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Mini Review: Lola in the Middle

Lola in the Middle Author: Cecily Anne Paterson Release Date: 15 May, 2020 RRP: $16.99 (PB) Publisher: Wombat Books Synopsis: Lola is in the middle on the netball court. She is also in the middle in life... stuck between parents fighting and her best friends arguing. When her netball team looks like they might be… Continue reading Mini Review: Lola in the Middle

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MG Book Club Term Two, 2020 Wrap-Up

The Mad Hatters Middle Grade Book Club is made up of five kids aged 9 – 12. Every fortnight during the school term we explore both fiction and non-fiction targeted towards kids in upper primary school. We cover a range of genres and writing styles to broaden their variety of reading material as well as… Continue reading MG Book Club Term Two, 2020 Wrap-Up

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Mini Review: Lalani of the Distant Sea

Lalani of the Distant Sea Author: Erin Entrada Kelly Release Date: January 2020 RRP: $14.99 (PB) Publisher: Allen & Unwin Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Lalani lives with her mother, stepfather and stepbrother on the island of Sanlagita, whose residents are suffering from drought. The story follows Lalani's quest to save her mother and bring fortune to her… Continue reading Mini Review: Lalani of the Distant Sea

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Review: The House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)Author: Sarah J. MaasRelease Date: March 2020RRP: $29.99Publisher: BloomsburySynopsis: Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds… Continue reading Review: The House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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Mini Review: Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Malamander Author: Thomas Taylor Release Date: 1 May, 2019 RRP: $17.99 (PB) Publisher: Walker Books Synopsis: Herbert Lemon works as a Lost-and-Founder, returning lost items to their individuals at the Grand Nautilus Hotel in the town of Eerie-on-the-Sea, a tourist seascape which empties during the chilly winter. One night, a girl called Violet jumps through… Continue reading Mini Review: Malamander by Thomas Taylor

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2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Predictions

CBCA Older Readers This is How We Change the Ending - Vikki Wakefield Invisible Boys - Holden Sheppard It Sounded Better in my Head - Nina Kenwood Aurora Rising - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff How It Feels to Float - Helena Fox The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling - Wai Chim I Am… Continue reading 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Predictions

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Mini Review: Sick Bay by Nova Weetman

Sick Bay Author: Nova Weetman Release Date: 1 May, 2019 RRP: $16.95 (PB) Publisher: UQP Synopsis: Sick Bay is a contemporary middle-grade novel about two twelve-year-old girls who meet in their school sick bay. Riley is a type 1 diabetic in the popular girl group in. Meg is a loner grieving the death of her… Continue reading Mini Review: Sick Bay by Nova Weetman

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Middle Grade Book Club Term Four Wrap-Up

The Mad Hatters Middle Grade Book Club is made up of seven kids aged 9 – 12. Every fortnight during the school term we explore both fiction and non-fiction targeted towards kids in upper primary school. We cover a range of genres and writing styles to broaden their variety of reading material as well as… Continue reading Middle Grade Book Club Term Four Wrap-Up

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Middle Grade Book Club Term Three Wrap-Up

The Mad Hatters Middle Grade Book Club is made up of five kids aged 9 – 12. Every fortnight during the school term we explore both fiction and non-fiction targeted towards kids in upper primary school. We cover a range of genres and writing styles to broaden their variety of reading material as well as… Continue reading Middle Grade Book Club Term Three Wrap-Up

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Spring-Inspired Reads

Forget spring cleaning, we'll be spring reading this season! As Spring approaches after one chilly winter, here are ten of our favourite reads, new and old, to read with your littles and brighten up your September days. Flower Power Labradors by Allison Langton Flower Power Labradors! Come with me to shake their paws. Black and… Continue reading Spring-Inspired Reads