Archive for the ‘Book News’ Category

Aaron Blabey’s Lessons With a Twist

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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 […]

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

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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 […]

Interview with Dianne Bates, author of A Game of Keeps

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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 […]

MY STORY by Julia Gillard: Out Now

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

  ‘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 – Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Having two kids under five is busy enough; constantly picking up after them, the daily hustle and bustle, and the shouts, shrieks and laughter that goes with sibling shenanigans. But what about young, lively, always busy, curious twins? Now that would be a handful! Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner make a great award-winning team, already […]

On My Bedside Table – # 3

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Back by popular demand, the bedside table revelations of our literary heroes and heroines or as some of us like to address the towers of teetering titles yet to be tackled, the TBR List – To Be Read List. Be it on the bookshelf, coffee table, lounge room floor or humble little bedside cube like […]

Loom Bracelet Phenomenon

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

If you have kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids, you’ve no doubt heard of the loom bracelet phenomenon. It’s a new craze of making friendship bracelets from tiny coloured rubber bands using a plastic loom and crochet hook. There are many different patterns and designs and with so many colours to choose from the possibilities are endless. […]

Brisbane Writers Festival Dazzles

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The  2014 Brisbane Writers Festival had an inspiring launch on Thursday night when author/publisher Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What is the What – about the lost boys of Sudan) told a full tent  about the genesis of McSweeney’s publishing company and its 826 Valencia Writing Centres. The tutoring behind these pirate, […]

A Pantheon of Poets: Geoffrey Lehmann

Monday, September 8th, 2014

A pantheon of eminent Australian poets descended onto a marquee slated on a grassy tennis court in leafy Sydney. The canapés, wine and congenial company were to celebrate the launch of esteemed poet, Geoffrey Lehmann’s new book, Poems 1957-2013 (UWA Publishing). Geoffrey and his vivacious wife, Gail Pearson, hosted a large but attentive group of […]

Player Profile: Kaylene Hobson, author of Isaac’s Dragon

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Kaylene Hobson decided at the age of ten that she wanted to be a writer. But it took her till she was ”much older” to act on it, she claims. Writing was always just for pleasure.   Now she has released her first chapter book, Isaac’s Dragon, an amusing and captivating story about a boy […]

Blog Blast! Review – Tottie and Dot

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Hold on to your marshmallows because new girls on the block, Tottie and Dot, have invited us all to their megatabulous Blog Blast party. Today with the help of co-hosts, Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling, we celebrate the explosive launch of picture book, Tottie and Dot. And what a feast for the senses it is. […]

Review – All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon

Friday, September 5th, 2014

One of my favourite books of 2013 was A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra so when he reviewed this book in the New York Times I took notice. Set in Russia in 1986 the book follows the events surrounding the nuclear reactor meltdown in Chernobyl. The story doesn’t deal with the accident directly but instead on what it means […]

Review – Isaac’s Dragon by Kaylene Hobson

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

From first time author, Kaylene Hobson, who has sweetly dedicated this book to her own sons, is the wonderfully imaginative tale, Isaac’s Dragon. Including gorgeous pictures by Ann-Marie Finn, author / illustrator of books including A Trip to the Moon and Captain Kieron.    An extraordinary young boy, Isaac, is introduced to us as a dragon […]

My Top 10 War Novels

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

There has been a resurgence in war novels in recent years as veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq return from the conflict and begin to try and make sense of what they have experienced and what the future holds for themselves. I am a huge fan of war fiction. Fiction about war I find is so much […]

Feathers, Scales, Fur or Skin: Tales of Friendship and Being Yourself

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The Lucky Country. That’s Australia. We embrace difference. Celebrate diversity. Stand up for what we believe in. Be ourselves. Show compassion for those in need.   The following picture books, as chosen for the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Books of the Year shortlist, all share common themes; diversity, friendship and uniqueness.   The Short Giraffe […]

Guest Post: The Little Red Ship – Nella Dan

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Author Favel Parret on the inspiration behind her new novel When The Night Comes When I was about thirteen, the Antarctic supply vessel, MS Nella Dan ran aground on the windy and mysterious mountain in the Southern Ocean – Macquarie Island. Everyone was evacuated quickly and without injury, thanks to the organised crew and the […]

The Monthly Book Brief – The Very Best New Release Books in September

Monday, August 25th, 2014

  Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief Fiction Books When The Night Comes by Favel Parrett A story of growing up, journeys into the great unknowns and that anything in life is possible. Parrett’s writing is truly mesmerizing. Her words immediately draw you in and you are […]

Australian Classic Read-Along

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

There are just too many Australian classics I haven’t read and I’m sure I’m not alone on this one. I always have the intention of getting to them, but there are so many other great books and new releases clambering for attention on my TBR (to-be-read) pile, that it’s difficult to achieve. Does anyone else in the […]

Top 5 Book Publishing Mistakes

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

In light of the news that He Who Must Be Obeid by Kate McClymont and Linton Besser has been withdrawn from sale and recalled by the publisher due to legal reasons we though we would list our top 5 publishing mistakes. Let us know ones we have missed! 5. Goodbye Jerusalem by Bob Ellis Bob Ellis […]

Awesome Author Interview: Adam Wallace

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of meeting funny man and children’s book author, Adam Wallace, creator of titles including Mac O’Beasty, The Negatees, The Pete McGee series, Jamie Brown is Not Rich, and Better Out Than In. I am even more fortunate that he has agreed to answer some of my questions! Firstly, congratulations on being […]

Children’s Book of the Year

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

It is the time to celebrate the CBCA Books of the Year: a plethora of excellent books. No one will be be surprised that Shaun Tan’s inimitable Rules of Summer has won Picture Book of the Year. From a visual literacy perspective, it excels in composition – what is put where and how distance and […]

Artfully Yours – Connecting with Picture Book art

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Today officially heralds the start of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week 2014. This year’s theme: Connect to Reading – Reading to Connect can be interpreted in many ways just as ones connection with art can take place on several levels. I have long purported that the humble picture book is one […]

Competition Winner Is Announced

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The competition to WIN a copy of Betrothed and Allegiance by Wanda Wiltshire as well as a handmade bookmark made by the author recently closed.  Fans and would be fans of the Betrothed series had some moving entries and pledges to very worthy causes. Wanda and I discussed each of the entries before declaring Ashlee […]

The Call of the Wild

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Some things demand to be written about. For me, it’s orangutans. I first encountered them twenty years ago. I was holidaying on the island of Borneo and came across a sanctuary where young orphaned orangutans were being returned to the wild. The Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre is now a well-organised stop on the tourist trail, but at the […]

Player Profile: K.T. Medina, author of White Crocodile

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Katie Medina, author of White Crocodile Tell us about your latest creation: The name of this novel, my debut, is White Crocodile.White Crocodile is a thriller set in the land mine fields of northern Cambodia.  Teenaged mothers are disappearing from villages around the minefields, while others are being found mutilated and murdered, their babies abandoned.  And there are whispers about […]

August – celebrating children’s books

Monday, August 4th, 2014

August is an important month for Australian children’s books because the CBCA Book of the Year is announced on 15th and National Literacy and Numeracy Week is held from 25-31 August. The aim of NLNW website, as stated on their website is: National Literacy and Numeracy Week represents a collaborative approach by the Australian Government […]

Get a book gift wrapped in August and we will donate the money to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Father’s Day is fast approaching and we have heaps of books to choose from for your Dad. We also have a fantastic gift wrapping service to take all the hassle out of buying a gift for Fathers Day. We can even ship it directly to your Dad wherever he is in Australia or the world. […]

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

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief   Fiction Books Life or Death by Michael Robotham Audie Palmer has spent the last ten years in prison for an armed robbery that netted 7 million dollars. Money that has never been recovered. Everybody wants to know where the money […]

Aussie New Releases To Look Forward To

Friday, July 25th, 2014

There are several books by Australian authors being published in the last six months of the year that I’m really looking forward to, so I thought I’d share them with you. The first is already out, and it’s Kate Forsyth‘s Dancing With Knives.  Set on a farm outside Narooma in NSW, Dancing With Knives is a rural murder mystery […]

Review – Once a Creepy Crocodile

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Picture books featuring native Australian flora and fauna aren’t new. Picture books including natty little extras like accompanying CDs aren’t exactly ground breaking either. However, picture books told with the kind of original verve and swagger like Once a Creepy Crocodile is will have you and the kids laughing and applauding with fresh wild abandon. […]

What will win YA Book of the Year?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

  The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) winning and honour books will be announced on Friday 15th August. One of the most eagerly awaited categories (especially for bloggers) is the Book of the Year: Older Readers. http://cbca.org.au/ShortList-2014.htm  A surprise outcome in the OR category of this year’s shortlist is the appearance of FOUR debut […]

Author Interview with Wanda Wiltshire and giveaway of Betrothed and Allegiance

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Please welcome Australian author Wanda Wiltshire to Boomerang Books. Thanks so much for joining us Wanda. Congratulations on the launch of your YA novel Allegiance, the second in the Betrothed series. For those who haven’t read Betrothed, can you tell us a little bit about this fantasy series? Thanks Tracey, it’s a pretty exciting time! […]

What is the Eve Pownall Award?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) shortlist is Australia’s most important award for children’s and YA literature. These books are celebrated in Book Week. The CBCA shortlist generates most sales of awarded books – for children’s books, although perhaps not for YA books – in Australia. The shortlist is used as a buying guide […]

Hong Kong for beginners

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

From the outside Hong Kong is a shimmering enclave of mirrored high-rise towers, a former British outpost and a gateway to China – the ultimate fusion of East and West. But beyond the swanky shopping malls and five-star hotels, the city is a heady mix of contradictions – of urban cacophony and tranquil country parks, […]

Continuum X post-con report

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

In June this year I excitedly went off to attend Continuum X, the 10th in a series of Melbourne-based science fiction and pop culture conventions. But this year was special. This year, Continuum doubled as the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention. International Guest of Honour was Jim C Hines, author of, amongst other books, […]

A Snapshot of Australian YA and Fiction in the USA

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’ve just returned from visiting some major cities in the USA. It was illuminating to see which Australian literature is stocked in their (mostly) indie bookstores. This is anecdotal but shows which Australian books browsers are seeing, raising the profile of our literature. Marcus Zusak’s The Book Thief was the most prominent Australian book. I […]

Doodles and Drafts – On a Quest with Rosanne Hawke

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Tales of aid working in disaster-ravaged lands may not be the first thing young readers reach for. However, Rosanne Hawke’s junior novel, Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll is a captivating mixture of enchantment and adventure with the added bonus of being rich in cultural awareness and humanity, attributes Hawke is well known […]

Review – Silence Once Begun by Jesse Bell

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

This is one of those great novels that blends up truth and imagination so well that the lines between fact and fiction are so blurred you don’t even know where to begin trying to unravel it. It also doubles the intrigue especially the way Jesse Ball structures the story to unfurl piece by piece, layer […]

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

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Each month we bring you the best new release books in our Book Brief   Fiction Books The Lie by Kestin Hesh A complex political thriller full of suspense, set within the Israel security organisation. A rescue operation that will have you on the edge of your seats. So many lies, so many rationalisations for […]

Pakistan for Children – Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

  It is rare to find an exceptional novel for children with the current emphasis on YA literature rather than on children’s books. Kelsey and the Porcelain Doll by Rosanne Hawke (UQP) is an exceptional Australian book for younger readers. With her background of living in Pakistan as an aid worker, Hawke has incorporated cultural and […]