March 23, 2016

“Don’t judge me, bitch. This is a high-stress situation.” - Frankie, p. 9.

Shivaun Plozza’s debut YA novel 'Frankie' (Penguin, April 2016) will slice you like an electric knife through kebab meat. The title character’s sassiness, cynicism, mistrust and anger h...

March 9, 2016


Judy Blume

Macmillan (2015 reprint)

My son pulled 'Forever' off a shelf in a bookstore. It was next to Enid Blyton in the young readers’ section.

He thought I’d like it because it had a cherry on the front, and I like cherries. He’s a young, innocent child. Thought...

October 12, 2015

Words: Longy Han

Pictures: Elinor Hägg

This picture book is the first in the Curious Travels of Gusto & Gecko series, and self-published by author Longy Han. One of the main drivers of this series – in which the title characters will visit different areas – was to introd...

May 11, 2015

Teenage life in the media spotlight

There’s YA realism and there’s YA realism. 'One True Thing' is definitely the latter: a great story with a relatable protagonist who draws the reader into current, relevant and topical issues. Following Nicole Hayes's 2013 debut novel...

October 2, 2014

Words: Heather Gallagher

Pictures: Liz McGrath

Wombat Books, 2014


Perinatal, or post-natal, depression (PND) affects one in seven new mothers and one in 10 new fathers in Australia, according to the end notes of this book. 'Happy Pants', written from the perspective of...

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