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Review: The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan
Published May 2nd 2017 by Puffin
RRP AUD $22.99
★★★★☆

The god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing (and hilarious) trials.

He and his companions seek the ancient oracles – restoring them is the only way for Apollo to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus – but this is easier said than done.

Somewhere in the American Midwest is a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again . . . if it doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo’s way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate – a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame.

To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of a now-mortal goddess, a bronze dragon, and some familiar demigod faces from Camp Half-Blood. With them by his side, can Apollo face down the greatest challenge of his four thousand years of existence?

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Review: Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth
Published June 13 2017 by Orion
RRP AUD $15.99
★★★★

Join 12-year-old Tash and her best friend Sam in a story of adventure, survival and hope, set in the vivid Himalayan landscape of Tibet and India. Filled with friendship, love and courage, this young girl’s thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for children aged 9-12.

There are two words that are banned in Tibet. Two words that can get you locked in prison without a second thought. I watch the soldiers tramping away and call the words after them. ‘Dalai Lama.’

Tash has to follow many rules to survive in Tibet, a country occupied by Chinese soldiers. But when a man sets himself on fire in protest and soldiers seize Tash’s parents, she and her best friend Sam must break the rules. They are determined to escape Tibet – and seek the help of the Dalai Lama himself in India.

And so, with a backpack of Tash’s father’s mysterious papers and two trusty yaks by their side, their extraordinary journey across the mountains begins.

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Review: Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Published March 2017 by Allen & Unwin
RRP AUD $19.99
★★★★☆

Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser.

Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It’s not her frog, it’s her sister’s. And it’s not a frog, it’s actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya’s sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a ‘sister promise’ that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form…

So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs.

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Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
Published November 1st 2016 by Timbuktu Labs
RRP AUD $32.99
★★★★★

100 tales of extraordinary women – the most highly supported original book ever in the history of crowdfunding.

‘The feminist bedtime story book you’ll wish you had growing up’ Stylist
What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring children with the stories of 100 heroic women from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams

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Book Reviews · Children's · Fiction

Review: The Shark Caller by Dianne Wolfer

The Shark Caller by Dianne Wolfer
Published August 1, 2016 by Random House Australia Children’s
RRP AUD $17.99
★★★★

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Review: Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle

Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle
Published January 17th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
RRP USD $14.99
★★★

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Book Reviews · Children's · Contemporary · Fiction

Review: Amazing Abby: Drama Queen (Girls Can Vlog #2) by Emma Moss

Amazing Abby: Drama Queen (Girls Can Vlog #2) by Emma Moss
Published September 13, 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books
RRP AUD $16.99
★★★☆

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