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By: Gabrielle Lord

Conspiracy 365 – Black Ops 1

Cal’s brother Ryan is missing, not only that but Cal receives a cryptic message that says ’90 days’. Cal has no idea what it means, even with Boges and Winter to help they don’t understand it. Then Cal finds himself asked to work undercover on an island getaway that is on the surface, a retreat for troubled teenagers. Cal agrees because that is where Ryan has gone. Things are very much not how they appear on the island. The more the brother’s uncover the more this is clear; secret hideouts, underground training camps and some very dangerous fauna and flora. This mission is turning out to be much more than finding a couple of runaway teens.

Fast paced action is what you get with this series, like the ones before it. Cal and Ryan are smart, gifted survivors. They are able to think on the run, act quickly and react appropriately, everything an action character needs, also they have some fun gadgets. This story lays out the groundwork for what is to come, the training of teens for specialist and covert work, but what exactly that work is isn’t yet clear. This is an action story and as such doesn’t have a lot of depth but then that’s not what you are really looking for when you read something like this. A fun way to pass some time and I’d like to know where the story is going.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 February 2013

Format: Paperback 192 pages

Categories: Adventure, Thriller

ISBN 13: 9781742835181

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page


I received this copy from the publisher


Conspiracy 365 Series 2

By: Gabrielle Lord

Cal, Winter, Ryan and Boges are looking forward to life being a bit more normal. Their enemies are gone; locked up or just plan vanished. Cal has plans for flight school and Winter can’t shake the feeling that things aren’t right. In fact she in convinced someone is watching her. When they discover some files have gone missing they set out to track down the person who took them. Winter convinces Cal to go ahead with his plans but with the help of Boges and Ryan she heads off in search of a mystery on a property called Perdita.

Winter gets a chance to be centre stage. The story revolves around her past. She gets the chance to dig into her family history and explore a dilapidated property. Each of the characters has strengths and they work well together. I like the fact they all have normal life to deal with and are not just able to put everything aside to solve the mystery. This book has the feel of a good mystery book like the ones I read when I was younger. The pace and tension in this is well balanced, the plot draws you in and the action keeps you interested.

This was a good read and I am looking forward to the next one.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 October 2012

Format: Paperback 192 pages

Categories: Mystery, Adventure

ISBN 13: 9781742833828

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page


ABIA 2011

The Australian Book Industry Awards have been announced.

The relevant winners for us here are :

International Success of the Year 2011













Penguin Group Australia, for Once, Then and Now

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years) 2011

Noni the Pony, written and illustrated by Alison Lester, published by Allen & Unwin

Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to14 years) 2011

Conspiracy 365, written by Gabrielle Lord, published by Scholastic Australia

2011 ABIA Awards – Finalists Announced

The finalists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) have been announced. The winners will be announced on Monday 25 July during the 2011 ABA Conference.

International Success of the Year 2011

Allen & Unwin, for Tales from Outer Suburbia (Shaun Tan)

Hachette, for The Red Tree (Shaun Tan)

HarperCollins, for The Innocent Mage (Karen Miller)

Penguin, for Once, Then and Now  (Morris Gleitzman)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years) 2011

All Through the Year (Jane Godwin, illus by Anna Walker, Penguin)

Feathers for Phoebe (Rod Clement, HarperCollins)

Maudie and Bear (Jan Omerod, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)

Mirror (Jeannie Baker, Walker Books)

Noni the Pony (Alison Lester, A&U)

The Legend of the Golden Snail (Graeme Base, Penguin)

Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years) 2011

Conspiracy 365 (Gabrielle Lord, Scholastic)

Graffiti Moon (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan)

Shakespeare’s Hamlet (illus by Nicki Greenberg, A&U)

Museum of Thieves: The Keepers Book 1 (Lian Tanner, A&U)

Now (Morris Gleitzman, Penguin)

A big congratulations to all nominees.

Further details can be found here.

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