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Mini Review: Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Malamander by Thomas Taylor 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 Herbert's window and asks for his aid in escaping the man… 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 by Nova Weetman 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 father and dealing with the trauma experienced by her mother.… 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

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The Value of Bookshops

For some time local businesses have found themselves diminishing thanks to large shopping chains and online retailers. Local bookshops are no exception to the rule. In Stranger Things season three, town members protest against the '80s consumerist shift to the one-stop-shop and cultural sphere: the shiny new shopping centre. These days, shopping centres have been… Continue reading The Value of Bookshops