Tag Archive: middle fiction

Nov 07

Review: Raven’s Mountain by Wendy Orr

I first watched Nim’s Island without realising that it was based on a novel by Wendy Orr, totally defying my usual Book Before The Movie mantra. My daughter and I read Nim’s Island together once I finally bought a copy and we both loved it, so I have been looking forward to reading Raven’s Mountain …

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Aug 30

Review: The Parfizz Pitch by Kate Hunter

I really enjoyed reading this modern story featuring a group of kids (early teens) solving a mystery and simply enjoying hanging out together over the summer school holidays. I loved the Australian setting, the humour and the very real way that the kids related to each other. As for the mystery at Parfitt’s, this had …

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Aug 30

Review: Conspiracy 365 Series by Gabrielle Lord

I’m not much of a thriller reader, probably because they are either chillingly realistic (defying my ‘reading as escapism’ mantra) or stretch the bounds of believability so far that my rather cynical nature kicks in and the flow of the story is broken by my continual eye rolling at yet another coincidence that saves/threatens the …

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May 17

Review: The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 by Anita Heiss

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect reading The Diary of Mary Talence. I knew that it raised the issue of Australia’s Stolen Generation and I wasn’t sure how this complex and emotive issue would translate into a fictional story for younger readers. I think Anita Heiss does a wonderful job of introducing the concept …

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Aug 11

Review: The Night they Stormed Eureka by Jackie French

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 a wonderful gift as a storyteller and particularly like the way she is able to portray a well known …

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Jun 15

Author Interview: Cathy Cassidy

Angel Cake - Cathy Cassidy

I recently spoke with popular UK author Cathy Cassidy when she was touring in Australia to promote two new titles Angel Cake and Shine On Daizy Star. Cathy writes books for pre-teen girls aged 9 – 13 years and the new Daizy Star series caters to slightly younger girls, aged 8 – 11. Is this your …

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Apr 19

Review: Exchanging Lives by Kathy Buchanan

After reading some more serious literature of late, I enjoyed the distraction of this fun “fish out of water” tween novel by Australian journalist and author Kathy Buchanan. Fashion Diva Annie and Eco-Warrior Charlie are chosen to represent their Sydney school on a Year 8 exchange student program. Each girl gets to spend 3 months …

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