Worthy Thoughts

Books, reading, life & other worthy thoughts

Author: Fleur Ferris Publisher: Puffin I have always enjoyed Fleur Ferris’ young adult novels and was delighted to see that she had written a book for younger readers. I had high expectations for this book and Ferris did not let me down. The book is set in a town called Nullaboo and our young protagonist …

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Author: Nat Amoore Publisher: Puffin Tess Heckelston is the heroine that younger readers need. She is feisty, intelligent, witty and has an active entrepreneurial streak. Boys and girls alike will love her and her best friend, Toby. What I loved in particular about Tess was her advice-giving. Throughout the book, Tess gives her young readers …

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Author: Helen Castles Illustrator: Beatriz Castro Publisher: New Frontier Scoop McLaren is a great character – editor of ‘Click, an online newspaper. Her father is the editor of the town’s print newspaper, ‘Higgity Harbour’, so journalism runs in Scoop’s family. Higgity Harbour, usually a sleepy little coastal town, appears to be besieged by numerous disasters. …

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As part of my job as a teacher-librarian, I have to read books aimed at the middle school reader. I find books aimed at this age group, difficult to read and I realised that there are a lot of books pitched at this age group that aren’t particularly good reads. I do tend to pick …

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Recently I posted this photo to my Instagram account. The post was meant to keep a friend overseas updated on what I was doing at home but suddenly though there were likes from everywhere which informed me that this book is off the scales popular and so I couldn’t wait to start reading. I bought …

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Author: Helen Hoang Publisher: Allen & Unwin KIRKUS REVIEW A woman with Asperger’s falls in love with the escort she hires to teach her about sex and relationships. Stella Lane’s job as an econometrician is perfectly satisfying, but now that she’s 30, her mother expects her to look for a husband and start producing babies. …

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In August the CBCA will announce the winner and honour books for their six categories. Of course, my favourite category is older reader and I have read all six books that have been nominated for this category. I have written reviews for four of the six books and here are my final two reviews. I …

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Author: Melina Marchetta Publisher: Penguin Books ‘You look the type to break your father’s heart.’ ‘Yeah, but he broke mine first.’ When Rosie Gennaro first meets Jimmy Hailler, she has walked away from life in Sydney, leaving behind the place on Dalhousie that her father, Seb, painstakingly rebuilt for his family but never saw completed. …

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Author: Sarah Dessen Publisher: Harper Collins I had forgotten how much I enjoy a good Sarah Dessen novel. Once you start reading and get immersed in a Sarah Dessen book, you feel like you are being enveloped in a big hug. It all feels so familiar, yet Dessen still manages to make every book different. …

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