4 The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Honest Truth
Written by Dan Gemeinhart
Middle Grade, Contemporary
Expected Publication March 5th 2015
240 Pages
Thank you to Scholastic Australia
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In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.

But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from.

So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier, even if it's the last thing he ever does.

The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and the incredible journey of the human spirit.

17 Nona and Me by Clare Atkins

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Nona and Me
Written by Clare Atkins
Contemporary, Australian
Published September 24th 2014
304 Pages
Won. Thank you to Goodreads and Black Inc. Books 
Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas.

They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal, their family connections tie them together for life.

Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseperable, until Nona moves away at the age of nine. By the time she returns, they're in Year Ten and things have changed. Rosie has lost interest in the community, preferring to hang out in the nearby mining town, where she goes to school with the glamorous Selena, and Selena’s gorgeous older brother Nick.

When a political announcement highlights divisions between the Aboriginal community and the mining town, Rosie is put in a difficult position. Will she be forced to choose between her first love and her oldest friend?

18 The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner

Monday, 23 February 2015

The Hush
Written by Skye Melki-Wegner
Fantasy, Musical
Expected Publication March 2nd 2015
448 Pages
Chester is on the road, searching every town for clues about his father and why he disappeared.

But when he's caught accidentally, and illegally, connecting with the Song as he plays his beloved fiddle, Chester is sentenced to death. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to their will. The axe is about to fall...

But there is someone else watching Chester. Someone who needs his special talents. Who can use him for their own ends. And who knows the secrets of The Hush, where there is no music, only deadly Echoes who will steal your soul.

Susannah is that someone. The young captain of the infamous Nightfall Gang, Susannah has plans for Chester. Finally, she will have her revenge.

33 A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell

Friday, 20 February 2015

A Small Madness
Written by Dianne Touchell
Contemporary, Mature Young Adult
Published February 1st 2015
240 Pages
Thank you to Allen & Unwin
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Please note, this review contains spoilers. It's a sensitive subject, so please read at your own peril. I have chosen not to rate A Small Madness, due to the emotional content and how this book effected me personally.
Rose didn't tell anyone about it. She wondered if it showed. She looked at herself in the mirror and turned this way and then that way. She stood as close to the mirror as she could, leaning over the bathroom basin, looking into her own eyes until they disappeared behind the fog of her breath. Looking for something. Some evidence that she was different now. Something had shifted inside her, a gear being ratcheted over a clunky cog, gaining torque, starting her up. But it didn't show. How could all of these feelings not show? She was a woman now but it didn't show and she couldn't tell anyone.

54 All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

All Fall Down
Embassy Row Book One
Written by Ally Carter
Contemporary, Mystery
Published February 1st 2015
306 Pages
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Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three certain things.
She is not crazy.
Her mother was murdered.
Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

The thing is, nobody else believes her and there's no one she can trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Grace's past has come back to haunt her... And if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes and one wrong move can make them all fall down.