Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember By Karen Tyrrell reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review By Jill Smith©Jun15 Title: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Author: Karen Tyrrell     Illustrator: Aaron Pocock  Harry Hope lives on a farm. His grandparents live nearby and Harry just loves it when Grandpa plays hide and seek with him. He starts to notice Grandpa getting slower, then one day, Grandpa doesn’t want to play with […]

teen June 26

Teen Read Week

Gold Coast teens are in for a treat with nine days of events at nine branch libraries in July. Check out the program…

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE – Anthony Doerr

Hitler is in power and Germany is on the brink of another war.  In Paris, near the Museum of Natural History, live a blind child Marie-Laurie and her father who works at the museum as a master of locks.  The Nazis are invading Paris and Marie-Laurie and her father escape to Saint-Malo where father’s reclusive […]

The Dalai Lama’s cat – David Michie

The Dalai Lama’s Cat – David Michie An abandoned and injured Himalayan kitten is rescued from the streets of Delhi by the Dalai Lama and taken to his home at Dharamsala. I admit I picked this book from the shelves as I loved the picture of the cat on the front cover.  As I started […]

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw Retired Police Inspector Auguste Jovert and the former Professor of Law, Tadashi Omura meet in Paris and exchange tales about their lives. Omura’s former friend, Katsuo Ikeda, is also a central character and is exposed as a  brilliant and selfish writer.    The Snow Kimono is also a tale about […]

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8 ways to make history come alive

History isn’t about memorising names and dates and events.

Here are 8 tips on how to make history come alive:

Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra

I picked up this book because I misremembered one of the challenges for the 2015 Readers Challenge. I thought I had to read a book with a precious stone in the title; it should have been a book with a chemical element in the title. You can see my mistake! So while this isn’t a […]

Mischief (Short Stories) – Fay Weldon

I rarely read short stories but intrigued by the interesting cover I found myself immersed in Fay Weldon’s  “Mischief”; devouring one story after another. The stories are witty and a perceptive expose into the psyche of the characters she creates.  I empathized with her female characters as I read the crackling dialogue between men and […]

Trash

Trash by Andy Mulligan I loved this raw emotional book set in the slums of an unnamed country that could easily be any third world country. It is far removed from the tourist strip and is told through multiple narrators. It follows the lives of 3 dumpsite children, Raphael, Gardo and Rat, as they sort through the […]

The Last ANZAC by Gordon Winch, illustrated by Harriet Bailey reviewed by Jill Smith

My Grand-daughter picked it out of literally hundreds of books on offer at her school library for Book Week on Grandparents day. This is a beautiful picture book with illustrations that show the story simply, while the words in big print make it easy to follow. James and his Dad are visiting Alec Campbell in […]

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