The Midnight Watch - David Dyer - a book published in 2016. A pacy, well written story of the Titanic written from the alternate viewpoints of an investigative journalist and the crew of the Californian, the ship that saw the Titanic's distress signals but did nothing. Loved it. 5 stars.

The Midnight Watch - David Dyer - a book published in 2016. A pacy, well written story of the Titanic written from the alternate viewpoints of an investigative journalist and the crew of the Californian, the ship that saw the Titanic's distress signals but did nothing. Loved it. 5 stars.

Friday Brown - Vikki Wakefield - met the author. A wonderfully powerful YA novel. Great characters & very good writing. Gripping and gritty. A retelling of Oliver Twist. Good for HSC: Discovery; Representing People and Places; Transitions.  4.5 stars

Friday Brown - Vikki Wakefield - met the author. A wonderfully powerful YA novel. Great characters & very good writing. Gripping and gritty. A retelling of Oliver Twist. Good for HSC: Discovery; Representing People and Places; Transitions. 4.5 stars

The Hate Race - Maxine Beneba Clarke - a memoir. Flawless. Not a single word out of place. I'm in complete awe of Maxine Beneba Clarke. 5 stars +

The Hate Race - Maxine Beneba Clarke - a memoir. Flawless. Not a single word out of place. I'm in complete awe of Maxine Beneba Clarke. 5 stars +

Wabi Sabi - Mark Reibstein - a picture book of poetry. Wabi Sabi, a Kyoto cat, has never thought about the meaning of her name until visitors make the enquiry. This leads Wabi Sabi on a journey of understanding. A delicate treasure of Zen storytelling, beautifully illustrated with collages and peppered with haiku. I borrowed this from the library but love it so much I think I'll buy a copy for myself. 5 stars.

Wabi Sabi - Mark Reibstein - a picture book of poetry. Wabi Sabi, a Kyoto cat, has never thought about the meaning of her name until visitors make the enquiry. This leads Wabi Sabi on a journey of understanding. A delicate treasure of Zen storytelling, beautifully illustrated with collages and peppered with haiku. I borrowed this from the library but love it so much I think I'll buy a copy for myself. 5 stars.

Stasiland - Anna Funder - set in Europe (HSC marking)

Stasiland - Anna Funder - set in Europe (HSC marking)

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald - a book about natural history. Beautifully written but required a great deal of concentration - a very interrogative book.

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald - a book about natural history. Beautifully written but required a great deal of concentration - a very interrogative book.

Soon : The Felix and Zelda Series : Book 5 - Morris Gleitzman - historical fiction. Another wonderful book in the Felix "family" of books. 5 star kids lit.

Soon : The Felix and Zelda Series : Book 5 - Morris Gleitzman - historical fiction. Another wonderful book in the Felix "family" of books. 5 star kids lit.

Blue Dog - book with a blue cover. Absolutely delightful! Thank you Louis de Bernieres. 5 stars.

Blue Dog - book with a blue cover. Absolutely delightful! Thank you Louis de Bernieres. 5 stars.

The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa - a book translated to English. A very gentle read about the relationship between a mathematics professor with an 80 minute memory, his housekeeper and her 10-year-old son. 4 stars.

The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa - a book translated to English. A very gentle read about the relationship between a mathematics professor with an 80 minute memory, his housekeeper and her 10-year-old son. 4 stars.

LaRose - Louise Erdrich - first book I saw in a bookstore   The story opens with Landreux Iron's accidental shooting of his neighbour's five year old son. Calling on the customs of their American Indian traditions, he and his wife give their own son, LaRose, to their grief stricken neighbours. The boy becomes a linchpin between the two families. A poignant story of healing that manages to avoid hokey. 5 stars.

LaRose - Louise Erdrich - first book I saw in a bookstore The story opens with Landreux Iron's accidental shooting of his neighbour's five year old son. Calling on the customs of their American Indian traditions, he and his wife give their own son, LaRose, to their grief stricken neighbours. The boy becomes a linchpin between the two families. A poignant story of healing that manages to avoid hokey. 5 stars.

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