COMPETITION! ASK a question to WIN!


by - October 23rd, 2014

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A chance to WIN a copy of Ursula Dubosarsky’s ‘The Terrible Plop‘, AND YOU can ask her a question in an exclusive interview, to be featured on the Boomerang Books Blog! To win: 1. Head to My Little Story Corner and LIKE the page. 2. Find the Competition post, pinned at the top of the […]



Hazel Edwards discusses collaboration and controversy


by - October 23rd, 2014

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On the day that prolific Australian author, Hazel Edwards was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for services to literature, her latest young adult novel was receiving a very different distinction at the other end of the country. Hazel Edwards has written more than 200 books, including the hugely popular Hippopotamus picture book series, […]



Review – My Dad is a FIFO Dad by Jo Emery


by - October 22nd, 2014

My Dad is a FIFO Dad Written by Jo Emery Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn Published by Dragon Tales Publishing Brand new and hot off the press, and already sold out on the first print-run is the popular, My Dad is a FIFO Dad! My Dad is a FIFO Dad was written by Queenslander, Jo Emery, […]



More about the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards


by - October 22nd, 2014

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It is commendable that recent Prime Ministers have continued the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards even though, as with some other literary prizes, its future has often seemed under threat. It is a prestigious national award amongst the also-important state and other literary prizes. And it is lucrative, with winners receiving $80 000 and shortlisted authors […]



Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE, SHARE AND ANSWER TO WIN Competition: Win a SIGNED copy of Through The Seasons by Annabel Langbein


by - October 21st, 2014

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Win a SIGNED copy of Through The Seasons by Annabel Langbein To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell […]



Review – Imagine a City


by - October 21st, 2014

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The sumptuous cloth cover and unfurling clouds swirling across the end pages indicate something special about Elise Hurst’s latest picture book, Imagine a City. You’ll recognise Hurst’s illustrations from her other picture books such as The Night Garden, Flood and The Midnight Club to name a few. Imagine a City is a glorious collection of […]



The autobiographical account of the youngest ever solo circumnavigation of the Earth


by - October 21st, 2014

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If you want to see the other side of the world, you can do two things: turn the world upside down or travel there yourself…  …which is exactly what 14-year-old Laura Dekker did. One Girl, One Dream is her incredible story. Laura Dekker was 14 years old when she started her solo navigation around the world […]



Did Jessica Shirvington predict the Apple Watch?


by - October 20th, 2014

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The destructive technology in Jessica Shirvington’s duology may not be as futuristic as it seems  When a certain multinational corporation announced the creation of the Apple Watch, Jessica Shirvington fans were buzzing. Not because they were excited about Apple’s newest product but because the watch bears an eerie resemblance to the M-band technology used in […]



2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists


by - October 20th, 2014

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In a year of outstanding achievement by Australian writers, today the Government announces the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists. These awards recognise the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history and taking our stories to the world. Australia’s writers are ambassadors for our stories and our cultural life […]



Cooking the Books


by - October 20th, 2014

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Use the promo code “cookthebooks” and get FREE postage. Offer ends 27th October Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world […]



Doodles and Drafts – A bewitching encounter with Angela Sunde


by - October 18th, 2014

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Hold on to your broomsticks because today we have someone special visiting. She’s a bit of a drafter and doodler, a fellow resident of the magical Gold Coast and a wickedly wonderful conjurer of stories. Snap Magic is her latest light-hearted, fairy tale inspired fantasy novel about friendship and young girls approaching the precipitous edge […]



Talking about crime with Sue Bursztynski


by - October 16th, 2014

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I’m a firm believer in the old adage that “the truth is stranger than fiction”. In fact, I’ve living proof. Not too long ago I was swimming at Four Mile Beach in North Queensland when a garfish, not much bigger than my middle finger, jumped out of the water and speared me in the ear. […]



I Am Malala


by - October 15th, 2014

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If the author being the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee—and winner—isn’t impetus enough to warrant seeing what this memoir is about, nothing arguably is. Famous for advocating for education for all—male and female, all around the world—and for surviving a roadside assassination attempt by the Taliban, who were unimpressed with her efforts, Malala Yousafzai is […]



The Narrow Road to the Deep North wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize


by - October 15th, 2014

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Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Richard Flanagan’s affecting and harrowing story of the Burma “Death Railway” and the Australian prisoners of war who were forced to build it has trumped over 150 of the English-speaking world’s best novels to carry off the prize. […]



Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE, SHARE AND ANSWER TO WIN Competition: Win a copy of Travelling To Work


by - October 14th, 2014

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Win one of two copies of Travelling To Work by Michael Palin  To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell […]



Which new business book is Rupert Murdoch buying for all his senior managers?


by - October 14th, 2014

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Rupert Murdoch has indicated via Twitter that he will be buying a copy of Peter Thiel’s new book Zero to One for each of his senior managers. Peter Thiel is the co-founder of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook. In the Spring of 2012, he gave a lecture course at Stanford for software […]



Review – Hurry Up Alfie by Anna Walker


by - October 14th, 2014

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Here comes Alfie! Bursting onto the scene. So much to do, so little time. Alfie is plenty busy… too busy to get ready to go out. With classics including the I Love series, I Don’t Believe in Dragons and Peggy, and her beautiful illustrations for Jane Godwin’s All Through the Year, Starting School and Today We Have […]



The Strays by Emily Bitto


by - October 13th, 2014

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Who are the strays in Emily Bitto’s literary novel, The Strays (Affirm Press)? The new Melbourne Modern Art Group tries to set up a bohemian utopia paralleling Sunday and John Reed’s Heide group, or Norman Lindsay’s enclave, on affluent Evan and Helena Trentham’s property during the Depression. Patrick is a stalwart and Ugo, Maria and […]



Books At The Movies


by - October 13th, 2014

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Use the promo code “atthemovies” and get FREE postage. Offer ends 20th Oct. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The most addictive page turner of the decade! Nick returns home of his 5th wedding anniversary to discover that his wife Amy has gone missing. He contacts the police and reports her missing. Meanwhile you read portions of […]



Review – A House of Her Own


by - October 13th, 2014

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Five something-year-olds can be delightfully brutal and unsparing with their observations and subsequent proclamations on life. Audrey is one such five year-old. She may be younger or slightly older; but one thing’s for certain, she does look bigger than she did yesterday, which is why she announces to her father that, ‘your house is getting […]



Review – The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida


by - October 10th, 2014

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Translated by David Mitchell and his wife Keiko Yoshida this is a fascinating look into the world of autism. Written by a 13 year old boy, using an alphabet board, this book is a first hand account of what it is like for somebody with autism. There is not a lot known about autism and […]



Want to Win Lunch with Lauren Kate in LA?


by - October 10th, 2014

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To celebrate the release of Lauren’s latest book, Waterfall, we’re giving one lucky person and their companion the chance to fly to LA and have lunch with Lauren. Enter now to go in the running to win two $3000 Flight Centre vouchers plus lunch to the value of $US200 per person at a restaurant chosen […]



New Cookbook from Donna Hay


by - October 8th, 2014

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135+ clever solutions and f lavour-packed recipes for weeknights and weekends This book is all about new ways to make cooking easier and captures how most of us, including Donna Hay, like to cook. It offers solutions to the age-old dilemma of cooks everywhere – what can I put on the table through the week […]



Ready to Play: Peter Carnavas bears all on ‘Oliver and George’


by - October 8th, 2014

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Peter Carnavas is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, some of his titles including The Children Who Loved Books, Last Tree in the City, The Great Expedition, The Boy on the Page, The Important Things and Jonathan!.   Peter’s books consistently provide both children and adults with heartwarming, humorous and thought-provoking experiences that leave a […]



Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE AND SHARE TO WIN Competition: Win a copy of The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion


by - October 7th, 2014

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Win a copy of The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell us your […]



Susanne Gervay’s Elephants Have Wings


by - October 6th, 2014

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Susanne Gervay is an award-winning author, speaker, recipient of the Order of Australia and all-round dynamo. She rushed into my life last year at the Central Queensland Literary Festival. I had the pleasure of sharing an apartment, and lots of stories with Susanne during our week-long visit to schools in Rockhampton and Emerald. Her energy was […]



We’ve Reached That Time Again


by - October 4th, 2014

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We’ve reached that book pile time again: the time where I have to wade through the teetering, nearly toppling pile of books next to my bed to pluck out a few suitable for a long-haul flight. This is starting to feel like a semi-annual blog post, but one that I feel is necessary as the […]



Lena Dunham: Not That Kind Of Girl


by - October 3rd, 2014

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‘Frank, fearless and funny’ LENA DUNHAM Not That Kind of Girl A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” The first thing you have to know about Lena Dunham is that she’s unafraid to say exactly what she thinks. She’s provocative, very funny, original, dead-pan, disturbing, neurotic, simultaneously deep and shallow, and often way, way out […]



A visit from Dianne Bates


by - October 2nd, 2014

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When Counterfeit Love, my latest book for young adults, came out this year, I have to admit to suffering a little fatigue. I’d had eleven books published in four years, and was feeling like I’d just finished an ultra marathon. But when I look around at my fellow children’s authors, I realise I’m just ambling […]



Aaron Blabey’s Lessons With a Twist


by - October 1st, 2014

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Aaron Blabey is an actor-turned children’s author and illustrator, having great success with award-winning books including Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon, and Pig the Pug, which is becoming one of Australia’s best selling picture books. Fortunate to have Sunday Chutney as the chosen book to be read in schools […]



Meet Deadly D and Justice Jones


by - September 30th, 2014

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Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Deadly D/Dylan and Justice about your Deadly D and Justice Jones books (Magabala Books). Kids who like rugby league and sport are going to love these books. Questions for Dylan/Deadly D and Justice – What are your favourite football teams and players? Dylan: Growing up in Mount Isa and being a North Queensland […]



Review – The Billy That Died with its Boots On


by - September 29th, 2014

The Billy That Died with its Boots On

Grade Four Brief: fill an entire exercise book with a collection of poetry based on the theme ‘Don’t’. ‘I hear don’t much more than do. I think that’s sad, how about you?’ was my interpretation of the theme. It featured on every page. Outcome: I filled the book, each page boasting original arrangements of strangled […]



The Book Brief: The Very Best New Release Books in October


by - September 29th, 2014

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Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion I am not going to ruin this outrageously funny book for you by telling you what happens this time round to Don. However Rosie and Don have been married for 10 months so […]



Aussie Kids Love Stickers


by - September 28th, 2014

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Aussie kids love stickers, and I’ve pulled together a collection of sticker books to delight all ages. And the best thing? They’ve all been selected from the Boomerang Books Australia’s Top 1000 Bestselling Books list, which means you save 20% off the RRP. Great stuff, hey? First up is from the increasingly popular character, Peppa Pig in Peppa […]



Russia in Literature, An Obsession


by - September 27th, 2014

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I am not sure if many people are aware but I am a big fan of Russian literature, not just books written by Russians but also books set in Russia. There is something about the backdrop and the way these books are written that I am drawn to. The culture is so different and with […]



It’s B Day! Or Rather, Bee Day!


by - September 26th, 2014

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It’s B Day, or rather Bee Day! By the time you’re reading this, it will be Bee Day (unless you’re at home reading this on a Friday night, in which case I say more power to you). After a year of reading research, three beekeeping courses (first for native bees, then one each for langstroth-based […]



Interview with Dianne Bates, author of A Game of Keeps


by - September 26th, 2014

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Dianne (Di) Bates makes a living from full-time writing. She has worked as a children’s magazine and newspaper editor, manuscript assessor, book-seller, and writing teacher. Di has a wealth of publishing experience and is a recipient of The Lady Cutler Award for distinguished services to children’s literature. She has written over 120 books, mostly for […]



Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan


by - September 25th, 2014

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I’m sure the Germans have a word for when you get two pages into reading a book and realise it’s the second one in a series instead of the first. Whatever that word is, it applies to me, having just experienced that with Jeffrey Brown’s Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan. The ‘return’ should probably […]



MY STORY by Julia Gillard: Out Now


by - September 24th, 2014

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  ‘I was prime minister for three years and three days. Three years and three days of resilience.Three years and three days of changing the nation. Three years and three days for you to judge.’ MY STORY is Julia Gillard’s account of her time as Australia’s first female prime minister. It details her rise in […]



Review – Sylvia


by - September 24th, 2014

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Like many, I have a vegie plot. It’s small and handy, full of kitchen herbs and beans mostly. It’s sustaining too albeit not so much for me, but to a host of garden creepers, crawlers and sliders. Long ago, I succumbed to the ‘live and let live’ theory, having exhausted beer and egg shell supplies […]