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.

Graphic Novel – Big Nate

Nate reminds me of your typically pre teen and teen (yes I am stereotyping here, and no I probably shouldn’t be), looking a little crazy in the school picture (not from lack of trying to look ‘normal’), driving teachers a little exasperated and denying he is on a date (it was the only seat left…really it was).