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Sticks and Stones by Katherine Firkin

A review by Emma Streeton It’s winter in Melbourne and Detective Emmett Corban is starting to regret his promotion to head of the Missing Persons Unit, as the routine reports pile up on his desk. So when Natale Gibson goes missing, he’s convinced this is the big case he’s been waiting for – the woman’s family insist the devoted mother would never abandon her children. Her personal accounts remain untouched. But things aren’t all they seem. The cl…

Frozen 2: Forest of Shadows by Kamilla Benko

This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Disney Princesses

This entry is part 1 of 16 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…

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…

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…

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…

The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton

A review by Emma Streeton The Loudness of Unsaid Things starts with Miss Kaye working at The Institute. A place for the damaged, the outliers, the not-quite rights. Everyone has different strategies to deal with the residents. Some bark orders. Some negotiate tirelessly. Miss Kaye found that simply being herself was mostly the right thing to do. Susie was seven when she realized she’d had her fill of character building. She’d lie between her Hol…

The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon

A review by Emma Streeton When Hannah and Sonny meet – The Minute I Saw You (or they saw each other) – a spark ignites that is hard to ignore and impossible to forget. Weeks later, their paths cross again, but Sonny appears distant and reluctant to meet Hannah’s eye. It soon transpires that Sonny is at a crossroads. He’s committed to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance. Hannah has her own reasons for wanting t…

The Year The Maps Changed by Danielle Binks

A review by Emma Streeton The Year the Maps Changed follows 11-year-old Winifred (Fred) and her life in Sorrento when 400 Kosovar-Albanian refugees arrive. We follow Fred through the year of 1999. Unlike most other middle grade novels this coming of age story is not just about Fred growing up. Instead it is about her dealing with change in the world around her as well as within herself. ‘I was eleven when everything started and twelve by the end…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Come Again by Robert Webb

A review by Emma Streeton Come Again is the first novel by award-winning British actor, comedian and author, Robert Webb. Nine months widowed, and not coping, all Kate Marsden wants to do is drink herself into oblivion, where at least she can dream of Luke. On reaching the anniversary of ten thousand days since they first met, Kate decides to end her life. But before taking the pills and vodka Kate needs just one more Luke dream. When she wakes…

Art Time! by Anh Do, illustrated by Dan McGuiness

A review by Emma Streeton Our favourite characters are back in Art Time!, Hot Dog series #8. This time Hotdog, Kev and Lizzie are entering an art contest at the local museum. But, as always, something most unexpected happens setting our trio off on another adventure. This time they are on the case of a stolen painting. But not just any painting. The most famous painting in the world – the ‘Llama Lisa’! It is up to Hotdog and his friends to chase…