On the weekend I returned home from a month aboard a houseboat on the Murray River in South Australia. It was an amazing experience that taught me a lot about this country, myself and how the world operates. As one might imagine, when you are cruising down the Murray River, reception and the net are sketchy, and not a priority so the only things posted since early March on the blog were the few things I happened to find time to pre-schedule. As such my reading lists and Monday’s TBR’s are severely out of wack. But I’m back now and plan to spend the day writing a bunch of reviews.
This week on the blog, you can expect to see a mini holiday wrap up on what I read, saw and did. I’ve also got a bunch of reviews that will hopefully be up this week and I’ll be attending the Newcastle Writers Festival on the weekend. So it will be fairly busy around here this week and next I imagine 🙂
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
The Beast of Hushing Wood- an illustrated novel for 10 – 13 year olds.
By the award-winning author of The Wishbird. A powerful magic realism story about Ziggy Truegood, a young girl who has a premonition that she will drown on her 12th birthday.
Ziggy Truegood lives in a tiny town deep in Hushing Wood, where strange things are happening. The townspeople are fighting, Ziggy feels like something is hunting her, and her beloved woods have become dark and hostile. When exotic Raffi and his grandfather arrive in town, Ziggy finds herself strangely drawn to them. But are they there to save Ziggy, or are they the hunters?
Thought-provoking and engaging, The Beast of Hushing Wood is a lovely blend of action, fable and magic realism.
hoping TO read:
Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mum leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.
And Mum’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat close rival Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions …
Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and fierce friendships in Flirty Dancing, Love Bomb, Sunkissed and Star Struck, and Stargazing for Beginners has all that and galaxies more. This is the best kind of real-life fiction – with big themes and irresistible characters, it goes straight to your heart.
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