Tag Archives: Australian authors

Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton Illustrated byAndrew McLean reviewed by Jill Smith

Bob the railway dog is a delightful story I will happily share with my grand-daughters. The history of the growing railway in South Australia, interwoven with the dog’s adventurous spirit, means he did not stay with his original friend Guard Ferry. He was spotted at many important events. Bob was everyone’s friend. Corinne Fenton has […]

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela illustrated Matt Ottley reviewed by Jill Smith

Suri was tall for her age. The other children kept away from her. They were afraid of her. She was lonely. Only the wall she walked along was warm to her touch. Then one day, she reached for the wall above her. She realised she was tall enough to see over it. She cried first. […]

Sins Of The Brother by Mark Whittaker & Les Kennedy

Sins of the brother by Mark Whittaker & Les Kennedy is the second book I have read about Ivan Milat this year. The first, Milat: inside Australia’s biggest manhunt by former detective and assistant commissioner of the NSW Police Clive Small, provided a personal account of how he led the investigation into the Belanglo State Forest murders and convicted Milat. […]

Ocean Child by Tamara McKinley

Ocean Child is set in the 1920’s; its about Lulu Pearson, who, as a young girl, was taken from Tasmania back to England by her aging Aunt. However, there is a family secret – a scandal which is revealed through the current life of Lulu, and the reminiscences of her elderly Aunt Clarice. Lulu’s future […]

Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel by Michael Gerard Bauer reviewed by Jill Smith

What a brilliant conclusion to Ishmael Leseur’s education. It starts with the ultimate let down, Kelly Faulkner saying farewell in an email, and the rest of the year looked like it would spiral down from there. Luckily for Ishmael he had his fab five friends to cheer him up. Razz was still the same madcap […]

The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky Reviewed by Jill Smith

I just finished this book, which I read quickly because I soon got lost in the plight of the girls and shared their fear. The teacher Miss Renshaw ruled her small class of 11 girls with an iron fist. She was a little whacky and definitely a dreamer. The girls knew that they dare not […]

104 in 52

100 Ideas that Changed Street Style by Josh Sims This is an interesting book that gives brief descriptions and history of 100 street styles, from “The teenager” through to “Magpie style”, this is one I wasn’t familiar with but I may just be a victim of the style. The images used for Western street style […]

June online ebook club wrap-up: The secret keeper

This month we looked at The secret keeper by Kate Morton as part of our online ebook club. The story begins when 16-year-old Laurel Nicholson witnesses a shocking event which shapes the way she sees her mother and unusually happy family. Fifty years later Laurel’s mother, Dorothy, is on her death bed and Laurel decides […]

104 in 52. Adventure and survival.

BOOK 12 Destination Cambodia by Walter Mason Walter Mason’s first book Destination Saigon was a lovely book that my husband I both read when travelling through Vietnam, I have since given it to other friends travelling to Vietnam as it gives a good insight into the people and culture of Vietnam. This book, Destination Cambodia, I […]

Australian books March 01

Twenty great Australian books – solved!

We hope you enjoyed working out the clues in our Australian stories hidden book title puzzle. Here’s that image again… And here are the 20 titles: The Boatby Nam Le My Brilliant Careerby Miles Franklin 48 Shades of Brownby Nick Earls Cloudstreetby Tim Winton Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley The Well Dressed Explorer […]


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