• Book Review

    There’s an Ouch in my Pouch – Jeanne Willis & Garry Parsons

    “What is the matter with Willaby Wallaby? Why is he sobbing and throwing a wobbly?  Willaby Wallaby is not where he wants to be.” This bonza billabong tale will have you giggling and wondering when Willaby Wallaby will be where he wants to be!    ***   I picked this up out of luck in my local bookshop, Storytellers Inc, on Bookshop Day last weekend. Spike actually pulled it off the shelf and I thought the title sounded cute. I then realised it was the same author as one of my favourite picture books!  I knew right then I would buy it but when the lovely Caroline said how much…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#89)

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about. For Review:  365 Days of Wonder – RJ Palacio (unsolicited) I loved Wonder, I have waxed lyrical about it on this blog in the past and I continue to do so with friends and family. I even took my copy up to my mum a few weeks ago because I know she will love it. When I heard about a new book from RJ…

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    Swings & Roundabouts – Bethany Ruth Anderson

    “Ruby red or disco pink? This decision is beyond me. Ruby red or disco pink? What does each colour really say? Red: I am an assertive, intelligent woman who knows what she wants and gets it. Pink: a flirty and vivacious female who just loves having a great time. Who will I be tonight?”  Sarah and Matt. Body dysmorphic and manic depressive. Unknown to one another until they meet at a party. Then the world becomes one for the two of them. Its just them, them and no one else, no drugs, no counsellors, no therapy, no family members. They are all that matter and they will help themselves through…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#72)

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about. For Review: Bruised – Sarah Skilton A tale of a url who things she is strong, both physically and mentally, who finds that her strength doesn’t come calling in the time she really needs it, rebuilding her life from an event that left her broken and bruised. I knew I needed to read this because it sounds like it has the potential to be…

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    Dead Ends – Erin Lange

    “I had a foot on some guy’s throat and a hand in my pocket the first time I saw Billy D. He was standing across the street, staring – not even trying to be sly about it – just staring without a word, without even blinking. ‘What you lookin’ at?’ I called.  His mouth fell open in a silent little O, but he didn’t respond. He didn’t leave either, just kept on staring.” When Billy D moves in over the road Dane just hopes he’ll stay away from him. Dane doesn’t do people very well and often they end up on the receiving end of his fist when they don’t…

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    Yellow Cake – Margo Lanagan

    Yellow Cake brings together another ten short stories from this extraordinarily talented writer – each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking. Ranging from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, what pervades these stories is the sense of humanity. The people of Lanagan’s worlds face trials, temptations and degradations. They swoon and suffer and even kill for love. In a dangerous world, they seek the solace and strength that comes from family and belonging. These are stories to be savoured slowly and pondered deeply because they cut to the very heart of who we are. *** I was very excited to read this collection of short stories…

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    After the Snow – SD Crockett

    “I’m gunna sit here in my place on the hill behind the house. Waiting. And watching. Ain’t nothing moving down there. The valley look pretty bare in the snow. Just the house grey and lonely down by the river all frozen. I got to think what I’m gonna do now that everyone gone.” Willo is on his own. Having spent his life up into he mountains as a straggler with his family, he’s never known many people. When he’s out on the mountain and he hears Magda shouting, he doesn’t go to her, he knows there’s something wrong. Then he returns to the house and finds they are gone, Madga,…

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    The Hunting Ground – Cliff McNish

    “Dead things can sound alive when they choose. Dead things can move around. At first nothing woke sixteen-year-old Elliott. Asleep in bed, he failed to notice the eerie whispered rhymes. Or the sighs. Or the footsteps. Those footsteps came lightly and swiftly towards him – someone or something running incredibly fast across the floors of the old house. A presence long dead was on its return to the world of the living.” Elliott and his brother, Ben, have spent their lives moving from one house to the next whilst their dad renovated houses. They live in the houses as their father does the work, but Glebe House has to be…