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Deady Reads: Mallee Boys

Deady Reads: Mallee Boys

I loved this book so much I did the ‘fan girl’ thing by contacting the author on Twitter! So I’m not a teenage boy, or a farmer and have never lived in a rural farming town. This book shouldn’t really... More

Deadly Reads: The Comet Box

Deadly Reads: The Comet Box

The Comet Box- Adrian Stirling (Penguin 2011) >> Spoiler alerts << As writers the advice you often get is to ‘read wide’ which basically means read as much as you can in as many genres as you can. I was... More

Deadly Reads: Diary of an AFL Legend

Deadly Reads: Diary of an AFL Legend

Diary of an AFL Legend by Shamini Flint I have no idea how Marcus Atkinson, the main character in this book, survived until he was nine never learning any of the rules of AFL! His complete lack of any knowledge... More

Deadly Reads: Kick with My Left Foot

Deadly Reads: Kick with My Left Foot

Between the two of us life has been pretty full at the moment! The launch of Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018), writing our second novel about featherfoot, volunteering with Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns, coaching the local woman’s footy team, working... More

Deadly Reads: Go Home Cheeky Animals

Deadly Reads: Go Home Cheeky Animals

Ok, so this book totally isn’t aimed at YA audiences… but it was so good reading it to little Ms 2, Ms 5 and Mr 9 that we thought we’d add it here. Maybe every book starts to sound good... More

Black Cockatoo Novella Reviews

Black Cockatoo Novella Reviews

October 27, 2018

Read some of these deadly reviews on Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018)!  https://blog.boomerangbooks.com.au/black-cockatoo-blakwork/2018/12 http://underground-writers.org/2186-2/ https://losangzopa.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/black-cockatoo-carl-merrison-and-hakea-hustler/ https://www.readings.com.au/news/childrens-books-that-teach-resilience?fbclid=IwAR1mPXvOLB0EJ_vCdxbmR_s8aTUwI5P-nCA3DNk5De4Gm9ZHNnAJ9omZAwc https://telltalestome.wordpress.com/2018/10/15/black-cockatoo-by-carl-merrison-and-hakea-hustler/ https://www.readplus.com.au/blog_detail.php?id=9103&fbclid=IwAR2VGg2GtjlG0QKKM3-m0ctILCNmg-hP90T1bwbyGyAZ9k2aYYFRTvHnCr0 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40530925-black-cockatoo Some of the criticisms were: Animal abuse- Hakea is a vegan, Carl hunts traditionally and with a gun when out on Country. Treatment... More

Deadly Reads: Matty’s Comeback by Anita Heiss

Deadly Reads: Matty’s Comeback by Anita Heiss

If you love rugby or the Rabbitohs as much as Matty in “Matty’s Comeback” by Anita Heiss you should totally read this book. A junior fiction book aimed at Aboriginal boys aged 8+ this book follows 10 year old Matty... More

Deadly Reads: Specky Magee and the Best of Oz

Deadly Reads: Specky Magee and the Best of Oz

This is the first book we have read from the Specky Magee series… and we LOVED it! Wish I could give it a thousand stars out of ten. The story line is deadly: Specky getting selected for the International Rules... More

Deadly Reads- Begin, End, Begin- A Love OZ YA Anthology

Deadly Reads- Begin, End, Begin- A Love OZ YA Anthology

If you haven’t yet read the “Begin, End, Begin- A Love OZ YA Anthology” edited by Danielle Binks you should now. It took me a while to be sold on the ‘anthology’ and short story idea. I’m a lover of big,... More

Deadly Reads- Grace Beside Me

Deadly Reads- Grace Beside Me

Told in the conversational first-person voice of Aboriginal teenager, Fuzzy Mac, Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson shined a light on the life of Aboriginal children and teens who live with their grandparents- the old school ways, the old school... More

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