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By: Rick Riordan
Book one of the Magnus Chase series

Magnus Chase is homeless, has been for two years, extended family is more than a little dysfunctional. He has friends, of sorts, Blitz and Hearth, they keep an eye out for him. Magnus was managing, that is until he died. That was things got really strange because a girl on a flying horse saves him. Magnus finds himself at the Hotel Valhalla, where he meets others who have been saved by Valkyries. His Valkyrie has issues of her own and Magnus discovers that not everyone wants him there. In fact if he is to survive, if that is what he is doing, then he has to go on a quest. Doing this though means first of all finding a way out of Valhalla. With Sam, the Valkyrie and her secret as well as Blitz and Hearth who turn out to be far more than simple homeless folk, by his side, Magnus sets out to retrieve Frey’s sword and not free the Fenris Wolf. Simple as quests go, really. All they have to do is navigate their way through parts of the nine realms and get the things they need to prevent Ragnarok. Easy.
And that is all I am going to say. Mostly. If you’ve read Riordan you know to expect a fast paced story with plenty of action, characters who balance bizarre with humour to keep things as real as they can. There are a few ties to the world of Percy Jackson, but again, no spoilers. The characters work well together and the mythology is a consistently tight and entertaining background.
Thoroughly readable (as in hard to put down) and highly entertaining.
Highly recommended.
Publisher: Puffin
Published: 6th October 2015
Genre: Mythology, Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 528 pages
ISBN: 9780141342429

I received this from the publisher
By: Tom Hoyle
George Fleet makes a decision that changes his life, he runs into a burning building. For his actions he gets what many think is the opportunity of a life time. He gets to go on an Ultimate Bushcraft Adventure Holiday. Sounds like fun, maybe. Then strange things start to happen and people start to die. Sure one death could be accidental but then… The ultimate adventure holiday becomes a nightmare of survival.
This story is dark. The concept, survival in the bush is bleak enough but with the thriller twist of murder thrown in? It is an interesting read,e ven if it takes a little to get into, which is mostly due I think to the writing style, alternate chapters are written by, or taken from, different character perspectives. Persevere though for the story itself is interesting enough to hold the attention, especially once it gets going.
If you like the darker stories or ones filled with action then check this out.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: 13th August 2015
Format: Paperback,255 pages
Genre: Action, Thriller

I received this book from the publisher
By: Chris Riddell
Book 3 in the Goth Girl series.
Ada Goth is the only child of renowned writer Lord Goth and she lives at Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Ada is a smart girl, rather self reliant and is looking forward to seeing her father who will be home for Christmas. The other thing happening at the hall for Christmas is a literary dog show. Famous authors from all over will be bringing their beloved pets to the hall to see which one deserves the title best in show. Ada though is also excited for the fact her best friend will be coming back to the hall for the holidays.
Things don’t really go as planned though as strange things start to happen; howls in the nights, shoes that have been chewed and mysterious paw prints. Something is going on and Ada is determined to figure it out as well as having some fun along the way.
A wonderfully enchanting tale, filled with absurdities that are Riddell’s signature, accompanied by his distinctive and quirky illustrations. Ada is a steady, relatable character in amongst the slightly off centre story and supporting cast. Riddell’s books are always entertaining, a real pleasure to read, picture books to chapter books. A truly fun read.
Highly recommended.
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s
Published: 29th Sept 2015
Format: Hardcover, 220 pages
Genre: Humour, Christmas, Family, Mystery
ISBN: 9781447277897

I received my copy from the publisher.


By: Frank Woodley

Part of the Kizmet Papancillo series

Kizmet and Gretchen are assisting Kizmet’s father Detective Spencer with another case. This time they are in Hugelstein and the job at hand is to protect a couple of priceless Stradivarius violins. Something disastrous happens and one of the violins is destroyed. The more they pursue the case, the more complicated things seem and the more dangerous the case becomes.

I have to admit that this series is quite a lot of fun. Silly moments, with the parental figure being somewhat of the bumbling detective and Kizmet being the brains of the operation. Kizmet follows the train of evidence with skill and learns a new trick along the way. Woodley has put together interesting stories and a strong character in Kizmet and used his experience in comedy to good effect.

Remains on the recommended list.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 29th July 2015

Format: Paperback, 112 pages

Genre: Detective, Fun, Adventure

ISBN: 9780143308553

I received my copy from the publisher.


By: Frank Woodley
Livestock are being attacked by a strange creature in the Tasmanian bush. Sightings are claiming it is the, supposedly extinct, Tasmanian tiger. Kizmet, Gretchen and Detective Spencer are called to investigate.
This is a fun little story, part of a new series written by comedian Frank Woodley. Kizmet is the daughter of Detective Spencer, a somewhat bumbling investigator from IMPACT – International Mysteries Puzzles and Crime Taskforce. She is the brains of the operation and is ably assisted by her pet currawong. The story itself moves at a good pace and is entertaining, written with a tone of humour.
Publisher: Puffin
Published: 29th July 2015
Format: Paperback 112 pages
Genre: Adventure, Fun
ISBN: 9780143308546

Magnus Chase

So this is almost upon us…
And I know you are totally going to love it. I did. I will post a review when it is released in October but till then you have to know I loved it.

CBCA Awards 2015

It is that time of year again, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced its award winners. So for you information here they are:



The ProtectedTitle: The Protected

By: Claire Zorn

Publisher: University of Queensland

ISBN: 780702250194


Nona and Me

Title: Nona & Me

By: Clare Atkins

Publisher: Black Inc

ISBN: 9781863956895

The Minnow

Title: The Minnow

By: Diana Sweeney

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781922182012



The Cleo Stories

Title: The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present

By: Libby Gleeson,  Ill. Freya Blackwood

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743315279


Two Wolves

Title: Two Wolves

By: Tristan Banks

Publisher: Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857982032


Title: Withering-by-Sea: a Stella Montgomery Intrigue

By: Judith Rossell

Publisher: ABC Books, Harper Collins Publishers

ISBN: 9780733333002



Go to Sleep Jessie

Title: Go To Sleep Jessie!

By: Libby Gleeson,  Ill. Freya Blackwood

Publisher: Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781742977805


Scary Night

Title: Scary Night

By: Lesley Gibbs Ill. Stephen Michael King

Publisher: Working Title Press

ISBN: 9781921504631

Noni the Pony

Title: Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach

By: Alison Lester

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743311141


My Two Blankets

Title: My Two Blankets

By: Irena Lobald Ill. Freya Blackwood

Publisher: Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781921714764


One Minute's Silence

Title: One Minute’s Silence

By: David Metzenthen, Ill. Michael Camilleri

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743316245


Title: The Stone Lion

By: Margaret Wild, Ill. Ritva Voutila

Publisher: Little Hare, Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781921894855



A-Z of Convicts

Title: A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land

By: Simon Barnard

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781922079343


Tea and Sugar Christmas

Title: Tea and Sugar Christmas

By: Jane Jolly, Ill. Robert Ingpen

Publisher: National Library of Australia

ISBN: 9780642278630


Title: Audacity: Stories of Heroic Australians in Wartime

By: Carlie Walker

Publisher: Department of Veterans’ Affairs

ISBN: 9781877007934

There you have it, a huge congrats to all the winners and to all the nominees as well.



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