Category Archives: Fiction

Boone Shepard’s American Adventure

Some time ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to Boone Shepard in  his first slapdash and madcap adventure as he travelled across time, and sung the book’s praises on this blog. I missed the release of the second … Continue reading

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Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee is a wonderful example of historical children’s fiction that explores the plight of refugees over time; drawing parallels between circumstance, persecution, emotional and physical hardships through the stories of three refugee children and their families. Drawing on three distinct … Continue reading

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The Dam – David Almond & Levi Pinfold

The Dam is stunning – in conceptual design, story line and illustrative techniques. Based on a true story, the reader joins a father and daughter on a final journey to the now deserted homes in the valley that is about … Continue reading

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A Christmas Menagerie

This delightful Australian collection of short stories, edited by Beattie Alvarez, brings together a number of original tales by popular authors including Gabrielle Wang, Sherryl Clark, Michael Pryor, Janeen Brian and Sophie Masson plus some emerging talents. Between the pages … Continue reading

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Dig Too Deep – Amy Allgeyer

Dig Too Deep is a powerful novel to engage middle and senior high school readers, a worthy winner of the 2017 Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult-Fiction. Poisoned wells.    A bloody cough.    Secrets.    And silence. This is the story of a town … Continue reading

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From the Grave – Monster or Die: Book 1

Cynthia Reeg has crafted a wonderfully clever novel in From the Grave, targeting middle school readers – independent primary monster fans and witty enough to cross over into the secondary arena. Ideal for those who love anything monsterish and who … Continue reading

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Tokens and Omens – Jeri Baird

Wow! – What a fantastic teen read in this first title in a trilogy being written by Jeri Baird. Set in Puck’s Gulch, in a country that aimed (but failed) to have all tribes equal, the 16 year-olds in the … Continue reading

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