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This is an enchanting adventure that follows four sprites with attitude and heart. With its fast-paced plot, memorable characters and engaging illustrations, Looking for Lily is perfect for young readers …

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Scott-Patrick Mitchell’s first full-length collection connects the reader to the addict as human, to place as suburban, and to society as complicit. Clean disrupts the sole burden of guilt on …

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This charming adventure follows Ella and Dad’s clean-up day as they hop and skip through the pages, sifting through household rubbish together. But before their forgotten junk can make it …

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The desire for great change by “going on a journey and becoming a man” is the undertow of writer Benjamin Simon O’Neill’s immersive memoir Searching for Pearls, which charts his …

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With his second novel, The Brink, Holden Sheppard cements himself as a writer to be reckoned with, combining insight, boldness and delicacy in a compelling mystery–psychological thriller.  When 13 high …

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Blue Wren is the third collection by Bron Bateman: poet, academic and mother of nine. It’s a strong work, structured around a suite of Frida Kahlo paintings, then leading into …

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Twelve-year-old Alice England is a little unusual. She works in her father’s funeral home and often gets messages from the dead through possessions that were special to people. Though she …

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Like a warm doona on a cold night, everything about this book oozes comfort and reassurance. Little ones aged 2-5 will love hearing about the day baby swan Ninni Yabini …

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