Queenie in Seven Moves by Zanni Louise

Queenie in Seven Moves

Zanni Lousie is a well-known author of many wonderful picture books for children and a supporter of the children’s literary community in Australia. She runs workshops and retreats for writers, hosts a podcast and mentors other writers. Her first middle grade novel, Queenie In Seven Moves, was published by Walker Books in 2023 and Candlewick…

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The First Summer of Callie McGee by A.L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by AL Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A.L. Tait was an apt read for me over the Christmas-New Year week. Filled with references to summer in Australia, beachside towns, and the tensions between local and tourist kids, this gentle coming-of-age story with a mystery twist, tells the tale of 12-year-old Callie McGee across one week…

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The Letterbox Tree by Rebecca Lim & Kate Gordon

The letterbox tree

The Letterbox Tree is by two of my favourite Australian authors, Rebecca Lim and Kate Gordon. As you’d expect from two such talented writers, this upper middle-grade/lower YA novel takes some extremely difficult and very real topics and wraps them up in a warm story of found friendship, self-belief and hope. The story is centred…

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The Rebels of Mount Buffalo Pre-release Road Trip!

Helen at The Gorge with The Rebels of Mount Buffalo

On a sunny Sunday morning on the 8th October, the Buffalo Rebels Road Crew set off on an adventure to the Nth East of Victoria for The Rebels of Mount Buffalo Pre-release Road Trip! The crew consisted of myself, my husband John, and our 15-year-old son Maxwell. I organised the tour myself, and it took…

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Bidhi Galing by Anita Heiss & Samantha Campbell

Bidhi Galing (Big Rain) by Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is an internationally published, award-winning author of 23 books; non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction and children’s novels. She is a proud member of the Wiradyuri Nation of central New South Wales, an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the GO Foundation, and Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland.…

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