age 14+

3 great podcasts I love to listen to

3 podcasts I love to listen to (that your kids might love to)

I’ve discovered podcasts this year and often listen to one on the way home from school on the bus. These three podcasts are my favourites so far. 1. Dear Hank and John. This weekly podcast is marketed as a ‘comedy podcast about death’, and author John Green and his brother Hank sure deliver a podcast…

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5 books ‘for girls’ that boys might like

5 books for girls that boys might like. A list from kid book blogger Book Boy | bookboy.com.au

Whenever I write a book review where the main character is a girl, I get emails or comments about the fact that I’m a boy reading ‘books for girls’. I don’t really think of it like that. To me, a good book is a good book. Anyway, here’s a little round-up of some of those…

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Review: Every Breath

Every Breath by Ellie Marney reviewed by a kid book blogger

Title: Every Breath Author: Ellie Marney Publisher: Allen & Unwin About the book James Mycroft is an eccentric genius with a passion for forensics. Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country. When Mycroft needs help investigating a murder, Rachel finds herself drawn closer to him and unable to resist him.           What I…

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What I’m reading this school holidays

School holiday reads for teens and tweens

The 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…

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My top 10 book reviews in my first year of blogging

The top 10 book reviews from the first year of bookboy.com.au

In just a few weeks I will celebrate my blog’s first birthday! (I hope there will be cake…) I thought I might turn it into a mini festival by mixing up my regular posts with a few lists from my first year of blogging. Today, I’m sharing the top 10 most popular reviews on bookboy.com.au…

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Two great writing books I read this week

Two great books about writing, reviewed by a kid book blogger

Recently I’ve been writing a bit more of my own stuff, mostly short stories. When I found these books on my mum’s shelf, I decided to have a look at them to see if they could help me, and, unsurprisingly, they did! • On Writing by Stephen King Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton This is the first book…

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Find a new book: what to try next

Find a new book: what to read next | bookboy.com.au - a 13yo book blogger - has some suggested reads for you

I thought I might try something a bit different this week. Sometimes it’s hard to find your next read, so I’ve made a list of related books – if you like the first one, you might like the second one. I’ve linked to reviews where I have them, or the link on each title will…

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Review: Bro

book review Bro by Helen Chebatte, reviewed by a kid book blogger

Title: Bro Author: Helen Chebatte Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont About the book: In a school divided into racial gangs, there are three unspoken rules: Stick with your own kind Don’t dob on your mates (or your enemies) Respect the family. But fight clubs, violence and racial prejudice get in the way of these rules. Romeo Makhlouf…

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Review: The Amateurs

The Amateurs reviewed by a kid book blogger | bookboy.com.au

Title: The Amateurs Author: Sara Shepherd Publisher: Hot Key Books (Allen & Unwin) About the book: It’s been five years since Aerin’s sister disappeared, and a year since she was found dead in the forest near her house. Police have long-since closed the case but her murderer was never caught. Then she meets, via an…

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Review: The Yearbook Committee

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub, reviewed by a kid book blogger

Title: The Yearbook Committee Author: Sarah Ayoub Publisher: HarperCollins Australia About the book: Five teenagers from different walks of life are thrown together in their final year of high school to work on the school yearbook. There’s Matty, a loner; Ryan, the school captain; Tammi, the popular girl by association; Charlie, the newcomer; and Gillian,…

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