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The Holocaust: A Chronicle of History and Hope by Hugh Dolan, illustrated by Adrian Barbu

Title: The Holocaust: A Chronicle of History and Hope Author: Hugh Dolan, illustrated by Adrian Barbu Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Scholastic Press Australia Published: 1st April 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 80 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: Age 9+ ·  Powerful, moving, graphic novel ·  Personal stories against a broad historical context ·  Incorporates original images and documents… Continue reading The Holocaust: A Chronicle of History and Hope by Hugh Dolan, illustrated by Adrian Barbu

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The Gentle Genius of Trees by Philip Bunting

Title: The Gentle Genius of Trees Author: Philip Bunting Genre: Non-Fiction Publisher: Scholastic Australia/Omnibus Books Published: 1st April 2021 Format: Hardback Pages: 32 Price: $19.99 Synopsis:  A funny, forensic, forest of facts exploring the brilliance of trees, from photosynthesis, symbiosis, and the wood-wide web·  From the quirky and celebrated author/illustrator of How Did I Get… Continue reading The Gentle Genius of Trees by Philip Bunting

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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Title: House of Hollow Author: Krystal Sutherland Genre: Young Adult, fantasy, mystery, urban fantasy/fairy tale Publisher: Penguin Published: 30th March 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: 'This dark, deliciously twisted novel has everything you could hope for as a reader – a brilliant concept, glamorous characters with secrets to hide, immersive world-building, and… Continue reading House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

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Space Detectives by Mark Powers and Dapo Adeola

Title: Space Detectives Author: Mark Powers and Dapo Adeola Genre: Science Fiction, Crime Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia Published: 2nd March 2021 Format: Paperback Pages:176 Price: $12.99 Synopsis: Connor and Ethan are spending their summer holidays aboard the world's first orbiting city, Starville (basically Beverley Hills in space!). The amazing space station is bursting with celebrities and… Continue reading Space Detectives by Mark Powers and Dapo Adeola

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The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Title: The Paris Library Author: Janet Skeslien Charles Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Hachette Australia Published: 9th February 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 430 Price: $32.99 Synopsis: Inspired by the true story of the librarians at the American Library in Paris who risked their lives during the Nazis' war on words: a story of courage, defiance and… Continue reading The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

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Friday Barnes: Bitter Enemies by R.A. Spratt

Title: Friday Barnes: Bitter Enemies Author: R.A. Spratt Genre: Mystery Publisher: Puffin Published: 7th January 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 272 Price: $15.99 Synopsis: Headmasters behaving badly! Headmasters behaving badly! When four former headmasters arrive at Highcrest Academy to take part in the school’s anniversary celebrations, the students are warned to be on their best behaviour.… Continue reading Friday Barnes: Bitter Enemies by R.A. Spratt

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Dymocks Reading Challenge 2021

The final challenge I am taking part in this year is the Dymocks Reading Challenge. It also has fairly open categories – here, things can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. I think this makes for an effective challenge, as I can often find a way to make what I am reading work for… Continue reading Dymocks Reading Challenge 2021

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December 2020 Wrap Up post

December 2020 saw me reading my final 22 books for the year, bringing me to 239 for the year.  Of these books, three were rereads, and another was one that I chose not to review, and therefore not reviewed, and two were reviews that are for books coming out in January 2021 and will therefore… Continue reading December 2020 Wrap Up post

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The Philosopher’s Daughters by Alison Booth

Title: The Philosopher’s Daughters Author: Alison Booth Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Red Door Press Published: 2nd April 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Price: $24.99 Synopsis: A tale of two very different sisters whose 1890s voyage from London into remote outback Australia becomes a journey of self-discovery, set against a landscape of wild beauty and savage… Continue reading The Philosopher’s Daughters by Alison Booth

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October Wrap Up 2020

As we head into the pointy end of the year, I’ve had to make the decision to change the way I tackle challenges, doubling up where I can, and even thinking about reducing the challenges I take on next year, due to the overly prescriptive nature of the reading challenges that are available, and at… Continue reading October Wrap Up 2020