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Out by Angela May George and Owen Swan

A review by Emma Streeton I’m called an asylum seeker; but that’s not my name. Out tells the story of a little girl who flees her homeland, making a long and frightening boat journey with her mother to seek asylum in a new country. Starting a new life is challenging, but they work hard to create a new home. Told from the little girl’s point of view, the story is heartbreaking yet triumphant. “I’ve seen horrible things, they’ve shown me what it i…

Nelson: Pumpkins and Aliens by Andrew Levins

A review by Emma Streeton Introducing Nelson Meet Nelson . . . he’s an ordinary kid. Everyone thinks he’s shy but, really, he’s just bored. Nelson hates vegetables. He hates the smell of them, he hates the look of them. Most of all, he hates eating them. But what if they gave him superpowers? Superpowers he needs when an alien race he made up in class swoops into town and holds his school hostage, threatening to eat his teacher. Award winning fo…

Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

A review by Emma Streeton The Bass Rock opens in 1720s Scotland when a priest and his son lose themselves in a forest while transporting a witch to the coast to stop their village from being lynching her. In the gloomy slow years after World War II, Ruth finds herself the replacement wife to a recent widower and stepmother to his two young boys. Her husband installed her in a huge house by the sea, haunted by those who came before. Fifty years l…

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

A Review by Emma Streeton The book begins with an eleven-year-old Hamnet running around town looking for his mother or a doctor or anyone to tell that his twin sister Judith is very ill. She has a fever and there are lumps on her neck, a revealing sign of the bubonic plague. He can’t find anyone to help so Hamnet lies down on the bed beside her. This opening engages the reader in the drama from the outset. O’Farrell continues to deliver througho…

Carly Findlay: a thank you party! early January 2020

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series Thank you to #AuthorsForFireys contributors

…love the colors I’ve used here: purple and lime green really appeal to me. Emma Streeton’s daughters loved this card, partly for the colors. And I hope Carly, who loves bright colors, will also enjoy them. Through the course of making this card I also realized how hard it is to place those little dots artistically. I put a couple down and thought they looked stupid, so I put more down and more and nearly had a panic attack because I couldn’t make…

Mirror Mirror: A Disney Twisted Tale

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Disney Princesses

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Disney Princesses A review by Emma Streeton The Story Mirror, Mirror: What if the Evil Queen poisoned the prince? Following her beloved mother’s death, the kingdom falls into the hands of Snow White’s stepmother, commonly referred to as “the Evil Queen” by those she rules. Snow keeps her head down at the castle trying to make the best of her situation. However, when new information about her parents resur…

Lost Ones by Anita Frank

A Review by Emma Streeton The Story The year is 1917. While struggling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her impressive country home, Greyswick. She arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister fearful. Before long Stella is aware of strange things happening: crying in the night, little footsteps on the stairs, objects appearing in strange places. As even…

Frozen 2: Forest of Shadows by Kamilla Benko

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Disney Princesses

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Disney Princesses A review by Emma Streeton The Story Frozen 2: Forest of Shadows begins with Elsa absorbed in her role as queen of Arendelle. Anna wants only to be helpful, supporting both her sister and her kingdom. She is struggling to see where she fits in, looking for the role she should play since Elsa’s coronation. Then a mysterious sickness hits Arendelle, delaying Elsa’s grand tour. Anna feels thi…

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

A review by Emma Streeton This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor is a collection of diary entries written by Kay during his medical training from 2004 to 2010 within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). During this time Kay specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. His contact with patients in these departments form the basis of most of his secret diary anecdotes. He says he was compelled to write this book in support of the…

Body Book by Nosy Crow, illustrated by Hannah Alice

A review by Emma Streeton What’s going on inside the human body? How do we move, eat, think and breathe? Children will love looking inside the human body to discover the answers with this incredible interactive board book. With labelled acetate diagrams of the muscular, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory and nervous systems, this is a fantastic first look at human anatomy. From pumping blood to breathing air, The Body Book…

Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning

A review by Emma Streeton The Lost Jewels is a riveting historical fiction inspired by the true story of ‘The Cheapside Hoard’. The ‘hoard’ was a large collection of expensive jewelry unearthed during construction in a London street in 1912. It is one of the most famous and mysterious finds of jewelry and gemstone treasures in the world. The ‘hoard’ still remains shrouded in mystery. If, like me, you are a fan of historical fiction, this novel i…

Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F John

A Review by Emma Streeton I picked up the Haunting of Henry Twist because the COSTA awards shortlisted it for ‘first novel’ award back in 2017. This usually guarantees a pretty decent read. Reading the title and glancing over the back cover I expected it to be a Gothic ghost tale full of suspense. However, without giving too much of the story away, the haunting is not linked to a mystical presence but instead to the psychological repercussion of…

DK Help Your Kids With Maths – An Australian Step-by-Step Guide

A Review by Emma Streeton Like most parents in the past few weeks, I have been tasked with the joys of homeschooling. Now, my girls are still both young but I have to admit that helping them with maths has proven a bit of a challenge. It has been many years since I have had to delve into the mathematical problem solving part of my brain. So, when I saw this book I leapt at the chance of some step-by-step help…..for me! My bookworms and I truly b…

Making a baby: an inclusive guide to how every family begins by Rachel Greener and Clare Owen

A Review by Emma Streeton For any parent whose younger children are, every now and then, asking questions about how babies are really made, this is the book for you! Aimed at younger readers, this is an honest and accessible guide to what is needed to make a baby and the different ways it can happen. What makes this such a great book is actually hard to narrow down as everything about it works. The simplicity of the illustrations and the accessi…

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan

A review by Emma Streeton Natalie has never felt that she’s enough (Nat Enough) – athletic enough, stylish enough, or talented enough. And on the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought – now she’s not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily. As Natalie tries to get her best friend back, she learns more about her true self and natural talents. If Natalie can focus on who she is rather than who she…