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    Cauldron Spells – CJ Busby

    “If Adolphus the dragon had not fallen through the trapdoor and landed head first in Max’s cauldron, then the cauldron would not have ended up severely bent out of shape, and maybe Max’s spells wouldn’t have gone quite so spectacularly wrong. He certainly wouldn’t have needed to go looking for a new cauldron, and that was what saved them all.” With Spell School nearly upon him Max sets out for Morgana Le Fay’s castle. Having last seen her when he foiled her plan to overthrow King Arthur and claim the throne for herself Max is understandably nervous. Making everything worse is his cauldron, so badly bent out of shape it…

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    Beat the Band – Don Calame

    “’This is it, dawgs,’ I say. ‘From boys to men. Tenth grade is the year we tag all the bases. First, second, third and then we slide into home.’ ‘I’d just be happy to step into the batter’s box again,’ Sean says. I shoot him a gimme-a-break look. ‘Dont be so mopey, dude. Tianna was just a practise swing. Now you’re primed to aim for the fences.’ Matt, Coop and Sean are back in the just as hilarious second book in the Swim the Fly series. After a fun, for some, summer, the boys are back at school and starting tenth grade. This time we get an insight into the…

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    India Dark Blog Tour – Kirsty Murray’s Destinations In India

     Today I have the wonderful Kirsty Murray talking about the setting for her book India Dark and what kind of research she did, places she visited and what she saw… *** Before I came across the true story on which India Dark is based I knew very little about India and had never been there. Although I’m a fifth generation Australian, I grew up as a total USA/Europhile. With the exception of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘Kim’, I read nothing much about India until Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children in the 1980s. I could never have written India Dark without spending time in India. I was lucky enough to score an Asialink Literature residency at the…

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    India Dark – Kirsty Murray

    “Daisy opened her mouth and lies flew out. Her face so pink and white, her lips so plump and sweet, her lies so vile. I had to cover my ears. I shut my eyes too, wanitng to block out the courtroom, to neither see nor hear the evil. The men in black gowns, the crowd of newspaper reporters, the swirling fans, Eliza weeping, Mr Arthur and his pale face, Daisy and her lies. Everything.” Its 1910. Poesy Swift has been travelling for nearly a year with the Percival Lilliputian Opera Company. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing. After arriving in India the company was in trouble right from the…

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    Swim the Fly – Don Calame

    “’Movies don’t count’ Cooper says. ‘The Internet doesn’t count. Magazines don’t count. A real, live naked girl. That’s the deal. That’s our goal for this summer’ ‘Been there, done that,’ Sean says. ‘Taking baths with your sister doesn’t count, either, Sean,’ Cooper snorts.” Its summer and 15 year old best friends Matt, Cooper and Sean, have plans like they always do. This summer will consist of being part of the local swim team, doing as good as possible, which isn’t very, at the swim meets and having as much fun as they can fit in. They always have a goal to hit before the end of summer and this summer…

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    Frogspell – CJ Busby

    “The day that Max accidently discovered the Frogspell started like any ordinary day in Castle Perilous. He and his sister, Olivia, were having breakfast late, as usual. Olivia had been trying to teach her pet dragon, Adolphus, a new trick, and Max had been making plans for his new spell.” Max is practising for the Novice’s Spell Making Competition when he accidently comes across Frogspell – a potion that turns him, his sister and his pet rat into frogs. When they discover an anti-dote in one of the most terrifying way possible, for an 11 year old boy anyway, Max makes a safer one and believes this is what will…