Category Archives: Young Adult

The Silent invasion by James Bradley

The Silent Invasion is the first part of “The Change Trilogy”, set in the near future after the earth has been infected by extra-terrestrial spores that initiate changes in the metabolism of plant and animal life. Infection leads to both … Continue reading

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Opposite Ends of the Reading Spectrum

These are two very different books that I read at the beginning of my Christmas/New Year break. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon Subhi is a refugee who has never known life outside of the detention centre where he was … Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. After the reading.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children fulfilled the expectations built up by Gloria’s recommendation. I started reading it on Friday evening after work and finished it mid-Sunday afternoon. I now have to wait who knows how long for Gloria to … Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. (prelude)

It seems like I’ll be starting this book over the weekend. I bought it a couple of weeks ago but haven’t been able to read it yet because Gloria took possession of it and wouldn’t put it down. She has … Continue reading

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When Michael Met Mina, by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Humour, poignancy, foreboding, joy. Just a few relevant words that come to mind to describe this book. I could also add complex, but I wouldn’t want to give the wrong impression that its a difficult, confusing reading experience. The complexity … Continue reading

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A Rose for the Anzac Boys

In A Rose for the Anzac Boys  Jackie French vividly depicts the horror and heartbreak of battle at the Western Front during WWI. While not glorifying the violence, she doesn’t compromise at all with the gruesome truth of it. The … Continue reading

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The Dreamwalker’s Child, Steve Voake

I took another short break from my reading about WWI. This time I wanted something not related to warfare and the military, so I turned to a fantasy novel for children that I could get through reasonably quickly. However my … Continue reading

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The House That Was Eureka by Nadia Wheatley

I have a vague recollection (probably faulty) that Nadia Wheatley gave a lunch time talk when I was at university. It would have been sometime between 1990 and 1993. Or maybe it never happened at all. At that time, all … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Didn’t Know Kelly, by David Martin

Following on from a book about Ned Kelly’s mum, here is another book related to the well-known bushranger. This one is a “Young Adult” novel dating from the mid 1980s. The book is based in Beechworth (a favourite place of … Continue reading

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The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

A disappointing book that had the potential to be entertaining but for the most part falls short. Apart from the opening and last few chapters, most of this book seemed like it was merely killing time, packing out a story … Continue reading

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