Posts Tagged ‘serious reads’

Review: Thirst

Title: Thirst Author: Lizzie Wilcock Publisher: Scholastic About the book: Fourteen-year-old Karanda Hooke is on her way to her sixth foster home when a crash leaves her stranded in the Central Australian desert with a backpack, a bottle of water and an old picture of her mother. She realises that this could be her escape from…

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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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Review: Paper Towns

Title: Paper Towns Author: John Green Publisher: HarperCollins Australia About the book: Quentin is a nerd in his last year of high school. Nine years ago, he and his friend Margo discovered a dead body together, but since then have drifted apart. Now she is edgy and cool and he is not. When Margo takes Quentin…

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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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Review: Everything is Changed

Title: Everything Is Changed Author: Nova Weetman Publisher: UQP About the book: Alex and Jake, both teenagers, do something terrible one night and have to try to conceal it. This book is told in reverse, starting at the end, and leading up towards the climax, which is where the reader finds out exactly what the boys…

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Review: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Title: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Author: Mark Haddon Publisher: Vintage Children’s Classics About the book: Christopher is 15 and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a lot about maths and he likes counting and prime numbers. He also hates the colours yellow and brown. When Christopher is on one of his…

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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: 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: 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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