Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can’t Dance is a feel-good children’s story about a giraffe named Gerald who just wants to dance – and dance and dance and dance! Following much clumsiness and disappointment, Gerald eventually finds his feet when he discovers his own unique inner song and realises he can do anything he puts his mind to! With […]

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley Izzy Dane works for a women’s charity in India and is returning to England to get married.   She is engaged to Kieran and having spent very little time together discovers she has made a mistake.  Izzy breaks their engagement and returns to her childhood village of Halfhidden to live […]

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The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin : Book Club Discussion Questions

‘Well, I’m going to the police,’ said Cadogan. ‘If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the sort of book in which characters don’t go to the police when they’ve no earthly reason for not doing so.’

“You’ve got an earthly reason for not doing so immediately.”

“What’s that?”

“The pubs are open…Let’s go and have a drink before we do anything rash.”

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The Iron King by Maurice Druon – Book club discussion questions

“Too young to fear or even imagine death, they would not hesitate to distribute it around them.”

The Full Spectrum is looking for young authors

So, we don’t usually post about competitions here, but reviews of David Levithan’s material have been hugely popular, and our comrades down at the Arts Centre are gearing up for the Glitter Festival, so… If you are, or know, an author under 21 somewhere on the LGBTQI+ (add you own abbreviations here: they’ve already apologised for […]

June Reading Diary : Classics of Fantasy

To explore our ongoing theme of the Best Quests, I’ve been sampling ancient fantasy and travel literature. (58-9) The Book of Wonder and Tales of Three Hemispheres by Lord Dunsany Lord Dunsany is one of the great founders of fantasy, and his works are easy to recommend to those interested in the genre. Dunsany writes […]

Amy July 01

June Online ebook club – Amy by Peggy Savage

This month we’re looking at a lesser-known novel for our online ebook club, Amy by Peggy Savage. Dr Amy Richmond, after being falsely accused and struck off the medical register travels to France to work as an orderly during World War I. She is hoping to rebuild her reputation and regain her medical licence. It is amongst the suffering of the first world war that Amy discovers the meaning of sacrifice, hope and love.

Keeper June 30

June Online ebooks Club Wrap-up – Keeper

This month we read “Keeper” by Andrea Gillies, a memoir about caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s not an easy book to read. It is quite depressing and does not end on a happy note.. It is, however an important book as it raises awareness of the reality of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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 […]

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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…


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