A Bag and a Bird Review

I have been reading Pamela Allen books for as long as I can remember, her picture books are amazing and she is a favourite author of many Australian children and adults.  Her books are engaging and sometimes funny, with familiar titles such as Who Sank the Boat?  The Mr McGee books, and the popular (and very funny) Belinda.  The newest addition to her collection, A Bag and a Bird features familiar places to children who live in Australia or have visited Sydney.

I Just Ate My Friend – Launch & Review

I was very excited to attend the book launch – or as the wonderful host said to the children – the book birthday of I Just Ate My Friend.  I love being able to support Australian authors, whether it by purchasing their books or in this case attending my first book launch.  The first thing I did was purchase myself the book and the staff asked if I would like it signed…Yes Please! I was delighted to have a quick chat with the author Heidi McKinnon, who is incredibly humble, lovely to speak to and will delight us with another book in the future…although she is not sure what it will be about yet. 

Exchange of Heart

Munro is a teenage boy struggling to come to terms with the death of his sister Evie, who had always dreamed of going to Australia.  Munro is plagued by the coyote (a tormenting voice in his head), pain, flashbacks, and anger and feels that if he can fulfill Evie’s wish and go to Australia as an exchange student that everything will be ok.

Sparrow

There is such strong YA fiction being written in Australia at the moment, and Sparrow is right up there as being one of the best. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book that was set along the coastal region of the Kimberley –  a rugged remote Australian location, with deep gorges and mostly isolated coastline.  It didn’t take me long to be impacted by this book which went deeper than I expected. Those very first chapters saw the characters become so ingrained within me that I didn’t want to close the book at the end. I wanted to continue to follow Sparrow on his journey.

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