Books for Upper Primary Kids

Kerry Greenwood Books in Order (From Phryne Fisher to Ancient Egypt, to YA and Children’s Books)

Phryne Fisher Mystery Dead Man's Chest; Kerry Greenwood

(First published in 2012, most recently updated November 2016) With the introduction of Phryne Fisher to the television screens, of course my interest in re-reading the books returned. But this time I’d like to read them in order, rather than starting in the middle and hopping around randomly. Of course Greenwood’s written more than...
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Book Review: When We Were Kittens

David Greagg - When We Were Kittens, Book Cover with a picture of the black and white Dougal on the front

When We Were Kittens by David Greagg, 2012. Publisher: Clan Destine Press; 203 pages rrp $18.00. The amusing sequel to Dougal’s Diary, David Greagg’s When We Were Kittens, was released earlier this year. It begins when Dougal and Shadow are around two years old and invites us to share another year of their lives....
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Book Review: Dougal’s Diary by David Greagg

Dougal's Diary, David Greagg

Dougal’s Diary by David Greagg, 2010. Publisher: Clan Destine Press; 189 pages rrp $19.95. Can you imagine what it would be like to be a kitten? To have a scant few weeks with a mother to teach you the ways of the world, before being adopted by a different family of humans (if you’re...
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Book Review: The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest, Book 1)

Deltora Quest: The Forests of Silence, Emily Rodda, Scholastic

Do you want to fight the powers of the evil shadow and follow the quest of Deltora? Read this review and then read The Forests of Silence, first book of the Deltora Quest series. Part one of The Forests of Silence, told through the eyes of the young king Endon and his companion Jarred,...
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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 information for kids on how to write a book review – or report – for school. So this article is designed to answer those questions, as well as linking to more resources. Firstly a book review is...
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What I Have Been Reading Lately (or Coming Book Reviews)

I am Jack by Susanne Gervey illustrated by Cathy Wilcox

I’ve committed myself to participating in the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge, at the Miles level, as a Dabbler. Meaning, I need to read at least six books by written Australian women this year, and review at least three, from any genre. That seems almost too easy now, given I’ve decided...
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Guestpost: Good Books for Children’s Activities

Orange Down Under

Finding good children’s activities can sometimes be a chore.  Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to put up with a mess, or to clean it up later.  And sometimes you don’t feel like you can deal with a real physical activity because your own energy level may be at a low.  So maybe...
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‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Characters – Differences Between the Movie and the Books

How to Train Your Dragon Cover

See also: How To Train Your Dragon: Names of Characters and Dragons for a full list of characters in the first book of the series. ‘How to Train Your Dragon – the movie’ is a completely different beast to the series of books of the same name. In fact, with a few name changes...
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How to Train Your Dragon: Names of Characters and Dragons

How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell book cover

(Post updated September 2013) We have been listening to the How to Train Your Dragon books on audio lately and I must say I love them. David Tennant does an absolutely stella job of doing all the different voices, and although some of the audio versions are abridged, you certainly can’t tell anything is...
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Can You Read Geronimo Stilton Books Online?

A single book pages showing writing and picture, heading A great idea

Actually, for many people a better question would be, who is Geronimo Stilton? Is he an author? A character? A mouse? Perhaps the editor of The Rodent’s Gazette? Wait, is that a real newspaper? My nine year old, Liam, has recently discovered Geronimo Stilton books, so the question – are there any Geronimo Stilton...
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