Kids’ Historical Fiction Books & Telling COVID Stories

Young couple with masks on park bench could feature in kids historical fiction.

In the past year, we’ve abruptly found ourselves living through a significant event in world history. For those not yet born, the pandemic will no doubt develop its own mystique in the decades to come. Consequently, I’ve found myself wondering lately: How will this period of history be fictionalized? How will COVID be used in […]

Looking Forward, Looking Back: Max Booth Future Sleuth

Today, I’m handing over the blog reigns to a group of voracious readers and up-and-coming book reviewers from Years 3 and 4 at Girton Grammar School in Bendigo.  Maddi, Jacob, Bronte, Max, Lincoln, William and Sarah recently read Tape Escape and Selfie Search from the Max Booth Future Sleuth series by author, Cameron Macintosh, and […]

All Things Sweet… Well, Almost

Easter seemed like the perfect opportunity to browse our books for series that feature chocolate and sugar! Perhaps not surprisingly, the sweet spot for the baking-themed series is the 8+ age group, which is often the age when interested parties turn their hands to baking. The themes are a balanced recipe of friendship, family and humour […]

Series from Santa!

Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas again, already?! But what to buy for children and teenagers who often seem to have so much? Surely not more plastic and electronics. Okay, you’ve got the right idea – a book – yet how to choose from the sea of books available? Young readers know what they enjoy, […]

The Colourful Appeal of Graphic Novels

What is a graphic novel? Graphic novels are, by the simplest definition, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continuous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. [source] You might be forgiven for thinking that authors and illustrators of this genre would be pleased by […]

Kara’s Holiday Reading Guide

Scattered Christmas bubbles in crimson, gold and white

In the southern hemisphere, summer is warming up! Attack your growing pile of ‘been meaning to read’ books, or embark on one of the new children and teen series out this year—Kara’s made it easy for you with her favourites list from 2014. Long, leisurely days stretch out before you like the golden sand on […]

Fairy Tales Reconstructed—Past, Present and Future

Once upon a time, long, long ago…long before there were books written for reluctant readers, books about social issues, or distinct markets such as ‘tween’ or ‘young adult’…long ago, there were just fairy tales. Stories within stories; stories originally told as a way of socialising children, warning them of the perils of  trusting strangers,  the […]

Reading Every Word

Book 2 in the ‘Every’ Series Today, Cereal Readers talks with YA author, Ellie Marney, about grunge characters, writing romantic scenes, and scouting murder locations for her latest book in the YA crime thriller series, Every. Firstly, let me say how much I enjoyed Every Word. (No pun intended!) The underlying story definitely gained momentum […]

How to Choose Your Own Ever After…

Cereal Readers is pleased to welcome a new Australian series out this month, called Choose Your Own Ever After. The series has been written for girls aged 10-14 years with a focus on realistic situations relating to friendships, family, school and budding romance. As in every day life, dilemmas arise for the main characters – […]

I and Love and You – Colleen Hoover’s ‘Slammed’ Series

Colleen Hoover blends music and poetry, humour and heartache, in her beguiling and romantic ‘Slammed’ series. It’s the story of Layken and Will, mature beyond their years due to the challenges they’ve separately faced, but optimistic when they meet that life is finally giving them a break and a much-needed fresh start. Anxious not to […]