The Song of Lewis Carmichael

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by Sofie Laguna, Illustrated by Marc McBride 

“Matthew stood on the snowy peak and stared out at the world spread before him. Every picture in his books had been limited by the size of the page, contained within frames. Here, there was no frame. Here, the picture didn’t end. Beyond those icy plains, the sea, and beyond the sea, a land that floated on the ice, drifting northwards. Matthew put the binoculars to his eyes and saw valleys and cliffs and rivers all made of snow. Everywhere was white.”

Matthew has dreamed and read and thought about the North Pole for as long as he can remember. And he has done it secretly. It is a place that cannot be tarnished by the world in which he lives – a world in which he struggles to find answers and make friends, while everything seems to come easily to other children.

But one day, a crow called Lewis Carmichael lands at Matthew’s window – a crow who believes in Matthew in the most simple and ordinary ways. Soon, the unexpected voyage of a lifetime begins – and it will change everything…

An unforgettable adventure story from award-winning children’s book author Sofie Laguna, with enchanting illustrations by Marc McBride.

When Days Tilt

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By: Karen Ginnane

Magic, mystery and darkness – a gripping fantasy adventure for lovers of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. In this page-turning debut, one girl must figure out why she is the key to two worlds, before time itself falls under the control of the powerful and the greedy.

A historical fantasy adventure for teens set between Victorian London and a darker parallel city.

It’s 1858, and there are two queens on the throne. Victoria reigns over London, the biggest city the world has ever known. But London has a secret shadow city, called Donlon, where another queen, the Green Witch, rules her own domain – time.

London is in turmoil. The Thames is at the height of the Great Stink; a blazing comet is searing the sky; technology is moving so fast it seems otherworldly; and the city is exploding with more people than it can hold. Darwin is about to publish his theory of evolution and humanity’s very place in the world is in question. On top of all this, people are disappearing into thin air. If they return, it is with empty eyes and torn souls, never to be the same again. Ava, a fourteen-year-old Londoner, feels trapped by the limited life of a young Victorian woman and by her watchmaking apprenticeship with her father. Her predictable world is turned upside down when she discovers that the body in her mother’s grave is not her mother, but a stranger.

When Ava goes in search of her real mother and her true identity, she is thrust into the dark world of Donlon and must fight a battle to save those she loves and the future of both worlds . . .

About the Author

Karen Ginnane is an Australian author for middle grade and young adult readers. Her debut historical fantasy adventure novels When Days Tilt and its sequel When Souls Tear are part of the Time Catchers series published by Penguin Random House.

Karen has been variously employed as a freelance copywriter, a marketing director for Paramount Pictures in London, a grain weighbridge operator in rural WA, a swimming teacher, a life model, a deckhand in Chile and an English teacher in Japan. She’s also taught creative writing, published short stories and in 2020 received an Invited Residency to Varuna National Writers’ House for When Souls Tear.

Karen runs a tour operator business with her husband, who is a Londoner, and lives in Melbourne with him and their two children. And two cats.

Girl of the Southern Sea

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Nia, a girl, living in the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia, desperately wants to continue her education and become a writer. But her family can’t afford the school fees. Instead, she looks after her 5-year-old brother, Rudi, and helps her alcoholic father sell banana fritters at the market. 

But Nia is a writer. She can escape her sad existence by telling stories, taking Rudi with her. 

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Ruby reviews Night Ride Into Danger

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Reviewed by Ruby, age 7

I liked Night Ride into Danger because it has horses in it and because Jem and Paw got to drive
the Cobb & Co coach.
My favourite characters are Senorita Rodriques and Juanita because they have lots of secrets!
I’d love to meet both of them because they sound amazing and because they know how to take
care of people like doctors do except they are not doctors.
If I could change one thing about this book I would make it so Paw didn’t injure his leg.
If Imet Jackie French I would tell her that I loved her book and I wish I could write as well as her.
I would recommend this book for kids who like reading exciting books with a bit of danger!

Night Ride into Danger

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Reviewed by the Geni Kuckhahn

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. 

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