Review: Hatched – moved

Hatched by Asphyxia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While The Grimstones are creepy kooky characters, something has been lost in the translation from marionette puppets to book form. The diary format isn’t entirely successful, especially when a single event happens on two different days, and the voices switches disconcertingly from past to present tense, and is, at one point, omnipresent!
That said, the main character, Martha, is an endearing little goth, who tries her hardest to do her best and fix things – often without any input from her odd collection of relatives. Martha’s heart is in the right place at all times, and come to the fore when her spell-created egg hatches. A sweet story for younger readers.

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Review: Maybe Tomorrow – moved

Maybe Tomorrow
Maybe Tomorrow by Boori Monty Pryor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There should be more stories like this in the world. Monty Pryor’s heart-breaking, uplifting, and funny recollections of his life – so far – will fill your heart and feed your soul. If you think that you know about ‘the Aboriginal history’ of Australia – think again. Monty brings an intensely personal point of view to the history of Australia, and at that same time manages to describe the universal experience of Aborigine’s on this island both before and after the arrival of Europeans.
Written in the 90s in conjunction with Meme McDonald, and Margaret Dunkle, Allen & Unwin released an updated edition in 2010, which I am going to find and read.
Although parts of this story are repetitious and some points are made more than once, this is still a refreshing and satisfying read.

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Review: The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk – moved

The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk
The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk by Glenda Millard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This excellent series continues with the story of Saffron Silk. Quiet and unassuming, she has enough worry for the whole Silk family. But Saffron really struggles when it is her that has a problem. Millard writes about family with such profound insight, and she really understands how kids think. I wasn’t sure about the inclusion of God in this book – it doesn’t strike me as something that the ‘hippie’ Silks would embrace. Nevertheless, this is still a moving and realistic lok at the way that families interact, change and work together to help each other overcome obstacles.

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Review: Sixth Grade Style Queen (not!) – moved

Sixth Grade Style Queen
Sixth Grade Style Queen by Sherryl Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This ‘verse’ novel is an absolute heartbreaker. Clark gets right inside the head of Dawn. Dawn is in grade 6 and her best and longest friend has joined the style queens (read bitches), her mum and dad are fighting, and school and home are no longer the havens they once were. Dawn’s journey broke my heart, because it was my journey through grade 6 – where friendships change, families can be in upheaval, and the year seems like it’s never going to end.

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Review: Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery

Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery (Violet Mackerel, #2)Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery by Anna Branford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery, the second in the Violet Mackerel series, is just as wonderful as the first, Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot.
Violet and her family are beautifully drawn, both in words and pencil, and the feeling and thoughtfulness that is poured onto the page rebounds into your heart.
Recommended as a a great book for parents to read aloud to their young children.

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Review: Surfacing

SurfacingSurfacing by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deep, very deep. I haven’t read this for some time, but the feeling of melancholy that comes over me when I think about this novel is quite profound. I first read this when I was in my early twenties, and the insights I gained about relationships and families have stayed with me.

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