Melody Trumpet by Gabrielle Tozer

At first glance you may be fooled into thinking that Melody Trumpet has an idyllic childhood. Her parents are opera superstar Viola Trumpet and renowned conductor Barry T Trumpet and they are determined to provide the heir to the Trumpet dynasty with everything that she could possibly need and more. There are a few catches, […] - Read more


A Little Girl and a Fire: Review of 47 Degrees by Justin D’ath

February 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria and to mark this Justin D’Ath has written 47 Degrees, a fictional account of a young girl’s fight for survival during a bush fire, based on his own first-hand experience. Zeelie and her father are at home alone when they hear the […] - Read more


BREAKING NEWS: Some of your favourite children’s titles have been nominated

January 17, 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Indie Book Awards has been announced! Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards recognise and celebrate Australia’s incredible writing talent, and the pivotal role that independent booksellers play in supporting and nurturing our country’s great literature. The awards are divided into six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children’s, […] - Read more


Undeniable Page-Turner: Read an extract from Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

January 16, 2019

Start Reading Now Set in the small town of Echo Ridge, Two Can Keep a Secret is a riveting thriller that tells the story of a serial killer with a penchant for homecoming queens. Twins Ellery and Ezra Corcoran have never visited Echo Ridge, the town where their mother grew up and their aunt disappeared. […] - Read more


For Lovers of The Inheritance Cycle: Read an extract from The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini

January 15, 2019

Start Reading Now Bestselling author Christopher Paolini is back with a brand-new standalone book full of stories set in the world of Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle. Set a year after Eragon has left Alagaesia, his latest quest is to find a place to train a new cohort of Dragon Riders. Saphira (his dragon) joins […] - Read more


Magical Words: Q&A with author Christopher Paolini

Q: Bring us back to Alagaësia. How did you create such a fantastical world? If you had to describe it in five words, what would they be? A: The world of Alagaësia came about as my attempt to pay tribute to all the wonderful fantasy novels that I loved growing up. That and trying to […] - Read more