Books for ages 12+

What to do when your teen is into witchcraft

What to do when your teen is into witchcraft

It can be a bit daunting to discover that your teen is into witchcraft. Visions of pagan dances or even, gulp, human sacrifices spring instantly to mind. Or maybe it's, you know, Harry Potter that witchcraft conjures for you (sacrificial humans? My mind goes to many...

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by AL Tait

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by AL Tait

Harry Potter is surely feeling a little tired by now. He and his mates have been casting spells for longer than most middle schoolers have been alive. It's time for a new kid book obsession and I reckon AL Tait's new Maven & Reeve series might just be it. The...

Book review: Holes by Louis Sachar

Book review: Holes by Louis Sachar

This book review of Holes is by my little brother Book Boy Jr (12). Title: Holes Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Bloomsbury About the book: This book follows the story of Stanley Yelnats, who has been cursed by his pig-stealing great-great-grandfather and has been...

Book review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Book review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Title: Warcross* Author: Marie Lu Publisher: Penguin Books Australia   About the book: Warcross is a fast, action-packed novel that follows the story of Emika Chen, an 18-year-old bounty hunter/hacker. Emika is recruited by the creator of...

What I read this month (September 2018)

What I read this month (September 2018)

I am cheating a bit here by combining August and September, but I don't think anyone will mind. Night by Elie Wiesel  This book was confronting, yet beautifully written in its simplicity Adrian Mole and the weapons of mass destruction by Sue Townsend The Other...

What I read this month (July 2018)

What I read this month (July 2018)

There's nothing like school holidays to help lift my reading average, and this time I was lucky to spend three weeks travelling in Canada (read: lots of time spent on planes for starters). I hope you might find something here to read next.   Sapiens: A brief...

What I read this month (June 2018)

What I read this month (June 2018)

It's hard to believe but my blog is now two years old! You might have noticed that reviews have been few and far between of late, and that's partly because I've been focused on my music, partly due to school, and partly due to helping out with the #LoveOzYA blog in my...

Book review: Karl, The Universe And Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Book review: Karl, The Universe And Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Title: Karl, The Universe And Everything Author: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia About the book: Why do books smell like books? Why are some people always late? What causes earworms? If you have ever wanted to know the answer to any of these...

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Is vaping really that bad?

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