Scout and the Rescue Dogs

Scout and the Rescue Dogs by Dianne Wolfer with illustrations by Tony Flowers is oozing with community spirit in the face of adversity, layered, authentic and endearing characters, a glimpse into the world of community outreach by truckies and gorgeous dogs needing to find their forever homes. This story seamlessly weaves together in a riveting […]

Mizuto and the Wind

Title: Mizuto and the Wind Author: Kaye Baillie Illustrator: Luisa Gioffre-Suzuki Publisher: MidnightSun Publishing Publication date: June 2023 Mizuto and the Wind by Kaye Baillie, illustrated by Luisa Gioffre-Suzuki and published by MidnightSun Publishing is a moving and powerful story that tenderly explores the forces of nature, family connection, the power of imagination and glimmers of hope that […]

The Fix-it Princess

Title: The Fix-it Princess Author: Janeen Brian Illustrator: Cherie Dignam                                                                      Publisher: Walker Books Publication date: March 7, 2023 Additional notable information: Teachers’ notes can be downloaded from Walker Books here. This review is part of a Books on Tour campaign From the Castle-by-the-Woods the indomitable, inventive, resourceful Princess Shona, together with a singing, empathetic dragon embark on a […]

The Jammer

Title: The Jammer Author: Nova Weetman Publisher: University of Queensland Press – UQP Publication date: October 5, 2022 Themes: relationships, grief, belonging, friendship, growing up, roller derby Additional notable information: Teachers’ notes can be downloaded from the UQP website here Fred is the Jammer for her local roller derby team. This is a sport her […]


Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall is an exquisite book that transports the reader back in time to a farmhouse that was built in the 1850s, however was home to the Swantak family in the 1930s and 40s. This is a beautiful tribute to the past, a celebration of family history and the power of stories. The […]

We Run Tomorrow

We Run Tomorrow by Nat Amoore with art by Mike Barry and published by Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia is brimming with adventure and suspense as well as a (mostly) likeable cast of diverse characters. These are the types of characters you can’t help but cheer on; celebrate their wins with […]

My Brother Ben

Title: My Brother Ben Author: Peter Carnavas Publisher: University of Queensland Press – UQP Publication date: September 28, 2021 Themes: Trust, hope, acceptance, brothers, family, boats, birds, Additional notable information: Teachers’ Notes can be downloaded from the UQP website My Brother Ben by Peter Carnavas is a glorious book to dive into, it will pull […]