The Best YA Fantasy of 2016

by - December 9th, 2016


If I could only choose one genre to devour forever, it would definitely be fantasy. I adore the possibilities! And the action, adventure, magic, and probability of talking dragons. So today I’m going to list my favourite 2016 fantastical Young Adult releases. Since it’s nearly Christmas time, you can gift one or two or all […]


by - December 7th, 2016


As the end of the year approaches and I desperately attempt to catch up on telling you about what I’ve been reading, may I present another bunch of mini-reviews… Grimsdon (2010) and New City (2014) by Deborah Abila     Is it possible for a book to be both a dystopian sci-fi and a charming […]

Under the Christmas Tree Part 4

by - December 6th, 2016


It’s time for some fun fiction for kids. This little cluster of Christmas inspired picture books is sure to generate a smile or two and plenty of sage head nodding, perfect for slipping under the Christmas tree. Christmas at Home by Claire Saxby and Janine Dawson I adore the homegrown simplicity juxtaposed with the bustling […]

YA Books Christmas Books To Get You into the Festive Spirit

by - December 4th, 2016


As December sneaks into view, many of us start thinking about Christmas. And what better way to get you int the Christmas spirit than to read some books with delightful scenes of holly jolly festivities?! Well an alternative way to get into the Christmas spirit would be to eat lots of festive food and sit […]

Review: The Mothers by Brit Bennett

by - December 1st, 2016


The Mothers is an outstanding debut novel: an engaging, poignant, and thought-provoking read about the importance of motherhood, and the hardships faced by girls who don’t have a female figure in their lives to help guide them. Bennett’s novel explores friendship, the impact of secrets, and the consequences of disloyalty, as three teenagers grow into young adults. Most […]

Christmas Crackers – Picture Book Reviews

by - December 1st, 2016


As we mark the first day of December, the Christmas countdown has officially begun. A time for snuggles, a time for giggles, a time for togetherness, a time for giving, a time for remembering and making new memories. Here are a few glorious picture books that have all the joy, laughter and magic of Christmas […]

Glorious Gift Books

by - November 29th, 2016


Exceptional children’s gift books for Christmas this year include Annual, edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris (Gecko Press). It’s a treasure book in the vein of an old-style yearly annual, here packaged in the highest quality hardback form as a sumptuous possible Christmas present and absorbing holiday read. The editors have excelled in […]

The Best Books of 2016

by - November 29th, 2016


The 18 books you need to read this year, as selected by the well-read staff at Boomerang Books (and our 11 year-old reviewer!) BEST FICTION COMMONWEALTH BY ANN PATCHETT Ann Patchett is fast becoming one of my all-time favourite authors, and Commonwealth takes her talent to a new level, totally engrossing you in the lives of two families who […]

Dinosaurs and Cheeky Animals in Australia

by - November 29th, 2016


Imagine if dinosaurs lived today in Australia. As we know, dinosaurs did live in Australia, some on the Kimberley coast of northwest Australia, and their footprints are still visible there. In Return of the Dinosaurs (Magabala Books) Nyiyaparli and Yindijibarndi descendant Bronwyn Houston wonders what it would be like if dinosaurs roamed around Broome today. […]

Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

by - November 28th, 2016


I had no idea what to expect with The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis…but it was absolutely amazing. Although I’m a teeny tiny bit ruined afterwards. But that’s totally okay because everyone likes to finish a book and feel like their feels just got wrung and battered. That aside…this book was all kinds of excellent! […]

Review: Kill the Next One by Federico Axat

by - November 28th, 2016


With more twists than a double helix, Kill the Next One is a relentlessly-paced, unputdownable psychological thriller. It zigs one way, then zags another, providing the kind of stomach-clenching, unsettling suspense readers associate with Lauren Beukes and Stephen King. Nothing should be taken at face value, but rest assured, Federico Axat is a brilliant guide. Just like Blake Crouch’s Wayward […]

Under the Christmas Tree Part 3 – Self-help for kids

by - November 28th, 2016


Self-help titles are normally in high demand following the glut of Christmas overindulgence we adults tend to experience at this time of year. Children, thankfully do not time their greed or any other dilemmas for that matter so predictably. Therefore, it’s comforting to know there is an ever-available selection of fantastic kids’ books allowing little […]

5 Reasons You Should Listen To Audiobooks

by - November 23rd, 2016


I am a huge fan of audiobooks. What could be better than absorbing an epic story and not having to do the eyeball work of reading it yourself? So much brilliance. So much win. Today I’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should definitely considering filling your life with audiobooks. Or filling your ears with audiobooks, […]

A Monster Calls

by - November 22nd, 2016


A Monster Calls (Walker Books) is a contemporary classic, a work of art. It has had a poignant, yet illustrious history. Written by Patrick Ness from an idea by Siobhan Dowd and illustrated by Jim Kay, it is now available in a beautiful ‘Special Collector’s Edition’ with additional interviews about the upcoming movie by actors […]

Doodles and Drafts – All of Us Together with Bill Condon

by - November 22nd, 2016

 Bill Condon is a man of modest expectations that do not match his considerable abilities. He writes with charm, wit, sincerity and affection. His novels for young people, of which there are many resonate a genuineness that fascinates newcomers and for many older readers, transports them back to the idle days of their childhood, warts […]

Under the Christmas Tree – Part 2

by - November 21st, 2016


It’s important to keep the little ones pleased and preoccupied at Christmas time. Getting this mix right, ultimately frees up more ‘adult time’. In keeping with our non-fiction gift ideas theme, here are a few more picture books to soothe those savage beasts…ironically, all about savage beasts! Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle Gigantosaurus is more of […]

Who are The Good People?

by - November 21st, 2016


Hannah Kent is a master of atmosphere and of extracting her characters’ souls. Her new novel The Good People (Picador, Pan Macmillan Australia) is set in 1825, in a dark and dank Irish valley where, “Mushrooms scalloped out from rotting wood in the undergrowth. The smell of damp soil was everywhere”. The community has a […]

Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

by - November 19th, 2016


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner is equal parts beautiful, emotionally damaging, and incredible. I absolutely adored it. Because who doesn’t like a book that will nearly make you cry?? Obviously everyone loves that kind of thing. For sure. This story is gut-wrenching and precious and inspiring and hopeful and balances darkness and hope using some of the best […]

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee

by - November 18th, 2016


Writing an engaging story about a spelling bee could be a daunting task but Deborah Abela has done an excellent job in The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee (Random House Australia). India Wimple lives in the country town of Yungabilla and is able to spell all the words on the televised Spelling Bee. Her family would […]

Animal World Problems – Laugh-Out-Loud Picture Books

by - November 17th, 2016


Simply put, the following three picture books contain high degrees of absurdity, personality and fervour that turn logic on its head. But these animals with major problems will make you laugh til your cheeks hurt. You have been warned! Pandamonia, Chris Owen (author), Chris Nixon (illus.), Fremantle Press, 2016. ‘Pandemonium’: Wild and noisy uproar, rumpus, […]

Review: Roger Rogerson By Duncan McNab

by - November 16th, 2016


If you have read any books about Australian crime in the 1970s and 1980s, the name Roger Rogerson most likely will not be a stranger to you. He was certainly no stranger to the news media, having actively courted them for years. More recently, people like myself made a point of reading the Sydney newspapers […]

Clade, still being shortlisted for awards …

by - November 15th, 2016

I have been keen to read James Bradley’s Clade since hearing about it pre-publication. James Bradley has come through the ranks of exciting Australian authors-to-watch after great responses to his novels Wrack and The Resurrectionist. I adored his novella Beauty’s Sister, a memorable retelling of Rapunzel. His most recent novel, the dystopia Clade, is still […]

Under the Christmas Tree – Part 1

by - November 14th, 2016


Okay, with just over a month and a half to go, it’s time to get serious about Christmas. For the next 42 days or so,  I’ll attempt to fill your Christmas lists with some nifty literary ideas for kids to go under the Christmas tree this year. Today we look at some terrific non-fiction titles […]

Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

by - November 13th, 2016


Timekeeper by Tara Sim was an absolutely magical and adorable steampunk fantasy! And I most empthatically loved it. I’m quite excited over that too, becasue I’ve not found a good steampunk I loved until now. Timekeeper goes firmly on the “favourites” list for including all the glorious things a book should have: great plot, relatable and […]

Treasured Books We Call Home

by - November 11th, 2016


Home. A place of comfort, security, familiarity, belonging, warmth, and love. Our precious children and creatures of nature deserve this soft spot to fall, but what happens when these aspects are in question? Here are five beautiful books that address courage and hope in reuniting with the safest place in the world. Home in the […]

Interview with John M. Green, author of The Tao Deception

by - November 10th, 2016


Today we welcome Sydney based author John M. Green to the Boomerang Books blog. Welcome to the blog John. What can you tell us about your new book The Tao Deception? It’s an eco-political thriller, but what’s it about? Thanks Tracey. In The Tao Deception, a rogue Chinese elite – The Ten Brothers – conspire […]

Chasing the Legend

by - November 8th, 2016


Ford Street Publishing has recently revised and re-issued ‘The Legend Series’ by Michael Panckridge. I remember how appealing it was for primary age children when I read it in 2003 and so was keen to re-read it.  The Legends sports competition is held over the course of the year, beginning with surfing in February. The […]

Guest Post with Robert Vescio – Connecting Friends Oceans Apart

by - November 8th, 2016


Today, dedicated writer for children and father himself, Robert Vescio uncovers the story behind his latest picture book, Jack and Mia. In this special guest post, he reveals how his own family background influenced this story. But first a little bit about Jack and Mia. I have to say I love the look and feel […]

Best YA Classic Retellings

by - November 7th, 2016


Retellings might just be my favourite genre of them all. And we all know how popular it is to write retellings on Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood. Been there. Read that a million times. So what about retellings based of classic novels?!? It’s so exciting! And it’s a rising trend which is pleasant […]

Sweet Dreams, Little Ones – Picture Book Reviews

by - November 4th, 2016


Amongst the themes of bedtime routines and playful antics are ones of sentimentality, unconditional love and guidance. Each striking in their own visual and lyrical ways, the following picture books perfectly set the tone for engaging and soothing shared reading experiences before the lights go out. Counting Through the Day, Margaret Hamilton (author), Anna Pignataro […]

Review: Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin

by - November 3rd, 2016


Although John Rebus’s  name is emblazoned on the cover of Rather Be the Devil, Ian Rankin’s ensemble cast is becoming increasingly intrinsic to the irascible detective’s world. And that’s not a bad thing. Thanks to the distinct personalities of Rebus, Siobhan Clarke, Malcolm Fox, and two Edinburgh gangsters – Big Ger Cafferty and Darryl Christie – […]

Review: In the Dark In the Woods by Eliza Wass

by - November 2nd, 2016


In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass is an utterly addictive and seriously messed up story. So I loved it. Of course. It also goes by the title “The Cresswell Plot” (which I admit I am a little more fond of). It’s a YA contemporary that is about a cultish family with a terrifying […]

Australian YA: Becoming Aurora and Elizabeth Kasmer

by - October 31st, 2016


Elizabeth Kasmer’s debut novel Becoming Aurora has just been published by University of Queensland Press. It has a thoughtful, multifaceted storyline and deals with important issues.  Thanks for speaking with Boomerang Books Elizabeth. Where are you based and how involved are you in the YA lit world? I live in a tiny town in the hinterland […]

More Funny Authors from Laugh Your Head Off Again

by - October 31st, 2016


Laugh Your Head Off Again (Pan Macmillan Australia) is a very funny book of clever stories by top Australian writers such as Andy Griffiths, Morris Gleitzman, Meg McKinlay, Frances Watts, Sally Rippin, Jaclyn Moriarty, Katrina Nannestad, Tony Wilson and New Zealander, Alan Brough. It’s ideal for primary school aged children and would be a good […]

Doodles and Drafts – Halloween guest post by Karen Foxlee

by - October 31st, 2016


Halloween is a time of frights and treats, tricks and magic, guises and remembrance – All Saints’ Day Eve. A fitting time to indulge in a little fantasy and fun. Karen Foxlee’s latest mid grade novel, A Most Magical Girl combines all of these things and will have primary aged readers biting their nails in […]

Review: The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly

by - October 31st, 2016

The Four Legendary Kingdoms begins with Jack West Jr. waking up in an unknown location and immediately thrust into battle. We quickly learn he has been chosen, along with a dozen other elite soldiers (including a very familiar face, much to my surprise and delight), to compete in a series of spectacularly deadly challenges in […]

The Best YA Fictional Families

by - October 30th, 2016


There comes a time in every bookworm’s life where they secretly would like to be adopted by an amazing fictional family. No shame! Sometimes we just want to dissolve into a book with a quirky or magical or epic family whose lives are 78% more exciting than our own. Today I’m listing some of my […]

Review: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

by - October 28th, 2016


Becky Chambers blew me away with her amazing debut The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. It was science fiction at is best and was longlisted for literary as well as science fiction awards, and rightly so. So when her follow-up fell into my hands I was giddy with excitement and anticipation. Could it […]

James Roy and One Thousand Hills

by - October 27th, 2016


James Roy has a strong pedigree in the world of children’s and young adult writing. His stand-out books in my opinion are Town, sophisticated interlinked short stories; Problem Child, about bullying from the bully’s point of view; and his intriguing, wrenching YA novel, Anonymity Jones. James’s new YA novel One Thousand Hills was published by […]

Laugh Your Head Off Again

by - October 26th, 2016


Laugh Your Head Off Again (Pan Macmillan Australia) is a very funny book of clever stories by top Australian writers such as Andy Griffiths, Morris Gleitzman, Meg McKinlay, Frances Watts, Sally Rippin, Jaclyn Moriarty, Katrina Nannestad, Tony Wilson and New Zealander, Alan Brough. It’s ideal for primary school aged children and would be a good Christmas […]