What I’m reading this school holidays

School holiday reads for teens and tweensThe school holidays are finally here and I can’t wait to get some reading in! I’m going to take a break for the next few weeks, but thought I would leave you with a list of what’s on my To Be Read pile in the holidays. As you will see below, I jump around a bit with my reading so I’ve already started some of these.

 

School Holiday Reads for Tweens and TeensBegin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology (Edited by Danielle Binks)

I really like short stories, and some of my favourite Australian YA authors have written stories for this book. I’m looking forward to bringing you a review next term.

School Holiday Reads for Tweens and TeensEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve just started this one and I am really liking it! It’s my current ‘bus read’ – which is fitting, given it’s about two misfits in America in the 1980s who meet on the school bus.

School Holiday Reads for Teens and TweensThe Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

I am a real Sherlock Holmes fan and recently started reading this one, which is the story of 15-year-old Mary Russell who stumbles across the retired Sherlock Holmes in 1915 and works with him to solve a crime. So far, it’s great!

School Holiday Reads for Teens and TweensYoung Sherlock Holmes (Death Cloud) by Andrew Lane 

I can’t wait to get into this one, which is the first book in a series! Sherlock Holmes is 14 and is sent to live with his aunt and uncle, where he uncovers his first murder…

School Holiday Reading for Tweens and TeensAll The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I am about halfway through this at the moment and I am really looking forward to having some time to get it finished. It’s a big book, but the story is really interesting and I’m enjoying it. The language is beautiful.

School holiday reads for Teens and TweensWreck by Fleur Ferris

I recently won this in a Twitter competition and it’s been getting great reviews so I’m looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about!

Happy school holidays – see you next term!

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Review: Pax

pax_coverTitle: 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 to find his fox, while Pax goes on a journey of his own to find his missing boy.

What I thought: I thought that this was a beautifully touching book about an amazing bond between human and animal. The language in the book made it feel soft and engaging, even though it has moments that make you gasp. I think this book has the air of a classic, like ‘Call Of The Wild’ by Jack London.

Pax, the fox, reminded me of my own dog and reading companion, Book Dog, as they share many of the same qualities. This made the story feel even more real to me.

I also really loved the cover and other illustrations throughout the book, which added to the old-fashioned beauty of the story.

I would recommend this book for ages 10+, as it feels too old for some younger readers. Anyone who likes animal stories will love this book.

Buy Pax.

Review: The Book Thief

The Book Thief reviewed by a kidTitle: 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.

Stealing from Nazi book burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library and anywhere else she comes across books, Liesel goes to extreme heights to read.

What I thought: I really enjoyed the way this book was written. It made me feel like I was actually in the story. The way it was narrated was mysterious, which made it even more interesting.

I recommend it for ages 12+, and I think you would like this if you like the author Jackie French, or any historical fiction set in this era.