Worthy Thoughts

Books, reading, life & other worthy thoughts

Author: Sharon Kernot Publisher: Text Publishing Sharon Kernot’s verse novel, The Art of Taxidermy, is an exquisite, profoundly moving story of grief, loss and love and family. The Art of Taxidermy is a beautiful verse novel that is set in a small country town in the 1960s. Kernot explores the theme of grief through her …

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  Author: Steven Herrick Publisher: University of Queensland Press Steven Herrick is one of my favourite authors. His gentle humour and vibrant characters bring both light and heart to difficult topics. The Bogan Mondrian deals with themes of grief and domestic violence. Herrick’s writing is always unashamedly Australian and personally, I love this about his …

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  Author: Michael Gerard Bauer Publisher: Scholastic Australia Sebastian is at a university open day with his best friend Tolly when he meets a girl. Her name is Frida, and she’s edgy, caustic and funny. She’s also a storyteller, but the stories she tells about herself don’t ring true, and as their surprising and eventful day together …

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Author: Nikki McWatters Publisher: University of Queensland Press Liberty is a magnificent book about three women who lived in three different centuries but who were all fighting for the same reason – their freedom. Firstly, we are introduced to Jeanne, a teenage girl living in 1472, France. Jeanne is from a poor, disgraced family – …

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Author: Emily Gale Publisher: Random House I Am Out with Lanterns is a fresh, multifaceted and funny novel. The story is told from multiple perspectives. It follows a medley of characters as it explores bullying, friendship, family, love, community and the yearning to belong and be accepted. Gale imitates life in this book which I …

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Author: Sarah Epstein Publisher: Walker Books As a ten-year-old child, Tash Carmody witnessed the kidnapping of six-year-old Mallory Fisher or did she? When Tash tells the police and her family that she believes Mallory was taken by Sparrow – her imaginary friend, she loses all credibility but is Sparrow imaginary or real? Sarah Epstein does …

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Author: Fleur Ferris Publisher: Penguin Random House Fleur Ferris fans will love this book because it has all of Ferris’ signature elements – tense, exciting, thrilling. It is difficult to combine an action-packed book and to develop characters, but Ferris has done an admirable job of both, Yes, there is more action and drama than …

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  Author: Allayne L Webster Publisher: Random House Australia The Centre of My Everything by Allayne L Webster was recommended to me by a friend. At first, when I started reading it, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I think my initial reserve was that it was too close to home. …

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