Reviews: Books and Magazines


Cross My Heart by James Patterson

Cross My Heart review

Cross My Heart is a great read by a great author. There are two unrelated stories woven together that are both edgy and keep you wondering how they will relate to each other.

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My New Zealand Story: Lighthouse Family; Coastal NZ 1941-42

The Lighthouse Family review

Lighthouse Family by Wellington author Phillipa Werry is one of the young adult NZ story series. This story offers a snap shot into the life of a fourteen year old living with her family as part of a lighthouse community off the coast of New Zealand from 1941-42.

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Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

stay where you are then leave review

From the author who wrote The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is the story of five year old Alfie Summerfield and how the outbreak of war in 1914 affects his family and neighbours.

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Wolf and Dog


Wolf and Dog are cousins.
Wolf is wild and Dog is tame.
Wolf lives in a forest on top of a hill.
Dog doesn’t. Dog has a basket. And a boss.

This is the story of Wolf and Dog and their adventures.

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Sophie Gray – Fill the Tins


If you read my review of Sophie Gray’s last book – Feed the Family for $15 or Less- you will know that I was deeply disappointed that Gray didn’t include any baking recipes in the book. Well, this book certainly rectifies that! A whole book of delicious, vintage-Gray recipes! Yippee!! Fill the Tins is a baking book you’re going to need in your cupboard!

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Dappled Annie and the Tigrish


There are faces in the hedge at the end of the garden, and a nest of tiny fantails, and that’s where 9-year-old Annie goes to play one hot summer while her father works up at the lighthouse. It’s there that she discovers hedges that walk and a Tigrish.

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David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

underdogs misfits

Malcolm Gladwell is renowned for his earlier works “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers” and his latest offering doesn’t disappoint – David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. Gladwell is a skilled storyteller: weaving numbers with anecdotes to challenge the way you think about how the world operates.

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The Chronicles of Narmo

chronicles narmo review

Fifteen-year-old Morag Narmo really doesn’t want to go to school any more. She and her siblings would rather feed their heads into the waste-disposal unit than “do the academical”. So they are all stunned when their parents whisk them out of school and embark on a home-schooling experiment. But with five children, two unruly pets and some extremely eccentric attitudes, the educational experiment soon descends into chaos…

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A Good Baking Day


Sometimes I have the good fortune to review some really cool books – and they are not necessarily ones that I would have chosen. This is one of those. A Good Baking Day is a fantastic collection of 500 recipes from the good women of Rural Woman of New Zealand.

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Rosie to the Rescue


After a lot of rain, there is a problem on the farm. How can the farmer get his milk into town? Well, it’s Rosie to the Rescue of course! This book written by Kyle Mewburn is the tale of a heroic cow and her friends who help her along the way.

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