Category Archives: CBCA

Review: Freedom Ride

Sue Lawson’s Freedom Ride is good. Really good. Many have called for it to be included on school reading lists and it will be added to ours if I have anything to do with it. It is a terrific portrayal … Continue reading

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Crow Country | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

So of course the one junior book that I hadn’t reviewed carried the day. Can’t blame the CBCA, it is a truly gripping story. So why didn’t I get around to reading it? Here we go: Time-slip is to me … Continue reading

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Congratulations!

The winners of the 2012 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award have been announced. Congratulations to Scot Gardiner, Kate Constable, Nick Bland & Freya Blackwood and Bob Graham! Of course, I need to eat my words as I … Continue reading

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The Golden Door | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

Having written the Deltora Quest series (among other things), Emily Rodda is a practiced hand at fantasy. The golden door is exactly what you would expect from such a writer. It ticks all the fantasy boxes with magical things and … Continue reading

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Nanberry: Black Brother White | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

Some may feel that, in an earlier post, I may have implied that Jackie French doesn’t earn her spot in the shortlist year after year, that would be true. But let me say now that French’s writing is consistently good … Continue reading

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A Bus Called Heaven | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

What a strange book. A bus called heaven starts before the imprint and continues on in a strange, chaotic sort of way.  Ostensibly this is the story of a ghostly pale girl who claims an abandoned bus for the community … Continue reading

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For All Creatures | Review | CBCA BotY 2012

As teachers we have the ability to abuse our role in indulgent ways. Forcing our students to perform the text of Isabella’s garden  in rounds is one such indulgence. If you haven’t partaken, get on it. For all creatures mines … Continue reading

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