2016

The Other Mother – Kelly Chandler

I went into “The Other Mother” with dubious expectations. The book doesn’t seem like something we’d want/need to stock at Three Four Knock on the Door (or something I’d be likely to pick up for my person interest). Add to that, I’m the “original” mother. And on top of that, I’ve got a mound of […]

Beautiful Failures – Lucky Clark

This book is revolutionary. Forget Mao’s Little Red Book or Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Just pick up Lucy Clark’s “Beautiful Failures.” Every parent, every teacher and every principal should read this book. Our education system is broken and it is failing OUR children. It needs to change. Our expectations need to change. How we measure success […]

Dear Charlie – N.D Gomes (14+)

Every week (or so it seems) we hear about another mass shooting. We easily empathise with the families of those killed, we pray for them and we want answers. But what about the family of the person that did it? We either ignore them or blame them. Is that fair? “Dear Charlie” explores the aftermath […]

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy (14+)

I loved this book. More than that, I connected with it. The main character fights to remain true to herself and she does it with amazing courage and sense of humour. Reflecting on my teenage years I wish that I had been more like her. It doesn’t state her weight and lets you determine what […]

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (12+)

Reading this book is like snuggling up in bed on a cold day with your quilt wrapped around you and a bar of your favourite chocolate in your hand. Patrick Ness has never disappointed me and this book is no exception.  Mystery, intrigue, relationships, real life, teenage angst with the smallest sprinkling of mushy stuff. […]

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson (14+)

Danielle (sister) and Michael (our rep from Walker Books) insisted I read “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson. It’s not my usual reading fodder (I leave the sappy chic type books for Danielle). Murder? Mystery? Sci Fi? Something odd? I’m your girl. But they INSISTED! It made me cry. It made me get […]

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – Teresa Toten (13+)

I cried. Real tears. I loled. Actual laughter.  I couldn’t put it down. I knew going in that this book was a recommended read about mental health issues.  However, although OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder, of which anxiety is the root cause) is central to almost all the main characters, it’s really just a backdrop to […]