A Tale of Magic By Chris Colfer

Brystal, a fourteen-year-old girl, lives in Chariot Hills, where, like the rest of the world, girls and women aren’t allowed to read books or have a useful education, and magic is forbidden on pain of death. Everyone believes the rules are good and trustworthy, but Brystal knows there is more to life for females thanContinue reading “A Tale of Magic By Chris Colfer”

The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor

In 1893, Cole’s Book Arcade, Melbourne, is the Grandest Bookshop in the World, a place of wonder and magic, dreams and happiness, and also the home of Pearl and Valley Cole, who live in the store. But life isn’t all books and excitement for the two children; their favourite sibling, Ruby, died, and to bringContinue reading “The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor”

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad

In the Spring of 1942, 6 year old Sasha is the only person left in his town that was once full of blue skies, beautiful flowers, proud geese, wooden houses and friendly neighbours. Everything and everyone who he ever knew is gone, enveloped in a soot-black cloud of smoke caused by the German invaders. AfterContinue reading “Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad”

When This Bell Rings by Allison Rushby

At 11-years-old, Tamsin is living next to the distinguished author, Edie St. Clair, and is used to seeing the flash of her red shoes among the boring grey sneakers. Edie is under pressure from journalists, readers and her publisher to finish her tenth and final book in the series, so, when Tamsin see’s her runContinue reading “When This Bell Rings by Allison Rushby”

Nevertell by Katherine Orton

11-years-old, Lina has never seen life outside the prison wire. Having been born there, she can only dream about life beyond the gardening in the greenhouse, eating black hunks of bread for meals and sleeping in a crowded room with older women that has occupied her life so far. Only able to imagine her grandmother’sContinue reading “Nevertell by Katherine Orton”

Bindi by Kirli Saunders

11-year-old Bindi is not into math, but loves art class and hockey. Living in Rural Australia, she has her own horse, Nell, and her most favoured thing to do is roam around her country town, adventuring with her friends. After the Summer Holidays, her new school year starts just as it always does, new teachers,Continue reading “Bindi by Kirli Saunders”

Shockingly Good Stories by R.A. Spratt

From tall tales passed from mother to daughter about everyday happenings, to Friday Barnes logical schoolgirl mysteries, and legends of Nanny Piggins’ relatives inspiring Greek myths, fairy tales and events in history, this side-splitting, entertaining cluster of stories are made to be read aloud in silly voices, or in your head. This collection of twentyContinue reading “Shockingly Good Stories by R.A. Spratt”

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

10 year old April’s Father is an important researcher, and his current project is analysing the temperatures in the Arctic, which has sent them off to Bear Island. Bear Island is a remote arctic wilderness where, until the ice caps melted, Polar Bears used to thrive. April believed her Father that Polar Bears no longerContinue reading “The Last Bear by Hannah Gold”

The Boy who Stepped Through Time By Anna Ciddor

While on holiday in France, Perry wanders into an old ruin while at a Roman Market, definitely not expecting to be whisked away into the past, 1700 years back, when the Villa Rubia is at its former glory. While searching desperately for away back home, he must try to blend in as a slave, eatingContinue reading “The Boy who Stepped Through Time By Anna Ciddor”