I have closely followed Nova Weetman’s writing for children and young adults since her 2014 YA debut The Haunting of Lily Frost and was on the Aurealis judging panel when it was shortlisted. I reviewed Nova’s second YA novel Frankie and Joely for the Weekend Australian, as well as Everything Is Changed and her first […]Read More The Edge of Thirteen by Nova Weetman
Book Review My lingering recollections of The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey (Text Publishing) are of place and the nature of the labyrinth. Erica finds a fibro shack on the sandy, salty, windswept coastline in the hamlet of Garra Nulla. It is a shambled labyrinth but its core is perfectly proportioned. Erica buys the house. “I…Read More The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey
David Free believes that Literary Panels are a Terrible Idea By Craig Lawn In response to David Free’s article about literary awards in the SMH 9/7/21 https://www.smh.com.au/culture/books/judge-a-literary-prize-no-thanks-they-re-all-a-giant-waste-of-time-20210706-p587cu.html As a commentator, David’s role is to engage the reader. He has done this by writing a polemic piece. He has been one-eyed and controversial, but he has […]Read More Are Literary Panels a Bad Idea?
Inside the 2021 CBCA Shortlist We Love You, Magoo is written and illustrated by much-loved author-illustrator Briony Stewart. It is shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood awards and is published by Penguin Random House Australia. Thank you for speaking to PaperbarkWords, Briony. No worries! My Pleasure! I have loved and promoted […]Read More We Love You, Magoo by Briony Stewart
Thank you for speaking to PaperbarkWords, Susannah and Tamsin. Your picture book Grumble Boats (Affirm Press) is an original and uplifting picture book for young children about expressing and dealing with grumpiness and the relationship between Emma and her Grandma. It accentuates Grandma’s kindness and wisdom, Emma’s trust and their mutual love. Susannah, I love […]Read More Grumble Boats by Susannah McFarlane, illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie
“You’re free too … You’re not trapped by the secrets of the past. You’re now a witness to the past. To honour those who have suffered and let no one ever forget so it cannot happen again. You’re free to create your future now.” (Heroes of the Secret Underground) Any introduction of Australian children’s author […]Read More Heroes of the Secret Underground by Susanne Gervay
Who Fed Zed? is a very funny picture book written by Amelia McInerney. It is perfectly matched and enhanced by Adam Nickel’s illustrations and is published by Allen & Unwin. Amelia has achieved amazing success in a short time with her picture books The Book Chook, The Bad Crab illustrated by Philip Bunting and My […]Read More Who Fed Zed? by Amelia McInerney & Adam Nickel
“ ‘Like’ was too small a word for how she felt about her little room, her special window, the wooden walls with Grandma’s name in looping letters.” (Bella and the Voyaging House) Meg McKinlay is one of Australia’s finest writers for young people. Her books span ages and genres. They invariably blend an engaging story […]Read More Bella and the Voyaging House by Meg McKinlay
“Everything is happening so fast, puberty is like a runaway train. Why can’t my body slow down for a second? So I can catch my breath?” (Are You There Buddha?) Pip Harry has a glowing backlist of YA novels – Because of You, Head of the River and I’ll Tell You Mine. She has followed […]Read More Pip Harry and Are You There Buddha?
Inside the CBCA Shortlist The Unwilling Twin by Freya Blackwood (HarperCollins Publishers) is shortlisted for the CBCA 2021 Picture Book of the Year. Credit to the judges of the picture book category because of their outstanding list (although I can’t imagine how they will select the winner and honour books from these deserving titles), and […]Read More The Unwilling Twin by Freya Blackwood