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The Switch by Beth O’Leary

A review by Emma Streeton When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen. When Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-mo…

Thea Stilton and the Treasure Seekers #2: The Compass Of The Stars

A review by Emma Streeton Join Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters as their adventure to find the seven secret treasures continues. In this incredible adventure, the Thea Sisters come across the legendary Jewel of the Queen. They cross rivers of ice, deserts of fire, and other fascinating places on their journey to find it. Will they be successful in their quest? In my household we are big fans of the Geronimo Stilton books so we leapt at the oppor…

Nit Boy by Tristan Bancks and Heath McKenzie

A review by Emma Streeton Meet Lewis Snow. He has the worst case of nits in world history. Everyone wants him to shave his head but Lewis thinks of his nits as pets. He’s determined to keep his hair and his nits, whatever it takes. That is why he is “nit boy”. Meet Ned. Ned lives on Lewis’s head. He’s the first-ever jumping nit. Ned’s dad asks him to help nits take over the world. But Ned likes it on Lewis’s head. Ned’s vegan and hates the taste…

Hodgepodge: How To Make A Pet Monster by Lili Wilkinson

A review by Emma Streeton Artie is 11 years old. He does not believe in ghosts, or monsters. He believes in science. So when he and his step sister Willow find The Bigge Boke of Fetching Monsters in the attic he is both scared and intrigued. The book tells you how to make your own pet monster. But that’s impossible right?! Monsters do not exist… or do they? Artie and Willow are about to find out. 7-year-old bookworm response My youngest bookworm…

What Do You Call Your Grandpa by Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek

A review by Emma Streeton What do you call your grandpa? is beautifully illustrated. It pays tribute to the special bond between children and their grandfathers. No matter what name you call your grandpa, one thing is for sure: it is always fun to spend time with them. This book celebrates that special time spent together and the importance of this time clearly shines through in the beautiful illustrations. Multicultural I love that this story ce…

Pink! By Margaret Wild and Judith Rossell

A review by Emma Streeton Pink is a small dinosaur. Like her name clearly suggests, she is pink. She loves to play hide and seek but her color means she is always the first one to be found. Her disappointment is huge. She decides she does not want to be pink anymore. That is, until her difference helps her friends when they find themselves in trouble. Self-esteem This book is an ode to self-esteem and encourages kids to appreciate everything abou…

Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

A review by Emma Streeton “I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus of Nazareth. I am a voice” – The Book Of Longings. It is widely believed that Jesus was the son of God. An unmarried man who was crucified and buried. The Bible tells us about Jesus’s life. However, much of his short life is a mystery. What if in those years, Jesus found love and married? Sue Monk Kidd took this idea. She turned it into what is one of the best pieces of historical fict…

Faraway Truth by Janae Marks

A review by Emma Streeton Zoe Washington never met her father. He was sent to prison right before she was born and she has had no contact with him since. So when she receives a letter from him on her twelfth birthday it is a huge surprise. Zoe’s mum always told her that her father Marcus was a liar and a monster. But how can this be true when in his letter he seems so nice? Through secretly writing to her father, Zoe begins to investigate the cr…

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

A review by Emma Streeton Set in Japan the story follows Yui and Takeshi, both of whom have lost people close to them. Yui’s mother and daughter died in the tsunami that hit the north of Japan in March 2011. Takeshi’s wife died, leaving his young daughter mute. Both find comfort in the ‘wind phone’ – a disused telephone in the garden of Belle Gardia where people go to talk to their departed loved ones. Together, Yui and Takeshi go on a journey th…

Eddy Popcorn’s Guide To Parent Training by Dee White

A review by Emma Streeton The school holidays have started and Eddy Popcorn can’t wait to hang out with his friends. Then disaster strikes. Eddy’s parents ground him for not doing his homework. Faced with not seeing the beach or his mates for the whole holiday, Eddy puts all of his frustration into creating a helpful book for kids. He calls this book, Eddy Popcorn’s guide to parent training. I enjoyed reading this with my eldest bookworm. It off…

Derek Dool Supercool: Bust A Move

A review by Emma Streeton Think of the COOLEST, FUNNIEST, most HANDSOME kid in school, times it by a gazillion and you get DEREK DILBERT DOOL. At least he thinks so . . . Pity he’s the only one. Life’s tough when your name’s Derek. You’re destined to be uncool. But Derek is determined to find something – anything – that will change that. He’s sick of being picked last in PE, of not being invited to parties, and of all the cool kids using his fre…

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

A Review by Emma Streeton I think I am still processing what this book has raised for me. As a result it has taken me some time to write this review. To be quite honest I am not even sure I can gather the words to give this book the review that it deserves. It was just that powerful. How do you write about a fictional love affair between a teacher and a 15-year-old student that is actually a predatory relationship? There are no easy answers to t…

Parlour Games For Modern Families by Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras

A review by Emma Streeton Reviving the tradition of indoor family games, this book guide brings mental stimulation, silliness, and laughter back into the house. From games of logic, memory, and wordplay to rough-and-tumble activities and even simple recipes, this collection takes the environment into consideration, only requiring items easily found around the home. Parlour Games organizes the featured games thematically and cross-references for…

Desire Lines by Felicity Volk

A review by Emma Streeton ‘ARE YOU STILL a liar?’ This is the opening line to Volk’s incredible novel Desire Lines. These words pulled me in from the start. I gripped onto this book tight and did not want to let go. The Story Catastrophe is all seven-year-old Paddy O’Connor has known. Abandoned by his family and shipped from institutional care in London to an Australian farm school, his world is a dark place where he is forced to deal with painf…

Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

A review by Emma Streeton When I read Josie Silver’s previous book One Day In December I was charmed. So when I saw her latest release was available I was eager to see if this one was as good. I was not disappointed one bit. Why? Because The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is an even better, more addictive read! Don’t be put off by the cover which would lead you to believe this is a soppy love story. It is so much more than that. The story follows the p…