17 June 2022 | Children's Fiction, Interview

Author interview – Victoria Carless

Dear readers, I met the lovely author Victoria Carless online, and then read her recently released middle-grade novel Gus and the Starlight. Victoria kindly agreed to answer some of my burning questions about her book and her writing process. The blurb states: A spine-tingling and heart-warming story about friendship and finding your special place in…

The way of dog – book review

… for this story is LOUDit’s made to be growled to be bellowed and roared to befreed from your jaws to travel Wind-wide and find those ears andsouls all waiting. I adored this middle-grade verse novel, The way of dog, by Zana Fraillon. It’s told from the perspective of Scruffity, a dog born in a…

25 February 2022 | Children's Fiction, verse novel, Writing

Where do ideas come from?

Thank you so much to all the new blog readers, especially the year seven students who have signed up – I really appreciate your support! My middle-grade verse novel Y is a crooked letter will be published next year and I’ll start working on the structural edit in a couple of months. I thought I…

14 May 2021 | Children's Fiction, Reading

Elsewhere girls – book review

Last week, I went to the book launch for Elsewhere girls, a middle-grade novel by a pair of well-known Melbourne writers, Emily Gale and Nova Weetman. Their book was launched at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library by Leesa Lambert from The Little Bookroom, with sparkling wine and cupcakes, beautifully decorated with images of the characters….