Book review: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

The Chimes by Anna Smaill, Sceptre, ISBN 9781444794533, RRP$34.99 What if we didn’t remember things? What if memory meant so little to us that we let things go, not even knowing what they were? What if our world was so full of music, both beautiful and dangerous, that it crowded out our memories? That’s the […]

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Book review: The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley

The Last of the Spirits by Chris Priestley, Bloomsbury, ISBN9781408854136, RRP$27.99 Christmas may be well gone but stock up for next year’s present pile or just enjoy a bit of Christmas with this excellent book for kids and young adults. The Last of the Spirits is another retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol but […]

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Book review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury, ISBN9781408856000, RRP $24.99 Some books you read the blurb for and get rather excited about. Expectations run high… which can always lead to dashed hopes. That rather dramatic opening is basically my way of saying I really had high hopes for There Will Be Lies but ultimately […]

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Book review: Minton Goes! by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble

Minton Goes! by Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble, Allen & Unwin, ISBN9781760111960 When you think “cute characters for kids” you don’t immediately think “spotty salamander”, unless, that is, you’ve met the delightful Minton. Yes, Minton our eponymous hero is a salamander and what an energetic little fellow he turns out to be. Minton Goes! is […]

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