Archive for July 2016

FriYay Fave: Quote from Jasper Jones

Welcome to my new segment, where every Friday I post one of my favourite book quotes. I’ll share them here, and on Twitter, and I’d love it if you’d join in. Use the hashtag #friyayfave and tag me at @bookboyau if you do!

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Review: Steve Jobs Insanely Great

Title: Steve Jobs: Insanely Great Author + Illustrator: Jessie Hartland Publisher: Random House About the book: This graphic novel is about the life of the creator of Apple technology, Steve Jobs. I thought that it was really clever putting it into graphic novel format because it makes it easier to understand and it makes a…

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Review: The Turners

Title: The Turners Author: Mick Elliott Publisher: Lothian Books I’m handing over to Book Boy Junior (aged 9) for this review. About the book: Leo Lennox has an epic problem. You’d think that growing a tail in the middle of the school library would be the worst thing that could happen to you, but Leo is…

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Review: The Outsiders

Title: The Outsiders Author: S. E. Hinton Publisher: Puffin Modern Classics About the book: The Socs are the rich kids, the Greasers are from the poor side of town. The Socs’s idea of having a good time is beating up greasers like Ponyboy, who lives with his two brothers. Ponyboy knows what to expect and knows…

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Review: Ranger’s Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan

Title: Ranger’s Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan Author: John Flanagan Publisher: Penguin Random House About the book: This book is a prequel to the very popular Ranger’s Apprentice series. It is about Crowley as a young ranger who is trying to thwart the plans of the evil Lord Morgarath. He is accompanied by Halt, a…

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Review: My Life And Other Massive Mistakes

Title: My life and other massive mistakes Author: Tristan Bancks Illustrator: Gus Gordon Publisher: Random House Australia About the book: My life and other massive mistakes is a series of short stories, much like the Just series by Andy Griffiths. Tom Weekly is the main character in these stories and some of the hilarious antics he…

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Review: Countdown To Danger: Shockwave

Title: Countdown to Danger: Shockwave Author: Jack Heath Publisher: Scholastic Australia About the book: This is a Choose Your Own Adventure book, part of the Countdown to Danger series. The story begins in a surf camp, and the reader has decisions to make at the end of each chapter. The book is written in second…

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Review: The Impossible Quest

Title: The Impossible Quest series Escape from Wolfhaven Castle Wolves of Witchwood The Beast of Blackmoor Bog The Drowned Kingdom Battle Of The Heroes Author: Kate Forsyth Publisher: Scholastic Australia About the books: ‘The Impossible Quest’ is a series of books about four children, Tom, Elanor, Quinn and Sebastian, who must go on an impossible…

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Review: The Book Thief

Title: The Book Thief Author: Markus Zusak Publisher: Picador About the book: Set in Nazi Germany, this is a beautiful but haunting story. Beside her brother’s grave, young Liesel Meminger picks up one, single, life-changing object. A book: ‘The Grave Digger’s Handbook’. This is her first act of book thievery and definitely not her last.…

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Review: Tiny Timmy: Soccer Superstar

Title: Tiny Timmy: Soccer Superstar Author: Tim Cahill Publisher: Scholastic When I received this book to review, I realised straight away that it would be perfect for my nine-year-old brother – he’s a soccer player and he likes funny books. So I asked him (let’s call him Book Boy Junior aka BBJ) to read it,…

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