The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle

I first discovered that Arthur Conan Doyle had written books other than his Sherlock Holmes ones earlier this year when Carol @Journey and Destination reviewed The Tragedy of the Korosko.It's a contemporary (for Doyle) fiction full of high drama and tension with political undertones. Global communities, religious freedom and personal responsibility are debated by Doyle's characters, … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Bad Guys Episode 2 Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey

"Go be a hero"What a great line.Sadly for The Bad Guys (Mr Wolf, Snake, Piranha and Shark) their idea to show the world that they are, in fact, good guys hasn't quite gone to plan. News reports of their first event have completely misrepresented what actually happened.They decide they need to do something more dramatic … Continue reading The Bad Guys Episode 2 Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey

Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein and Judy Watson

Some books naturally appeal to the former preschool teacher in me.Thunderstorm Dancing is one of those books.On the surface Germein presents us with a simple story about overcoming fears, in particular, the fear of summer thunder storms.But thanks to her rhyming, flowing, exuberant language, I can also picture the music and free movement dance lessons … Continue reading Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein and Judy Watson

The Cleo Stories by Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood

Back to school is a busy time of year in a bookshop.As the teachers are planning their term lessons and families are getting back into school routines, everyone suddenly becomes concerned about whether their children are reading enough.We are inundated with requests for early readers, simple chapter books and 'quality' literature for primary kids. And … Continue reading The Cleo Stories by Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood

Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend by Anna Branford

Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend is Branford's fifth book is this lovely, lovely series. It is also the second time that Branford has been shortlisted for the CBCA (her first book, Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot received the honour award in 2011).In the Brilliant Plot we meet young Violet and her mum as they are getting ready to go … Continue reading Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend by Anna Branford