Tag Archive: children’s novel

Nov 11

Book Review: Rapscallion’s Revenge (Ranger in Danger)

Rapscallion's Revenge by Willmore & Reynolds

Summary (Five Mile Press) You decide your destiny. You’re off to the top end of Australia in disguise. Bring on the danger! Massive crocodiles, hungry sharks, wild pigs and uncharted shipwrecks… Can you capture the crocodile hunters, before they stalk you? And who is the mysterious Rapscallion? Your fate is in your hands. Comments I …

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Oct 19

Book Review: The Greatest Blogger in the World by Andrew McDonald

The Greatest Blogger in the World by Andrew McDonald

Summary (from Hardie Grant Egmont website) Charlie Ridge has one small goal in life – to be the Greatest Blogger in the World. The internet has been in a frenzy since a competition began to win the website address www.thegreatestbloggerintheworld.com, and Charlie is making sure he’s the number one contender. Charlie has plenty to blog …

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Jun 28

Book Review: Toppling by Sally Murphy

Toppling by Sally Murphy

Summary (from Walker Books Australia website) John is obsessed with dominoes. But not with playing the traditional game, he is obsessed with toppling. He spends hours setting up spirals, ramps, patterns and lines of dominoes all for that satisfying toppling beginning with a small push in the right direction, everything falls as it is meant …

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Aug 27

Book Review – The Black Circle by Patrick Carman (The 39 Clues series)

The 39 Clues #5 - The Black Circle by Patrick Carman

Title: The Black Circle (The 39 Clues #5) Author: Patrick Carman Publisher: Scholastic, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-545-15291-4 Suitable Age: 8+ I know I’ve written about this series before, but with each new title I am once again reminded that this series is based on a fantastic concept. With the release of the The 39 Clues #5: …

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Aug 27

Book Review – Don’t Breathe a Word by Marianne Musgrove

Don't Breathe a Word by Marianne Musgrove

Title: Don’t Breathe a Word Author: Marianne Musgrove Publisher: Random House, 2009 (135 pages) ISBN: 978-1-74166-296-2 Suitable Age: 10+ Book Description ‘I, Mackenzie Elizabeth Carew, do solemnly swear never to communicate anything about what happened tonight.’ That’s what I promised my sister Tahlia, and I’ve tried my best to keep that promise. It’s hard, though. …

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Aug 11

Book Review – The Night they Stormed Eureka by Jackie French

The Night they Stormed Eureka by Jackie French

Title: The Night they Stormed Eureka Author: Jackie French Publisher: HarperCollins, 2009 (291 pages) ISBN: 978-0-7322-5841-8 Suitable Age: 10+ I’m a big Jackie French fan. I’ve always enjoyed her picture books and in the past 18 months have been impressed by the YA historical fiction titles that I have read. I think that she has …

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Jul 13

Book Review – It’s Yr Life by Tristan Bancks and Tempany Deckert

It's Yr Life by Tristan Bancks and Tempany Deckert

Title: It’s Yr Life Author: Tristan Bancks, Tempany Deckert Publisher: Random House, 2009 (282 pages) ISBN: 978-1-74166-397-6 Suitable Age: 13+ Description: Sim’s from Byron Bay. Milla lives in Hollywood. Sim’s in a foster home and dumpster-dives for food. Milla lives in a mansion with her celebrity parents. When they’re forced to email each other for …

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Jul 10

Sharing Classic Stories with Children

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I love sharing favourite novels from my childhood with my children. The more formal language offers a balance to the casual tone of many of their modern favourites and the stories are often full of adventure and fun. I was beguiled last year by a large hardcover edition of Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies illustrated …

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May 28

Book Review – The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society Author: Trenton Lee Stewart Publisher: Chicken House, 2009 (474pages) ISBN: 978-1-906427-02-3 Suitable Age: 10+ Ever have one of those “why haven’t I heard about this book before now?” moments? One of the disadvantages of living in the land Down Under is that it sometimes takes a while for information to …

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