Book Reviews

Below are short reviews for books that I LOVE or greatly admire.

I also review for the Children's Book Council of Australia. If you want to check out their webiste go here.


Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

by Nat Amoore

When Tess and her best friend Toby find a million dollars in Tess' backyard they both have big plans about what to do with it. Turns out spending a lot of money when you're a kid can be tricky and it can also get you into a whole lot of trouble.

This book is super fun and very clever. I love the story, the characters, but most of all I love Tess' tips on life that are scattered throughout — they are absolutely spot on and kids (and adults) will totally relate to them. 

I also love the fact that this is a funny, middle-grade book with a female protagonist, written by a female author (who is VERY funny in real life) and that it's set in suburban Australia. 

Kids will love this book. It's a sure fire winner as I'm sure will be the case with Nat's next book, The Positive Power of Pranking, which has come out with a bang in June 2020.


  • Contemporary, Australian in the style of David Walliams   
  • Best for ages 10+ 
  • Fun, Funny and full of money! Ha!

"A book is a dream you hold in your hands". —Neil Gaiman

The List Of Things That Will Not Change

by Rebecca Stead

When Bea's parents divorced she wrote a 'list of things that will not change' to help her to cope with all the things that did. Then her Dad announces that he and his boyfriend Jesse are getting married and Bea is super excited about finally getting a sister. However, as the big day approaches, Bea encounters some confronting views about her Dad's relationship and something she has been hiding finally comes to the surface, 

This is another middle grade masterpiece by Rebecca Stead. Perfectly plotted, completely charming and brimming with feeling, The List of Things That Will Not Change is an engaging tale about family, change and dealing with complicated feelings. I love, love, love it.

  • Contemporary novel set in New York 
  • Best for ages 9 - 12 
  • Beautifully written and charmingly compelling.

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling

The Dog Runner

by Bren MacDibble

A story of survival and hope in a dystopian world. A red fungus has attacked most major food sources and Ella and her older brother Emery decide to flee the city to find Emery's family in the country. Using dogs to pull them along in a wheeled sled, Ella and Emery face danger from an unforgiving landscape and from other people who are just desperate to survive as they are. 

Bren MacDibble just has a way with words. She seems to come up with unique phrases or a new twist on some a name or emotion that is simple yet so perfect you'd swear everyone was always using it . In How to Bee her previous MG book (which is just as good as this one), she used the word cherries to describe something great, in this book its doggos.

The Dog Runner is a rich, Australian, middle-grade adventure story that every kid will love. 

  • Dystopian, family adventure 
  • Best for ages 9 -12 
  • Unique Australian setting, rich language, a simple story well told. 

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall." – Roald Dahl

Lenny's Book of Everything

by Karen Foxlee

Lenny is obsessed with bugs, her brother Davey won't stop growing and their mother won't stop worrying. Every week Lenny and her brother look forward to receiving a section of an encyclopaedia to build at home. This is a super touching story of loss and healing that draws you in and never lets you go.

  • Middle-grade, family novel set in a small American town in the 1970s.
  • Best for ages 10+  
  • Have the tissues ready! 

Letters 6 & 7 are the symbols to the right.

*There's a hint to solving them on my front page.

One

by Sarah Crossan

A story of two sisters - conjoined twins Tippi and Grace, this book is powerful and exquisite. Told in contemporary verse I defy anyone not to be flooded with emotion and then compelled to recommend it to everyone. 

I loved this book so much and so did my 12-year old daughter and her friends. The perfect book to introduce tweens to verse.

  • Contemporary verse novel 
  • Best for ages 11+ 
  • Won the 2016 Carnegie medal

"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

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