Shortlisting for The Girl in the Mirror!

Congratulations to our lovely author Jenny Blackford! Her fabulous novel The Girl in the Mirror has just been shortlisted for the 2020 Davitt Awards, in the children’s category.  We published The Girl in the Mirror (illustrated by Fiona McDonald) in 2019, and we couldn’t be more delighted at this wonderful news!

Watch a great little video of the 2020 Davitt Awards shortlist here, and listen to Jenny reading the first two chapters of the book here. 

Great review for Lighthouse at Pelican Rock on Reading Time

Illustration by Kathy Creamer, from The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock

There’s a great new review of  Stephen Hart’s The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock on the Reading Time website. Here’s a short extract:

The Lighthouse at Pelican Rock has plenty of adventure, mystery and excitement to keep older readers engaged. The author has captured the 12-year-old spirit well, making the protagonist a strong and capable girl. Hart himself is a former archaeologist and his love of history and storytelling is evident in this book. This could very well spark a project on lighthouses of Australia, archaeology and ancient stories. A fun and adventure-filled read.

You can read the whole review here.

A great review of Jack of Spades in Kids Book Review

There’s a great review of Jack of Spades just published on the Kids Book Review blog. Here’s a short extract:

Rosalind Duke is just the kind of plucky heroine I love at the centre of my historical fiction. She’s happy to step outside the social norms of her time and she keeps a cool head about her in thrilling circumstances. And there are plenty to be found in this fast-paced adventure.

You can read the whole review here. 

Photos of Sydney launch of Jack of Spades!

A great time was had by the great crowd who turned up–despite the extremely wet weather!–at the Sydney pre-release launch of Jack of Spades, which was held at the wonderful Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. (It was actually a double launch, with Sophie Masson’s picture book with illustrator Christopher Nielsen(Little Hare) also launched at the same event. ) The fantastic author Pamela Freeman launched Jack of Spades, and Sophie and Yvonne Low, who created the cover and internal illustrations for the book, both had a few words to say. There were book signings afterwards, and a great buzz around the book! Thanks to everyone who came, to Pamela for her inspiring words, and to bookseller extraordinaire Paul McDonald, who made this such a wonderful event!

Brilliant review of Mikhail Strogoff in the Weekend Australian!

We are absolutely delighted that Geordie Williamson, the distinguished literary critic, has written an absolutely brilliant and wide-ranging review of Jules Verne’s Mikhail Strogoff, published in the Weekend Australian today. 

Here’s an extract:

Smee’s version shows us why as many French intellectuals have celebrated Verne as a “literary” author and true visionary, as common readers have adored his works as vivid genre pieces. Mikhail Strogoff is not only a genuine pleasure of a book: it is evidence that, in the hands of an intelligent and sympathetic translator (and an Australian one, to boot) a larger and richer Verne can be brought into view.

You can read the whole thing here.