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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

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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.



13 Days of Midnight

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By: Leo Hunt

Luke Manchette is just like any other teenager from a broken home, he loves his mum and barely knows his dad. Unlike most teenagers his dad is sort of famous and Luke does everything he can to distance himself from the reality tv show host because let’s face it ghost hunting isn’t a cool thing. Then his dad dies and Luke discovers that he has inherited six million dollars but to get it he has to sign some papers he doesn’t understand. Signing something you don’t understand is never a good thing though and Luke finds he has also inherited 8 ghosts who would like nothing better than to be free and for that to happen Luke has to be dead. A pretty serious problem to have and one that throws his life into turmoil. He has 13 days before the ghosts will be at the height of their power and will use every dark magic trick they know to end him.
This story is intriguing. It’s dark overtones a big draw card because quite honestly there is nothing much to like about Luke. How reality and the supernatural interact is well done and makes for a more interesting tale. The addition of Elza is good because she balances Luke out even though she is a little cliched. All in all I enjoyed this book and it’s worth a look if you like ghosts stories and the supernatural.
Suggested age 10+.
Publisher: Orchard Books
Published: 2nd July 2015
Format: Paperback 379 pages
Genre: Supernatural, Adventure

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By: Patrick Ness

Life for a high school student is filled with stresses related to dating and exam scores and that is how it should be, not everyone can be a chosen one. Not everyone is the one who has to face the zombies, kill the vampires or defeat whatever the latest threat to a town might be. Stories are always told of those people but what of those who share the town with them. This is the story of those whose lives go on at the edges or outside all that action. To Mikey though that is as it should be. Mikey just wants to graduate, get the chance to go to prom before the high school gym gets blown up again and maybe kiss the girl. This is life.
This book is a wonderfully engaging story. As a counterpoint to Mikey’s life we do get hints as to what is happening in the extraordinary world, but so what? Mikey’s life is interesting, filled with stresses that we can all identify with. (Well apart from a mother who basks in the spotlight of fame.) Mikey has a close group of friends, is protective of his sisters and protective of his best friends secret, no small ask when that friend might be something pretty spectacular, such as a god. Then of course there is the girl he believes he should be with and the guy she seems to fancy.
Ness has taken the concept of a story about the spectacular or supernatural and turned it on its head. In the process he has given us a wonderful tale rooted in the mundane, it is a highly relatable tale dealing with depression, mental health issues and eating disorders. There are some serious topics packaged here and as always Ness deals with them in a manner that makes them seem less taboo. Once again Patrick Ness has proven what a masterful story teller he is.
Highly recommended.
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: 27th August 2015
Format: hard cover 352 pages
Genre: fantasy, high school, growing up, friendship
ISBN: 9781406331165

Battle Magic

By: Tamora Pierce

Briar, Rosethorn and Evvy and visiting the mountain kingdom of Gyongxe, a mystical country filled with temples of many religions, the very earth is filled with power. Before there time is up though they are summonsed to visit the Emperor of Yanjing under the pretense of seeing his glorious gardens.
Things are not as peaceful and pleasant as the emperor attempts to make things seem on the surface. The mages sense and see things they do not like, amongst them the treatment of certain individuals, the emperor’s dark cruelty, a huge army and throng magic that underlies it all, keeping it all together. Unwilling to stay they leave and discover the Emperor as about to launch an attack on Gyongxe and he will do anything to stop the visiting mages from joining the other side. This is omething Rosethorn cannot allow as she has vowed to defend the First Temple of the Living Circle and where Rosethorn is bound to go Briar will not be far away, even if they do get separated for a while.
Another wonderful addition to the world first bought to us in the Circle Of Magic series. This is perhaps though, the darkest and bloodiest of the books, dealing as it does with genocide and war. Pierce uses this context to push her characters through emotional arcs that will forever change them. I won’t go too much into what they go through, the individual things they experience, because that would detract too much from the read itself, and it would be too easy to unintentionally leave spoilers. Rosethorn’s steadfastness, Briar’s stubborn loyalty and Evvy’s wonder and enthusiasm are still there shining through the whole time.
A bigger book than the other circle books but just as un-put downable.
Highly recommended.
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 1st Oct 2013
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9781742990170

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