Tracey Dembo on This Book is a Time Machine
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1w ago
Tracey Dembo writes books encouraging big questions, daring dreams and wild imaginations. She’s the author of two picture books: An A to Z of Dreaming Differently, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo, and This Book is a Time Machine, illustrated by Lucinda Gifford. Today we’re excited to chat to Tracey about This Book is a Time Machine! From the publisher: Guess what? You are holding a real-life time machine! You don’t believe me? I’ll show you! For a start, I wrote this blurb in the PAST. Yet, you are reading it in the PRESENT. And when you finish reading the blurb, it will be the FUTURE … The ..read more
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Book review: The First Summer of Callie McGee
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3w ago
REVIEWED BY MIA, 11, WA The First Summer of Callie McGee by A.L. Tait, Scholastic Australia Pty Ltd, ISBN 9781760260163 Mia received a review copy of this book. The First Summer Of Callie McGee is a fantastic book written by A.L Tait. In this book Callie and her family friends go on a traditional trip to Sawyers Point. Callie’s character is a kind of nerdy goody-two-shoes. She is quiet, warm and kindhearted. Callie seems to be one of those girls though who wants to be a popular cool kid and thinks that she needs to have a cool name “CJ”. Callie’s real name is really Calliope-Jean! Callie is c ..read more
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WA school holiday event
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3w ago
Western Australian family-friendly event: Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a morning of poetry and outdoor activities to  celebrate the release of Right Way Down, a brand new ⁠children’s poetry collection from WA authors.  Poetry readings; games; activities; light snacks; and book sales from Dymocks Subiaco. Some of the contributing authors will be there on the day for signings. WHEN: Saturday April 6th, 10:30am WHERE: Rankin Gardens, cnr Hamersley Rd and Rokeby Rd, Subiaco, WA BOOKINGS: FREE but required, via eventbrite ..read more
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Emily Gale and Nova Weetman on Outlaw Girls
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3w ago
Emily Gale writes for children and for teenagers – you might know her novels I am out with Lanterns and The Other Side of Summer. Nova Weetman also writes for children and teenagers and you might have read some of her books, such as The Secrets We Keep and Sick Bay. Emily and Nova previously collaborated on Elsewhere Girls. Their latest book collaboration is Outlaw Girls, the second co-authored book by these authors. We’re thrilled to chat to them about Outlaw Girls today. Emily GaleNova Weetman From the publisher: Kate and Ruby live in the High Country in Victoria. They’re both daring, quick ..read more
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Peter Carnavas on Leo and Ralph
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1M ago
Peter Carnavas is the creator of over twenty books, many of which have been shortlisted or won awards. Peter’s books have been translated into many languages. He lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Today we’re chatting about Leo and Ralph, his latest novel. From the publisher: Leo and Ralph have been best friends ever since Ralph flew down from one of Jupiter’s moons. But now Leo’s older, and Mum and Dad think it’s time to say goodbye to Ralph. When the family moves to a small country town, they hope Leo might finally make a real friend. But someone like Ralph is hard to leave behind ..read more
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A.L. Tait on The First Summer of Callie McGee
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1M ago
Allison Tait (A.L. Tait) is the internationally published bestselling author of adventure series The Mapmaker Chronicles, the Ateban Cipher novels, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. Today we’re chatting to A.L. Tait about her latest novel The First Summer of Callie McGee, a cosy mystery novel.  From the publisher: It’s the last summer before Callie starts high school and she’s been dragged along to yet another ‘family friends’ holiday. Determined to change her nerdy reputation, Callie sets out to make waves but nothing is quite as she expects. Her usual ally, Sash ..read more
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Children’s Books at Perth Festival
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1M ago
Rebecca M. Newman, Alphabet Soup’s managing editor and the co-editor of Right Way Down and Other Poems, will be at the Perth Festival Writers Weekend on Saturday 24 February 2024. You can catch Rebecca at two sessions. For adults: Presenters on the ‘Telling Tales’ panel at the 2024 Perth Festival Writers Weekend. 'Telling Tales' (panel session, 45 mins).10am, 24 February 2024 at the State Library of WA. Price: Pay what you can. Suggested price, $24. Book tickets here!Presented in association with Writing WA. The creative minds of James Foley (Secret Agent Mole), Kylie Howarth (Crocs Sto ..read more
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Book review: Michelle Simmons, Quantum computing scientist
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by Alphabet Soup
2M ago
REVIEWED BY GABRIELLE, 12, NSW Michelle Simmons: Quantum computing scientist, told by Nova Weetman, Wild Dingo Press, ISBN 9781925893496 Gabrielle received a review copy of this book. Michelle Simmons: Quantum Computing Scientist is penned by Nova Weetman, recording the life of the Australian of the Year for 2019. It unfolds the remarkable journey of a young girl who develops into the unconquerable English chess champion and discovers her passion for quantum computing, eventually leading to a groundbreaking achievement—the construction of the first silicon based quantum computer. Alongsi ..read more
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Book review: My Strange Shrinking Parents
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2M ago
REVIEWED BY AASHI, 9, VIC My Strange Shrinking Parents by Zeno Sworder, Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd, ISBN 9781760761233 Aashi reviewed her own copy of this book. My Strange Shrinking Parents is a great book by Zeno Sworder. His book Is a fantastic read with an important moral at the end. The moral of this book is the circle of love. This means that when you are younger your parents give to you by giving you good food, education, and their time. But when they grow older you give to them by giving them food, medical care, and time they need. My Strange Shrinking Parents do that. When ..read more
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Book review: Scout and the Rescue Dogs
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2M ago
REVIEWED BY ELIZABETH, 11, NSW Scout and the Rescue Dogs by Dianne Wolfer, illustrated by Tony Flowers, Walker Books Australia, ISBN 9781760655860 Elizabeth received a review copy of this book. Driving in Big Rig – Bill’s truck – Scout, who is in Year 7, and her dad deliver food to the dog shelters in Australia. Scout always wanted to own a dog herself after her mum passed away because dogs always reminded her of her mother. Her father allowed her to choose a dog, but Scout does not know which breed to choose because every dog is special in its own way. But bushfire season has sprung, and Sco ..read more
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