For someone whose native language isn’t English, Evelyne Holingue writes with an enviable fluency. Chronicles from Chateau Moines is her second novel, aimed at the younger end of the young adult market. It’s a charming story about friendship, first love and the power of music. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protest era, …

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Who would you take with you if you ran away from home? It’s a question many children ask themselves at least once – and something I suspect their parents occasionally ponder too! The picture book Without Me? asks the question in a way that young children instantly identify with. It’s a light-hearted story about a …

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Twelve-year-old twins Jack and Jaide lead ordinary lives, until a visit from their father sparks a storm that makes their home explode around their ears. They are sent to stay with a grandmother they’ve never heard of, in an isolated town that at first seems dull. They discover it is anything but! The twins suspect …

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Remember the feel of old cloth-bound hardcover books? In this age of Kindles and e-books, Penguin has released a series that allows children to experience the same sensory delight of reading as their grandparents. Suited to middle grade and YA readers, the Penguin Australian Children’s Classic Series brings classic Australian stories back to life. With …

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Published by Wombat Books, Patience belongs to ‘The Invisible Tree’ picture book series. Conceived by author Kirrily Lowe, the series aims to impart big values to little people. Along with her husband, Kirrily is a pastor in Sydney. Her stories explore the character traits we’re all born with, and how we can grow and use …

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