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The novel seems to be building up to the point that she can't accept it and needs to change the situation, when suddenly her mother has a psychotic episode and the focus shifts entirely on the mother's mental health. Now the message has suddenly changed to one of duty, saying that, yes, Anna does need to look after her poor mother, and any condemnation of the abuse is forgotten.

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This mixed messaging is extremely strange and undermines both points presented. The setting is well established in modern day Sydney, with characters communicating by online messaging apps regularly. The novel is full of Romanised Cantonese, which as an English-speaking reader, increases the sense of being an outsider, causing sympathy with Anna as she feels further alienated from her family.

Teacher's tips and author's discussion notes are available from the publisher's website. Vincent Hermann.

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Berbay Publishing, Themes: History, Australian history, Humour. Especially for those kids who love tidbits of information, facts and unusual stories, this volume of tales of people and events of Australia's colonial past, half hidden by more mundane historical accounts of early settlement, will intrigue and entertain as they delve into the more shadowy aspects of our past. Kids will thrill with the story of the amazing Mary Wade, the youngest convict sent to Norfolk Island, who had two babies while residing there.

Returning to New South Wales in , she proceeded to have sixteen more, making her truly the 'mother of Australia'. And the accompanying very funny illustration shows her descendants - all of them. And they will love the tale of the hulks, not only jails in England, housing convicts on the River Thames but also moored off the coast of Victoria and South Australia to house inmates, first of a jail in Melbourne, and of a reform school in Adelaide, the illustrations allowing no doubt about the quality of the accommodation in both cases.

Quirky stories are given to entice the readers: saw the government of Western Australia declare war upon the bands of emu destroying crops to no avail, while in , explorer John Horrocks atop his camel after expeditions into the north of South Australia, was shot by his own gun when the animal lurched. And in , another explorer, equally ill fated, set off from Melbourne with so much luggage that it took hours to get the pack horses moving.

The story of Robert O'Hara Burke is as funny as it is cautionary, and will intrigue younger readers. The tale of early sightings of the platypus, a brief look at child labour in Britain at the time, the story the convict belief that China was a short walk north of the convict settlement, or the tale of the early Chinese immigrants to Australia, seeking their fortunes in the gold fields in the 's, each is fascinating and supported with illuminating illustrations designed to entice and entertain. I loved rereading stories read long ago, but also new stories added to interest me gave me new slant on the history of the past and especially the way it is presented.

This is another in a series of books using the same format, telling of our past: books about Bennelong, Lachlan Macquarie and William Bligh were followed by M is for Mutiny in Omnibus, Age: Recommended. Toby decides to leave the family home, his Mum, brother and sister to live with his father and new stepmother Judy. He does this out of a strong feeling of loyalty to his Dad but is sad to leave his family behind. He is to have a holiday with his Dad and Judy in the family caravan in that gap summer in between leaving primary school and starting high school. Although he has looked forward to time at the beach with his Dad, nothing goes right from the moment they arrive at the caravan site.

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Judy and his Dad argue and leave, so Toby is left alone to find something to eat and to fend for himself. He meets Tara who lives nearby and a new friendship develops. Tara has issues with her own family, having lost her mother in an accident and she has to deal with her overprotective father. Tara's father is a shark fisherman and a pivotal part of the novel is the incident on the wharf with a newly captured shark, which starts a series of events that have repercussions for everyone involved.

This novel is set in the late 's and for all of us who remember that time, Peter Fenton has captured many aspects of the era. The 'slip and slides', plastic strip curtaining and the latest game Space Invaders are all reminders of the time. This is Peter Fenton's first novel and is an insightful look into growing up, family relationships and dealing with past 'ghosts'. Toby's Dad carries a huge burden from his time in the Vietnam War and Tara's Dad has to deal with the death of his wife.

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Peter Fenton is best known for his past as a member of the band Crow and as an actor. The cover painting of Toby and Tara looking out towards the sea is instantly recognisable as David Bromley's work. I recommend this novel to 10 to year-old readers.

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Jane Moore. Angus and Robertson, Recommended for Library collections. Themes: Southeast Asian History; Poetry. Combining historical timelines, poetry and interesting illustrations, this is an overview of the changes in Southeast Asia from ,BCE to the present.

With geo-political changes, human exploration and movements, conflicts and some geological and environmental events described with one sentence explanations in the timeline, this is a very brief overview of the significant changes in the region. The poetry creates a lyrical response to the changes, and the illustrations include an evocative conglomeration of images relevant to the particular era of history. This is a book that is a worthy inclusion in a library collection for the summary detail of the history of Southeast Asia.

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The scholarship of Emeritus Professor Virginia Hooker is evident. This book is unlikely to be read from cover to cover and were it not for the names of Jackie French and Mark Wilson it may not have made as much of a splash, however the information is valuable to those who are interested in the history of our near neighbours.

Carolyn Hull. Penguin, Dewdenn is a 'fey' village, in touch with nature spirits and as such a target for the Red Paladins, terrorising the countryside seeking out heresy on behalf of the church, crucifying the fey folk accusing them of witchcraft. Tired of being unwanted in her village Nimue decides to leave on a ship from the nearest town but when she gets there the boat has left.

Returning, Nimue finds her village destroyed by the Red Paladins and her dying mother charges her to take a sacred object to Merlin. The object is the legendary 'Sword of Power' and Nimue finds she can channel the power of the 'hidden' through the sword. Merlin is at the court of Uther Pendragon, on her way there Nimue meets and falls in love with Arthur, a mercenary son of a knight.

The sword's legend says that 'whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true king' so it becomes the focus for competing powers vying for possession. As violence escalates, Nimue's world descends into chaos as the fey villages are destroyed at an ever increasing rate.

She responds violently channelling the sword's destructive power against her enemies, becoming a rallying point for the fey refugees. The struggle for the sword of power becomes tied up with the annihilation of the fey villages by the Church, with the involvement of Uther, leading to confusing and ultra-violent battles, no doubt linked to the fact that the book is basically a screenplay for a Netflix series. Other than familiar names and a magical sword the story owes little to the Arthurian legends.

The characters are poorly developed, sometimes with the feeling that they are placeholders for more detail in later instalments. Little effort is spent on establishing a consistent sense of time or place, this will probably be better realised in the Netflix version. The illustrations have a sense of energy, in powerful compositions with strong lines. While the wrapped and laced costumes are great, inconsistencies in outfits make it hard sometimes to identify the character.

Where there is a double page spread, the focal point often disappears into the book's gutter.

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Middle school fans of Game of Thrones and violent fantasies might like this but be aware that the violence is quite graphic. It has been picked up to be a Netflix original series. Themes: Fantasy, medieval times, Arthurian Legends, magic. Sue Speck. Bloomsbury, Fionn is the anointed 'Stormkeeper', but it seems that his magic is not like other Stormkeepers and his island is depending on him to protect them from the return of the awful Morrigan and her supporters, the Soulstalkers.

The uncertainty and self-doubt that surrounds Fionn, under the pressure of a deadline, places pressure on the young man. His Grandfather, the previous Stormkeeper, is losing his hold on his own magic and his memory, and Fionn must rely on his close friends and mother and sister to create a plan to turn back the tide of evil that is encroaching. With a long history of magical events and intra-island rivalry there is drama at every turn and the approaching 'storm' of conflict needs the outside help of the merrows - ocean-based fantasy creatures.

But how will they get word to these creatures in time? This is the sequel to The Stormkeeper's Island and although it could be read as a stand-alone book, it is best read in sequence so the understanding of the magic, the time shifts and the candles that store memories would be clear. The book is a delight as the internal self-doubt of the young Fionn drives the tension as the islanders face the threat of annihilation at the hands of the advancing evil 'army'.

This series deserves to be recommended to young readers who love fantasy adventure. In no way is it like Harry Potter, but the reticent central hero is akin to Harry in being intensely likeable and supported by loyal friends. The magic is different, but the atmospheric adventure is worth following. Catherine Boyle also manages to capture the atmosphere of the small Irish island with its storms, fogs and swells. It almost takes on a personality of its own. And there is another book in the series to come! Through My Eyes series. Age: Upper pimary Oh wow, what a gripping a story of one child's experience of persecution in Myanmar Burma.

Hasina is the latest book out in the Through My Eyes series. Each book in the series is written by a different author writing to help us understand about the courage and plight of forced migration and refugee situations seen through the eyes of a child. As a teacher who works with children from Myanmar, I was hooked from the start and could not put the book Hasina down. My eyes were opened to the innocence of children living in Myanmar and how their families and world was torn apart.

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My heart goes out to everyone over there and other places around the world. Hasina is one book that I would share with my students. You can also find teachers notes on the Through My Eyes books' website. Hasina was a happy teenager when overnight everything changed. Her father and aunt yell to her to get up and run and not to stop. Hasina, her little brother Araf and her cousin Ghadiya run into the Rakine forest. When they emerge from the forest their world has changed.