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


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

Elephants Have Wings

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

Race of a Lifetime

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


‘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


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

Aaron Blabey

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


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


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

Ultimate Sticker Book- Frozen

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

Little Failure

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

Backyard Bees

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


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

Return of the Padawan

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


  ‘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


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 […]

Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken

by - September 23rd, 2014

Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken

My chicken-themed (‘chooken’) book search and blogging continues, with today’s entry one about an adventurous chooken named the unchookenly name of Louise*. The hardcover illustrated children’s book I picked up, Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken, is written by Kate DiCamillo (better known to us for such titles as The Tale of Despereaux) and illustrated […]

Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE AND SHARE TO WIN Competition: WIN a SIGNED copy of Hard Choices by Hilary Clinton

by - September 23rd, 2014


WIN a SIGNED copy of Hard Choices by Hilary Clinton   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) Purchase a copy of My Story by Julia Gillard   Entries close 5pm AEST Friday September 26. This […]

Meet Elizabeth Fensham, author of My Dog Doesn’t Like Me

by - September 23rd, 2014

My Dog Doesn't Like Me

Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Elizabeth Fensham.  My Dog Doesn’t Like Me (University of Qld Press) resonated with me because I also have a puppy, Floyd (whose middle name is Pink)– a spoodle who is easier to train than Eric’s dog, Ugly, but I have used one of the dog-training tips described in the novel. […]

Review – Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

by - September 23rd, 2014


I am a huge Oliver Jeffers fan but have to admit his last few picture books haven’t hit the mark. That of course excludes the absolutely brilliant The Day The Crayons Quit he did with Drew Daywalt last year which was simply outstanding. Oliver Jeffers illustrations have always been outstanding but it was his stories that seemed […]

The Snow Kimono

by - September 17th, 2014

Snow Kimono

A buzz has been building about Australian author Mark Henshaw’s long awaited second novel after Out of the Line of Fire. The Snow Kimono (Text) is a literary psychological thriller set in Japan and France. Insights into both those countries shape the contours, ridges and atmosphere of the novel. Paris is wet and snowy and […]

Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE AND SHARE TO WIN Competition – WIN a copy of Lock In by John Scalzi

by - September 16th, 2014


WIN a copy of Lock In by John Scalzi  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 favourite […]

Review – Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

by - 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 […]

Review – The Drop by Dennis Lehane

by - September 15th, 2014

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This is absolute vintage Dennis Lehane. Contemporary Boston, working class neighbourhood, crime is not about right or wrong it is about survival and everyone has their own choices to make. Dennis Lehane originally wrote this as a short story called “Animal Rescue”. He then turned it into a screenplay which is about to be released […]

On My Bedside Table – # 3

by - September 15th, 2014

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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 […]

Review – Lock In by John Scalzi

by - September 15th, 2014


I’ve been dying to read this since Scalzi published his oral history, teaser novella earlier this year. You don’t have to read the novella before this but I would highly recommend doing so because it shows the true depth of the world building Scalzi has imagined for our near future. To set things up a flu like […]

Loom Bracelet Phenomenon

by - September 10th, 2014

Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewellery Colleen Dorsey

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. […]


by - September 9th, 2014


I’m afraid my blogging just isn’t as regular as I’d like it to be. Sorry! I shan’t bore you with the details beyond saying that life sometimes gets in the way. Despite my less than stellar blog-count, I’ve still been reading just as much as usual, so it’s time for a little catch-up blog. Here […]

Brisbane Writers Festival Dazzles

by - September 8th, 2014

Analogue Men

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, […]

Review – Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

by - September 8th, 2014

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With cover quotes from Kevin Power, Philipp Meyer and Jenni Fagan there was no way I was not going to read this. Throw in a rave review from John Harvey describing it as the best novel he’s read since Peter Temple’s Truth and it was practically drop everything to read this book. And everything they said about this […]

A Pantheon of Poets: Geoffrey Lehmann

by - September 8th, 2014

Geoffrey Lehmann

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 […]

Review – Spud and Charli

by - September 8th, 2014

spud and Charli

Does your imagination ever run wild? I bet kids will have no difficulty answering this one and for me that answer is still an empathic, yes! Horse-obsessed Charli finds it difficult to rein in her run-away imagination too in Samantha Wheeler’s new novel for primary-aged readers, Spud and Charli. This story gallops full speed from […]

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

by - September 7th, 2014

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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

by - 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. […]

How to Launch a Magazine in this Digital Age

by - September 6th, 2014

How to Launch a Magazine in this Digital Age

Bespoke print magazines are undergoing something of a quiet-but-steady resurgence. At least, that’s the way it looks to me, admiring the works of such magazines as Cereal, Another Escape, and Smith Journal, and a few in between from afar. (I mean, if you haven’t been following what’s happening with Bristol Independent Publishers (BIP), you’re missing […]

The Problem With Chickens/Chookens

by - September 6th, 2014

Louise The Adventures of a Chicken

Anyone who even vaguely knows me knows I recently adopted some former battery hens. (If by some fluke you’ve missed it, you can follow along via the #OperationChooken hashtag.) We’re coming up to celebrating one year of Randall and Coo (as I’ve named them) being cage-free (on 3 October it’ll be one year with me, […]

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

by - 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

by - 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 […]

Review – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

by - September 2nd, 2014


After only reading Cloud Atlas I was already in awe of David Mitchell so I dove straight into his new novel at the first available opportunity. And once again was swept away by the storytelling, the language and the imagination. The book has been described as “his most Cloud Atlas-y novel since the global phenom Cloud Atlas” and I […]