Review of “The Road to Winter”

A near-future Australia has been devastated by a virus, the survivors clinging to life however they can. Finn is a survivor. Two years since his parents died and the rest of the locals fled, he and his dog Rowdy are the lone occupants of what was once a thriving holiday town, we assume on Victoria’sContinue reading “Review of “The Road to Winter””

Untidy Towns

Kate O’Donnell     On the spur of the moment, Adelaide Longley walks out of her expensive Melbourne boarding school and boards the train home to her country town.             We might expect Addie’s family to be upset, even angry, but the relationships in this family are warm, supportive and depicted in rich detail. They want AddieContinue reading “Untidy Towns”

Review of ‘Girl on a Plane’

It is one thing to be a fifteen-year-old English girl caught up in a mid-air plane hijacking. It is quite another to be able to recreate that experience decades later in a novel which puts the reader right there as one of the exhausted, terrified passengers. Miriam Moss achieves just that. As the fictional Anna,Continue reading “Review of ‘Girl on a Plane’”

Meg’s Guest Review of “Maybe”

It’s 1946. Poland is in ruins after the Second World War. Happiness is scarce. A fourteen-year-old juvenile named Felix is stranded in his own mind. A prevailing addition to Morris Gleitzman’s Once series, Maybe follows directly after the novel Soon. Gabriek is the middle-aged guardian of both Felix and Anya who is a recalcitrant pregnantContinue reading “Meg’s Guest Review of “Maybe””

Review of ‘Because of You’ by Pip Harry

Tiny and Nola should never have met. Tiny scrounges for food on the streets of Sydney, Australia, and is driven to steal sanitary supplies from a pharmacy. Nola and her friends are picking out $1000+ dresses for their Year 12 formal in a trendy Harbourside boutique. But Tiny hears the writing group at homeless shelterContinue reading “Review of ‘Because of You’ by Pip Harry”

“Talk Under Water” by Kathryn Lomer

The Facebook page of Jessica Watson – the Australian teen who skippered her sailboat solo around the Southern Hemisphere at age 16 – brings Summer Rainbird and Will Lane together. They both think Jessica is awesome, but Summer has never set foot on a sailboat. Will lives on one. When they find out they haveContinue reading ““Talk Under Water” by Kathryn Lomer”

‘Yong – Journey of an Unworthy Son’ ; ‘Ties That Bind, Ties That Break’

Yong – The Journey of an Unworthy Son by Janeen Brian Thirteen-year old Yong recounts his dangerous journey from southern China to join the 1850s gold rush in Ballarat, Victoria. He tries with all his heart to be worthy son, obedient to his father’s decision to sail to Australia after drought and famine devastateContinue reading “‘Yong – Journey of an Unworthy Son’ ; ‘Ties That Bind, Ties That Break’”

“One Would Think the Deep” and “Steal My Sunshine”

When a family tears itself apart, can secrets from the past bring healing – or will they destroy even what is left? Who will you be after the secrets are told, and how will you live with what you learn, and the people who lied to you? Two Australian YA novels answer these question inContinue reading ““One Would Think the Deep” and “Steal My Sunshine””

Review – “New Guinea Moon” – Kate Constable

After one fight too many with her mother, sixteen-year-old Australian Julie McGinty finds herself put on a plane, flying to meet a father she doesn’t remember in a country she doesn’t know. In a blinding rainstorm her tiny plane lands in the frontier town of Mt Hagen, high in the mountains of Papua New Guinea.Continue reading “Review – “New Guinea Moon” – Kate Constable”