The story behind ‘Just like tomorrow’ is at once fascinating and intriguing. Written by Faiza Guene, the daughter of Algerian immigrants, at the age of seventeen, the novel’s potential was quickly recognised by Boris Seguin, the director of a neighbourhood cultural centre with which Faiza was involved. Seguin showed the opening chapters to his sister, an editor at a French publishing house and Faiza was offered a contract.
John Singleton’s ‘Angel Blood’ is a book that, to be wholly appreciated, must be read slowly, carefully and be relished. It focuses on four children, X-Ray, Cough Cough, Lights Out and Chicken Angel. As might be discerned from these nick-names, these are no ordinary children and this is certainly no ordinary children’s novel’
Lucina, her mum, dad and rabbit together make a family. However Lucy is adopted…
Allen & Unwin
It’s a difficult to write engagingly about the subject of adolescence, growing up and the changes that affect the mind and body through puberty. Geoff Price, himself a councillor, mediator and facilitator at a private practice in Sydney, has done an admirable job with ‘Puberty Boy’, though nevertheless this is still unlikely to be the sort of book that is fervently read cover-to-cover. Rather it is the sort of book that concerned parents might purchase in good faith for their sons who illicitly dip into chapters as and when that need arises.
Jane Nissen Books
It is perhaps one of the paradoxes of the publishing and pitching of books for children that there are so few novels written in poetic form for new readers when rhythm, rhyme and a sense of time appeal so much providing highly accessible means for first independent encounters with stories and that warming, phosphorescent glow of language presented in its best possible placement’
That is Mr. Zooty’s motto. Sam, Lucy and Mrs Taylor have little money and are out collecting leaves one day for luck. Luck favours them, as Mr Zooty, a philanthropic feline, happens to be in the vicinity.
Tindal Street Press
David Fickling Books
Fourwinds is the self-designed manifestation of its affluent owner, Ernest Farrow’s controlling nature. Set around the turn of the twentieth century, the novel opens as Samuel Godwin arrives at the house having successfully gained employment as art tutor to Ernest Farrow’s daughters the wild Marianne and Juliana.
Hodder Children’s Books
All too often reportage by the popular press of those seeking asylum presents the public with an image laden only with leaden value judgements ‘ asylum seekers are seen solely as vagrants. Little surprise then that such instantly reactionary accounts all-too-easily fuel the types of hatred and intolerance that the far-right breeds.