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Looking for a new series to recommend to your child or students? You have to check out Darkmouth, a monstrously funny debut from the new star of middle-grade adventure, Shane Hegarty. Shane Hegarty was the Arts Editor of the Irish Times, but left to be a full time writer after Darkmouth sold in a frenzied auction at Bologna Book Fair in 2013. Continue reading

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Reviews: The Shop at Hoopers Bend by Emily Rodda

The Shop at Hoopers Bend is a story with a distinctively Australian flavour, infused with eucalyptus smells, cicada sounds, and nostalgia for simpler times. Written by Emily Rodda, one of Australia’s premier storytellers, having authored or co-authored over ninety books for children, this atmospheric tale centres around a forgotten country shop and the serendipitous events which bring it back to life.  Continue reading

School Holiday Reading Recommendations


The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
— Dr. Seuss

With the school holidays ahead, we thought we’d take the time to remind you why reading a book can be one of the best boredom-eliminating activities for children (and a welcome school-holiday sound-reducer for parents!). Continue reading