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The 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced

Evangeline, The Wish Keeper's Helper By Maggie Alderson

The press release says “All Australians are encouraged to reignite their passion for reading with these imaginative and compelling Australian stories during the National Year of Reading.” So I’m posting the lists here in the hope that that will magically translate into time to read them At the very least, I will see if...
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Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels were Written

Kate Grenville, Sue Woolfe: Making Stories: How ten Australian novels were written

Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written By Kate Grenville and Sue Woolfe; Published by  Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, 2001 (1993) RRP $26.95 (paperback). Currently available on Fishpond $19.55. ISBN: 1863733167 This book consists of interviews with nine Australian authors along with extracts from their manuscripts at various levels of completion. It...
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How to Write a Book Review For Kids

Spilling Ink, A Young Writer's Handbook, By Ellen Potter, Anne Mazer, Matt Phelan

Lots of people have been finding my book review template article when they are actually searching on how to write a book review – or report – for kids. So this article is designed to answer those question, as well as linking to more resources. Firstly a book review is not the same as...
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Write Better Reviews with a Book Review Template

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards

Note: Lots of people are coming to this page wanting to know how to write a book review for kids, so I wrote another article especially for kids (and their parents). (NB There is a downloadable template at the bottom of this page – but if you are new to reviewing, please do read...
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