Thank you and farewell

I was 12 years old when I first started reviewing books on this blog in 2016. A lot has happened since that first post. My book reviews have appeared in newspapers like The Sunday Telegraph, on blogs like Children’s Books Daily, and on the Inside A Dog website. I spent a year as a member…

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5 Books On My Christmas Wishlist

Books on my christmas wishlist - books for boys 15+

I look back over my year of reading and my #52booksin52weeks was a bit of a washout. I was reading, just not as much or as often as I would have liked. I also blogged less often, but thankfully my brother Book Boy Jr (12) stepped into the gap (you can see his Christmas wishlist…

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New single out now!

A new single from singer-songwriter Joe Visser called Freakshow Carnival

When I’m not reading books, I like to write songs. In 2017, I released my first EP (Joe Visser EP No 1) to CD. (You can see more about that, and buy a signed copy, here.) Now I’m working on a new EP and the first single ‘FREAKSHOW CARNIVAL’ is out now on all streaming…

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Review: The Crossover

Book review: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This review is brought to you by Book Boy Jr (12). Title: The Crossover Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin About the book: This book is a blend of hip-hop poetry and normal text. It follows the story of JB, a young basketball talent, who is progressing in his sports career when an unfortunate mishap…

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Review: Holes

Book review: Holes by Louis Sachar

This book review is by my little brother Book Boy Jr (12). Title: Holes Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Bloomsbury About the book: This book follows the story of Stanley Yelnats, who has been cursed by his pig-stealing great-great-grandfather and has been sent to Camp Green Lake where he is doomed to dig holes for eternity.…

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Review: JT: The Making Of A Total Legend

JT: The Making Of A Total Legend by Johnathan Thurston

Title: JT: The Making Of A Total Legend Author: Johnathan Thurston with James Phelps Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books About the book: This is the life story of the rugby league Johnathan Thurston. It follows his younger years and upbringing through to where he is today. The story is written in first-person and includes his ups…

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Review: Squidge Dibley Destroys The School

Book review: Squidge Dibley destroys the school by Mick Elliott |

This review is brought to you by my brother Book Boy Jr (12.) Title: Squidge Dibley Author: Mick Elliott Publisher: Hachette Australia About the book: This book is about a grade-six boy whose world is turned upside down when a new teacher arrives – and a new student called Squidge Dibley causes mayhem in the…

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Review: Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire

Book review: Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire |

This review is brought to you by my brother Book Boy Jr (aged 12). Title: Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire Author: Nat Amoore Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia About the book This is the tale of a young girl who sets out to be the best business woman ever and to get rich. With the…

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What I read this month (July 2019)

What I read (July 2019)|

The majority of the books on this list are books that I have re-read. This month I was quite busy, as I was involved in a  production of the musical ‘Wicked’. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Simon is a relatively normal sixteen year old with a relatively normal life – that is…

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Review: Everything I Never Told You

Teen book review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Title: Everything I Never Told You Author: Celeste Ng Publisher: Penguin Books About the Book: “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” When Lydia Lee is late to breakfast one morning, her protective mother, Marilyn, is instantly suspicious. When Marilyn goes to Lydia’s room, and sees that Lydia is not in bed (where…

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