age 10-12

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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6 books I would give my little brother for Christmas

With Christmas coming, I thought it might be helpful to share some books I think would be good to give as gifts. Book Boy Junior is my nine-year-old brother, and these are some books I think would be good for him, or any other nine-year-old boy. Click the title link to read more about the…

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Review: Adam Spencer’s Big Book Of Numbers

Title: Adam Spencer’s Big Book Of Numbers Author: Adam Spencer Publisher: Xoum About the book: This book contains all the weird, wonderful and wacky facts about the numbers 1 to 100. It includes quizzes and problems so that you can test your maths skills as you learn. What I thought: I thought this book was…

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Review: Counting by 7s

Title: Counting by 7s Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan Publisher: Scholastic Australia About the book: Willow Chance is 12 years old and a genius. She is obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions. She also finds it comforting to count by sevens. Adopted as a baby, Willow is independent and not concerned about her oddness at…

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Review: KidGlovz

Title: KidGlovz Author: Julie Hunt Illustrator: Dale Newman Publisher: Allen & Unwin About the book: In this graphic novel, KidGlovz is a musical prodigy with a gift so precious that he is kept under lock and key by his manager (also his uncle). When a thief helps him to escape, Kid must go on a…

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Review: The 78-Storey Treehouse

Title: The 78-Storey Treehouse Author: Andy Griffiths Illustrator: Terry Denton Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia About the book: Andy and Terry are back at it again in their ‘spectacular 78-storey treehouse’. They’ve added 13 new levels, including an all-ball sports stadium, a combining machine, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. When…

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Review: The Other Christy

Title: The Other Christy Author: Oliver Phommavanh Publisher: Penguin Books Australia About the book: Christy is in a class with another girl called Christie. Christy doesn’t get noticed much whereas the other Christie is popular … and mean. Christy would like for just once to be noticed, and to have a real friend. What I thought: This…

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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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