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The Thief Who Sang Storms
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Book Review by Julie - Book & Toy (Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022)
This review gave 5 out of 5

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When the heartbreaking tragedy happens on the island of Monrovia fear drives people apart. Fear of the unknown and suspicion breed to create a toxic environment where no-one can thrive. Linnet and her father Nightingale are forced to move away from their community, from their friends and to eke out a pitiful and shadowy life in the swamps. They are bird people and the original inhabitants of the island, but after years of living peacefully their world was shattered when the tragedy struck. They do the best they can until Nightingale is captured and Linnet is determined to rescue him, whatever the odds. With unexpected twists and turns and a good dose of magic, this is a fabulous reminder of how forgiveness is better than hatred, how kindness rules and how differences between people can be used in a positive way. I really enjoyed this and I also liked the unexpected link ‘The House with Chicken Legs’. It’s an excellent book for older primary and lower middle school aged children. It also makes for a good set reading text as whilst the book is first and foremost an excellent and gripping story, there are a number of themes that can be explored as class activities or projects.

The Secret of the Treasure Keepers
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Book Review by Julie - Book & Toy (Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022)
This review gave 4 out of 5

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A.M. Howell is such a good story teller. I love the fact that this is a story about children pushing the boundaries of their lives in a quest to help their parents and how it shows the worries of ordinary children as they grow up. Ruth’s mother is being denied a job that she is qualified for simply because she lacks the ‘formal’ qualification on paper and her boss can’t seem to recognize her skills – is that because she is a woman and in the late 1940’s men were ‘more in need’ of jobs as the family breadwinner? The boss is also a ‘children should be seen and not heard’ type. But Ruth’s parents are divorcing and whilst the split is amicable, Ruth’s mother needs the income. Joe’s family is facing financial ruin and after the death of his father, he is desperate to help his ill mother manage and keep the farm, but doing so places a huge stress on his young shoulders. So when Ruth ends up on Joe’s farm to investigate the finding of a long lost treasure, she finds there is something strange going on. Joe is unfriendly, things aren’t quite as they should be and there are secrets and lies around every corner. With a few lies and intrigue of their own, the children race to unravel the mystery and find if this treasure exists before their worlds come crashing down.

The Ogress and the Orphans: The magical New York Times bestseller
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Book Review by Julie - Book & Toy (Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022)
This review gave 5 out of 5

Disclaimer - Books reviewed by Julie aim to help you know what the book is about and what ages and interests are best served. As we carefully research and love all the books we bring, the rating will always be a high one. This is why we encourage our readers to submit their own reviews and ratings. Read it - Live it - Share it ... and win new books to review.

This is a story about how a kind ogress who people are afraid of without getting to know her and a group of orphans forgotten by a previously loving community save their village and the people in it. Its a story of manipulation by a single nasty individual and the havoc that can wreak on a mass of people, turning selflessness into selfishness, kindness into suspicion and dividing what was once a close knit community. This is a story of special children with special gifts that should not be ignored. I loved this book. This is a story where the library, the knowledge it contains and the stimulus it provides to the community is a reminder of how books enrich our lives. There is an element of fantasy with the ogre and the specialness of the books within the library and talk of dragons. But most of all, it is a special reminder of how people’s actions form the quality of the world we live in, be it for good and for bad. In a world full of misinformation, uneasy relationships and clashes over beliefs, this is a reminder of how seeds of goodness and kindness can win through. Will appeal to fans of Kate DiCamilo

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones
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Review by Julie - Book & Toy (Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022)
This review gave 5 out of 5

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I really enjoyed this title. Aveline is such a believable character, it could be the girl next door usually doing ordinary things, with ordinary family concerns, but she just happens to have an affinity for the supernatural and gets caught up in these strange sistuations. The plot is just right for the target age group to have them think about what’s going on and what could be about to happen as they read through. There is enough tension to keep them turning the pages and to not want to put the book down and this is present right to the end. A quick read for me, but a perfect book for late primary to early middle school ages.

Rebel Girls Climate Warriors
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Book Review by Julie - Book & Toy (Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022)
This review gave 5 out of 5

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I loved this book and was also pleased to see that it included girls and women from many countries outside of the USA. The stories are seriously impressive and highlight females who are not usuallly in the news. It’s amazing what Nemonte Nemquino from Ecuador achieved and I was impressed by Marjory Stoneman Douglas who saved the Everglades in Florida and lived to be 108 years. There are some truly incredible women showcased here and it’s so important that their achievements and the critical work they are doing is given a voice as well as show girls that they too are capable of such positive impact. I liked the diversity of projects too from very rural areas to urban cities like Paris. What I also think is important, is that many projects came about because a girl noticed that something was wrong, decided to do something about it and then overcame obstacles to make that difference. This demonstrates that with just an idea with some perseverance, anyone can make a change. I hope that readers will look up and find out more about the various organizations women and projects in the book. As always with the Rebel Girls books, there is space to think about and write up ideas for your own project. What will your’s be?

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