Gus and The Starlight by Victoria Carless

Have you ever wanted to live in a movie theatre? Or, if you’re old enough to remember, even a drive-in? I am old enough to remember the magic of the drive-in; watching a story unfold on the screen against the backdrop of the stars, snuggled safely inside your car, or sitting out under a blanket,…

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Aster’s Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon creates characters that you can identify with, no matter how old you are. Her writing is insightful, moving and beautiful. She can suffuse even the darkest moments with humour and build lyrical worlds that draw you into their centre, as you walk alongside the characters. Aster’s Good, Right Things, was the winner of…

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Diversity in Children’s Books

When I was 5 years old, I developed asthma that would regularly land me in bed, very sick. At 12, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which was devastating. I remember having anxiety as far back as my memories travel. I suffered undiagnosed depression as a teenager. In adulthood I lived through post-natal depression…

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Elsewhere Girls by Emily Gale and Nova Weetman

It’s midnight and I’m alone in the kitchen eating a cold potato scallop. Coach O’Call would say something like, ‘That’s not what I expect from a scholarship girl!’ because I have to be up for squad training in five hours and I’m not supposed to go near potato scallops, and—oh, yeah—it’s my fifth. Elsewhere Girls,…

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Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, by Katrina Nannestad

Award-winning writer Katrina Nannestad won my heart with her incredible book, We Are Wolves. In this new historical fiction, she transports us to Russia and into the life of Sasha, a soldier at only six years old, inspired by a real life boy who lost his family and home in WWII and became an adopted…

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Five Minutes with HM Waugh #LoveAusAuthors

HM (Heather) Waugh is an author, educator and environmental scientist. Her debut book for middle readers, The Lost Stone of SkyCity, was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, and her YA novel, Evacuation Road is a CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2022 Notable. She has signed a two-book deal with Allen & Unwin for a…

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