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2020 CBCA Awards

Congrats to the winners! Such an achievement and great news for the local book industry.  Some great ideas for Christmas for the young readers in your lives! Announcement: The CBCA Awards for 2020 were announced today, and are as follows: CBCA Book of the Year 2020 winners announced 16 October 2020 The winners of the… Continue reading 2020 CBCA Awards

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Book Bingo Eight 2020 – Themes of politics and power

  Welcome to the August edition of Book Bingo with Theresa and Amanda. This month I am checking off the square for themes of politics and power. In some books, the themes of politics and power are very overt, and very obvious to the reader. This can be because of the gender of a character,… Continue reading Book Bingo Eight 2020 – Themes of politics and power

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Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley

Title: Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal Author: Anna Whateley Genre: Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: 28th April 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 248 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: At sixteen, neurodivergent Peta Lyre is the success story of social training. That is, until she finds herself on a school ski trip - and falling in love… Continue reading Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley

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Isolation Publicity with Dr Anna Whateley

  Due to recent events, many Australian authors have had to cancel book launches and festival appearances. For some, this means new novels, series continuations and debut novels are heading into this scary, strange world without much publicity or attention. The good news is, you can still buy books – online or get your local… Continue reading Isolation Publicity with Dr Anna Whateley

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Adelaide Festival Award for Literature

Several prizes and shortlists have been announced recently – and one award that has been given in the past week is the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature. A Media Release from Walker Books about this award and the book appears below: From Walker Books: MEDIA RELEASE Sarah Epstein wins Young Adult Fiction Award at Adelaide… Continue reading Adelaide Festival Award for Literature

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Christmas in Paris (Miss Lily #3.5) by Jackie French

Title: Christmas in Paris (Miss Lily #3.5) Author: Jackie French Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: HarperCollins Published: 18th November 2019 Format: eBook Pages: 104 Price: $14.99 Synopsis: Paris, Christmas Eve, 1933 For once it was an accident. Violette did not mean to kill St Nicholas. But there he was, with blood on the cobblestones, and a… Continue reading Christmas in Paris (Miss Lily #3.5) by Jackie French

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Books and Bites Bingo Eco Themes:  The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

Eco themes was one I thought I would struggle with – I haven’t read a lot of climate fiction, and also, haven’t read many books about sustainability – many are simply not in a genre I enjoy, such as cookbooks or lifestyle books, and as a result, they do not cross my path very often.… Continue reading Books and Bites Bingo Eco Themes:  The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

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The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

Title: The Vanishing Deep Author: Astrid Scholte Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: 3rd March 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 416 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: Astrid Scholte, bestselling author of Four Dead Queens, brings fans a thrilling new standalone YA fantasy where the dead can be revived…for a price. Two sisters. One dangerous secret. Twenty-four hours to… Continue reading The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

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February 2020 Round Up

In February this year I read seventeen books – several for pleasure, some for quiz writing purposes and the rest for review purposes – most coming out in March or in the next few months. My current total stats for my reading challenges are: The Modern Mrs Darcy 9/12 AWW2020 -15/25 Book Bingo - 9/12… Continue reading February 2020 Round Up

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Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster

Title: Esme’s Gift Author: Elizabeth Foster Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Odyssey Books Published: 30th November 2019 Format: Paperback Pages: 266 Price: $23.95 Synopsis: Terror was within. Terror was without. Like her mother, she was at the water’s mercy. In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver faces her hardest task yet. She must master her… Continue reading Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster