age 10-12

Review: Thirst

Title: Thirst Author: Lizzie Wilcock Publisher: Scholastic About the book: Fourteen-year-old Karanda Hooke is on her way to her sixth foster home when a crash leaves her stranded in the Central Australian desert with a backpack, a bottle of water and an old picture of her mother. She realises that this could be her escape from…

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Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, reviewed by a kid book blogger.

Title: The Mysterious Benedict Society Author: Trenton Lee Stewart Publisher: The Chicken House About the book: Four children with unusual gifts and talents are called in to do a top-secret mission after completing an elaborate and difficult test, set by the mysterious Mr Benedict. They must infiltrate a prestigious and secluded school to find out…

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Review: Friday Barnes Girl Detective

Friday Barnes Girl Detective reviewed by a kid book blogger

Title: Friday Barnes: Girl Detective Author: R. A. Spratt Publisher: Random House Australia About the book: When 11-year-old Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to the most exclusive boarding school in the country. Friday is shocked to discover that the school is full of crime. Soon students…

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Review: Escape From Mr Lemoncello’s Library

Escape From Mr Lemoncello's Library, reviewed by a kid

Title: Escape From Mr Lemoncello’s Library Author: Chris Grabenstein Publisher: Yearling (Random House) About the book: Kyle has never loved libraries, but he has always loved boardgames. When he discovers that the world’s most famous game maker has designed the town’s new library, and the winners of an essay contest will get to stay overnight…

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Review: The Doctor

The Doctor by Dr Karl, reviewed by a kid book blogger

Title: The Doctor Author: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Publisher: Pan Macmillan About the book: Have you ever wondered why alcohol makes you speak louder? Or how to tell which part of a movie the audience is watching – without looking? Well, Dr Karl is your man. This collection of random science facts and questions, answered in…

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Review: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

A book review of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by a kid book blogger

Title: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Author: J.K. Rowling Publisher: Little, Brown/Hachette About the book: Newt Scamander is on a trip to America with a case full of magical beasts. When some of the animals from the case escape, it is up to Newt, his non-magical friend Jacob and Tina from the American…

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Review: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee

Book Review: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee reviewed by a kid book blogger | bookboy.com.au

Title: The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee Author: Deborah Abela Publisher: Random House Australia About the book: India Wimple watches The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee on TV every Friday night. When India’s family suggests that she enter, she is nervous and shy, but throughout the course of the Bee she gains confidence, makes new friends and…

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Review: Wordburger

Title: Wordburger: How to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites Author: David Astle Publisher: Allen & Unwin About the book: This book is about the English language. It teaches you how to understand and solve cryptic crosswords, and how to think outside the square when it comes to English. What I thought: I really loved this…

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6 books on my Christmas wishlist

With Christmas fast-approaching, it won’t surprise anyone to know that I’m hoping for books this year. Lots of books. As I do every year. These are the six books at the top of my wishlist this year – and, yes, it was hard to narrow it down to just six! • The Invention Of Hugo Cabret…

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Review: Pax

Title: Pax Author: Sara Pennypacker Publisher: HarperCollins Australia About the book: Pax, a fox, and his boy, Peter, are inseparable until one day when Peter’s father goes to war and insists that Pax is left by the side of the road. Much to the heartbreak of both Peter and Pax. Peter then goes on a journey…

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