Puzzle Palace is the third book in the Quizzical Series by Leanne Davidson. The series follows the adventures of super intelligent Brain Davis who doesn’t seem to know the meaning of modesty and manages to upset people not because he’s smart but because of his great admiration for his own intelligence.

Readers were introduced to Brain and his friends, Ted and Crofty in Quizzical. Brain also has an ‘out of control’ dog called Mischief who is the source of many of his problems.

In Puzzle Palace it appears that Brain may have met his match in the intelligence stakes when Summer Miller moves into the area and is one of the other lucky winners in the Puzzle Palace competition.

The prize for the five winners is to be the first kids to enter Puzzle Palace, a theme park with teasers to put the biggest brains to the test. Every room has a puzzle which must be solved before the contestants can move on, and something they will never suspect awaits them at the very end.

Throughout the series former headmaster, Prescott Heath finds new and creative ways to try and destroy Brain and his aspirations.

There is plenty of action in Puzzle Palace and I also enjoyed the humour. The Quizzical books are not just straight narrative and have all sorts of puzzles and brainteasers for readers to have fun with.

Puzzle Palace is written for 10-14 year olds and is published by LJD Books.


This is the second adventure for Alby and The Cat and like the first book, it is told in alternating viewpoints. One of the funniest parts of these books is seeing humans through the animal characters’ eyes.

Alby, the guide dog and The Cat started out as arch enemies in the first book, but The Cat ended up saving Alby’s life.

In Alby and The Cat: Showbusiness, Alby returns the favour and protects The Cat from the nasty Persian at the Morvale Show.

Their latest adventure helps the two main characters realise how much they mean to each other.

Readers will enjoy the gentle humour of Alby and The Cat:Showbusiness, and the delightful pictures by illustrator, Kim Dingwall.

Alby and the Cat: Showbusiness is for readers aged 7+

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Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.