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The Tower at the End of Time by Amy Sparkes

Title: The Tower at the End of Time Author: Amy Sparkes Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Walker Books Published: 5th January 2022 Format: Paperback Pages: 272 Price: $14.99 Synopsis: Adventurous, magical and brilliantly funny sequel to The House at the Edge of Magic. Nine and her friends have broken the curse on their marvellous, magical House, and are… Continue reading The Tower at the End of Time by Amy Sparkes

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Australian Author Reading Challenge – Emu Level and Beyond 2021

This year, one of the challenges I had a go at was the Aussie Author Reading Challenge. I started with Kangaroo level, and completed that by mid-March, so read onwards, even overtaking Emu. Not all the Australian books I read were used for this challenge, I used about 111 of my total. 84 were women,… Continue reading Australian Author Reading Challenge – Emu Level and Beyond 2021

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Challenge Completed – Australian Women Writers Challenge 2021

2021 marks the end of the Australian Women Writer’s challenge as a general challenge focusing on women authors throughout Australian history. From next year, it shifts focus to the unknown, lesser recognised authors from the 19th and early 20th century. Interesting, but I don’t think I’ll be able to focus on that with all my… Continue reading Challenge Completed – Australian Women Writers Challenge 2021

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Grace’s Escape by Louise Park

Title: Grace’s Escape Author: Louise Park Genre: Magical Realism, Historical Fiction Publisher: Berbay Publishing Published: 29th September 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 272 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: Grace and her mother have moved from Broome to a real-life Victorian castle, steeped in literary history. Intrepid Grace has discovered that she can slip back in time, but what… Continue reading Grace’s Escape by Louise Park

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Grace’s Secrets by Louise Park

Title: Grace’s Secrets Author: Louise Park Genre: Magical Realism Publisher: Berbay Publishing Published: 29th September 2019 Format: Hardcover Pages: 136 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: When twelve-year-old Grace trades her tropical home in Western Australia for a faraway castle, Victorian costumes and a village trapped in time she thinks it’s the fresh start she desperately needs. But… Continue reading Grace’s Secrets by Louise Park

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Tinsel: The Girls who Invented Christmas by Sibéal Pounder

Title: Tinsel: The Girls who Invented Christmas Author: Sibéal Pounder Genre: Christmas, Fantasy Publisher: Bloomsbury Published: 3rd November 2020 Format: Hardcover Pages: 320 Price: $17.99 Synopsis: What if somewhere along the way we've all got the Santa story a bit wrong...? Join Blanche Claus and her best friend Rinki for a funny festive sleigh ride… Continue reading Tinsel: The Girls who Invented Christmas by Sibéal Pounder

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QBD Reading Challenge Wrap-up Post

As the year comes to a close, so are my reading challenges, and I’m getting very close to being able to tick all of them off. With one left to complete – The Australian Women Writer’s Challenge – I’ve managed to wrap every other challenge. My one hurdle with this challenge was a coffee table… Continue reading QBD Reading Challenge Wrap-up Post

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Kensy and Max: High Voltage by Jacqueline Harvey

Title: Kensy and Max: High Voltage Author: Jacqueline Harvey Genre: Mystery Publisher: Puffin Published: 28th September 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: What happens when you know that family must come first but there are others in desperate need of help? When danger lurks around every corner? After a tumultuous school term, a… Continue reading Kensy and Max: High Voltage by Jacqueline Harvey

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The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery

Title: The Chime Seekers Author: Ross Montgomery Genre: Magical Realism Publisher: Walker Books Published: 3rd November 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 384 Price: $18.99 Synopsis: From the Costa-shortlisted and critically acclaimed author of the bestselling The Midnight Guardians comes a middle-grade fantasy adventure about siblings, courage and the magic that hides in the cracks. Step into a world… Continue reading The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery

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October Wrap Up 2021

Whilst a quieter month reading and work wise, October felt busier as we opened again, and as some of the books I read were a little longer or came later than usual for publication day reviews. At least ten of the books I read were by Australian authors, and I still need to complete the… Continue reading October Wrap Up 2021