age 12+

Review: The Maze Runner

Title: The Maze Runner Author: James Dashner Publisher: Random House About the book: I thought I would review this book because ‘The Fever Code’, a second prequel to the original series, has just been released.  When Thomas wakes up in a strange maze, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He’s welcomed by…

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Author: Ransom Riggs Publisher: Quirk Books (Random House Australia) About the book: Jacob Portman is a curious 16-year-old boy. His grandfather has always told him stories about peculiar people on a peculiar island. When his grandfather dies, Jacob is unsure whether to take these stories as true or…

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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: Gone

Title: Gone Author: Michael Grant Publisher: Electric Monkey (Egmont) About the book: When everyone over the age of 15 disappears, it is chaotic for everyone left behind. Sam Temple finds himself caught up in this mess, and must figure out where everyone has gone and how to get them back. This is the first book…

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Review: Jasper Jones

Title: Jasper Jones Author: Craig Silvey Publisher: Allen & Unwin About the book: When Charlie Bucktin, a nerdy bookworm of 13, is woken by Jasper Jones, the outcast in their mining town of Corrigan, his whole life changes. When they discover a dead body, Charlie carries the secret like a brick, not daring to tell anyone…

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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: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Title: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Author: J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne (original story), Jack Thorne (play) Publisher: Little, Brown About the book: Written as a script, this book carries on from the original Harry Potter stories, but 19 years later. Albus Potter, Harry Potter’s son, is struggling, as is Harry. Albus has…

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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 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: 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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