Marie Antoinette Shocks Nobles by Taking a Bath

Daily bathing was not the fashion during Marie Antoinette‘s reign over France. French courtiers of the 18th century were all about sponging down the worst where necessary and saving baths for warm weather and emergencies. In fact, bathing was such a luxury that only wealthy nobles had bathing facilities in their own homes. Everyone else had either a bucket and sponge in front of the … Continue reading Marie Antoinette Shocks Nobles by Taking a Bath

Night Ride into Danger

This review was originally written for Pen and Fable It’s a dark and dangerous journey for the Cobb & Co night mail coach. But, young Jem Donovan isn’t afraid. He’s helped his father deliver the coach and its passengers safely dozens of times before. With six mysterious characters packed into the coach, this is sure to be an exciting ride.  But an accident causes the … Continue reading Night Ride into Danger

The True Colour of a Little White Lie

Nelson is having a tough time at school. The girls don’t like him, not in that way, and the guys think he’s a bit of a loser. But, at least before his best friend moved away and forgot about him, school was bearable. Life, at the moment, sucks. When Nelson’s parents undertake to run a ski lodge for the season, he spends every weekend up in a … Continue reading The True Colour of a Little White Lie

Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows

Wednesday Weeks never wanted to be a sorcerer’s apprentice. She loves science, not magic. But when a power-hungry goblin king captures her master, the Protector of the Realms – also her grandfather – Wednesday must embrace her magical potential to save him.  Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows is the first in a new series by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne. It is an utterly … Continue reading Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows

200 Minutes of Mystery by Jack Heath

This book was gifted to me by The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time in exchange for an honest review. 10 stories. 10 mysterious situations. 10 brave kids. 20 minutes to solve. Kane’s parachute fails during a skydive. Is someone trying to kill him? Fang is investigated by secret police. Can she prove she isn’t a traitor? Omar is buried alive in a coffin. … Continue reading 200 Minutes of Mystery by Jack Heath

Future Girl

By Asphyxia This book was gifted to me by The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time in exchange for an honest review. Reading Future Girl is an incredibly immersive, tangible experience. It is an important book, one that every young adult should read. Written and illustrated by Deaf artist and writer, Asphyxia, Future Girl is an Own Voices story that proves illustrated books are not just for children. This enthralling … Continue reading Future Girl

Super Geeks: Fish and Chips

This book was gifted to me by The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time in exchange for an honest review. Zeek and Arnie are best friends. They do all their favourite things together – gaming, coding, inventing; that’s why they’re the SUPER GEEKS! But when Zeek comes up with a plan to become Supreme Ruler of the world, he puts their friendship to the test. … Continue reading Super Geeks: Fish and Chips