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Book club set 176: My year of living vulnerably / Rick Morton.
Author: Morton, Rick, (Journalist), author.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2021.
Review by: KAL  on: 30/04/2022 12:04:55 PM
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This title was a roller coaster of a read with moments of genuine insight and grace. However the Between the Lines Book Club found the book disjointed and full of studies that were used to support the author's reflections. The group didn't feel that the title reflected what they had anticipated. We look forward to other book club reviews.
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Jemima's surprise / Debbie Brooker.
Author: Brooker, Debbie, author, illustrator.
Publisher: Underwood : InHouse Publishing. -- [Australia] : InHouse Publishing. 2020.
Review by: debbrooker  on: 28/04/2022 6:07:36 AM
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Joyful book
Jacqui on Mar 23 2021
A review of Jemima's Surprise
My 6 year old daughter Penelope picked up your book 'Jemima's Surprise' at the library recently and we read it together for the first time today. We live in Mackay too so it's the season for sunbird nests but I thought it was amazing how just last week we've been watching our resident sunbirds make a nest on our washing line. Then yesterday one of the eggs fell out and broke. We also have a hibiscus tree next to the washing line and I often find myself watching these beautiful birds going about their duties.
Thank you for writing such a lovely book that my children can now relate to! I'll be looking to purchase it as a reminder of our own little sunbirds
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Flowers for Penny / Debbie Brooker.
Author: Brooker, Debbie, author, illustrator.
Publisher: Underwood : InHouse Publishing, 2018. -- [Underwood Queensland] : Debbie Brooker and InHouse Publishing, [2018] -- �2018.
Review by: debbrooker  on: 28/04/2022 6:06:02 AM
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Three Cheers for Mrs Jones
Susan Galletly on Dec 01 2018
A charming book on the gentle wonder and power of supportive relationships.
A powerful read. Wonderful illustrations complement the text delightfully evoking for all of us fond memories of our own childhood our own Mrs Jones experiences and the gentle nurturing we too received.
Three cheers for Mrs Jones!
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Too many words / Debbie Brooker.
Author: Brooker, Debbie, author, illustrator.
Publisher: Underwood : InHouse Publishing. -- [Underwood Queensland] : Debbie Brooker and InHouse Publishing, [2019]
Review by: debbrooker  on: 28/04/2022 6:04:31 AM
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All in all a great book!
Susan Galletly PhD Speech-Language Pathologist Teacher CQU Postdoctoral Fellow on Dec 30 2019
Debbie has worlds of experience about the challenges children face. She writes with charm and wisdom.
Too Many Words is a terrific book.
While a joy for all kids and families teachers and speech language pathologists will particularly love this book and find it a powerful teaching tool.
So many children today struggle with pragmatics the unwritten rules of social interaction. While Too Many Words focuses specifically on Annabelles dilemma of talking too much and listening too little the story is delightfully open enabling conversation to lead into many other areas - being too loud too tactless too lacking in empathy for example and not least the use of figurative language which so many children struggle with. After all might the world really run out of words if Annabelle uses too many of them
All in all a great book!
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Thoughts are free : (Die Gedanken Sind Frei) / Debbie Brooker.
Author: Brooker, Debbie, author, illustrator.
Publisher: Brisbane, QLD : Debbie Brooker, 2021.
Review by: debbrooker  on: 28/04/2022 6:01:13 AM
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A tale of making connections.
Ally B. on Sep 13 2021
Thoughts are Free is a new novella from Debbie Brooker Author and available now in store! We know Debbie as a children's author however in this book she writes for a much older audience. I thoroughly related to it as an adult but there was something here that definitely rang of a young adult audience and I would certainly have recommended this story to my teenage readers when I was teaching secondary school English. This is the first novel I have read that introduces Covid-19 to the plot but this is not a story about the pandemic - it does though give it a very contemporary feel and is very relatable. In this short novel Debbie takes us through a number of decades and manages to capture the feel of each period despite its short length. A tale of making connections across the globe and exploring similar life experiences in very different political social and cultural circumstances. Debbie's writing both here and in her children's books invites us to explore big ideas in an approachable concise and always relevant context. Thank you for sharing this one with us Debbie!
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Book club set 30: The island of missing trees / Elif Shafak.
Author: Shafak, Elif, 1971-, author.
Publisher: [London] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2021.
Review by: KAL  on: 1/04/2022 11:41:36 AM
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Between the Lines Book Club - Refreshing read that held the readers attention coming back for more. While the books structure was at time a challenge the end result was worth the time in this fantastic read.
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No one left behind / Keith Payne VC with Tony Park ; [foreword by Mark Donaldson VC].
Author: Payne, Keith, 1933- author. -- Park, Tony, 1964-, author. -- Donaldson, Mark, 1979- writer of foreword.
Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales : Macmillan, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2021.
Review by: mpace  on: 30/03/2022 2:28:14 PM
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One of the best things I have ever read from any and all book category.
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Troubletwisters / Garth Nix & Sean Williams.
Author: Nix, Garth, 1963-, author. -- Williams, Sean, 1967-
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.
Review by: Bibb, Jayden Master  on: 24/09/2021 10:49:23 AM
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Good story. An amazing fictional read.
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The ring / Danielle Steele.
Author: Steel, Danielle, 1947-, author
Publisher: London : Sphere, 2009. -- ©1980
Review by: Hayes, Heather Ms  on: 26/07/2021 2:32:17 PM
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July 2021 I've read about 40 Danielle Steel's books and this book has been the very best that I've read A pleasant surprise Couldn't wait to read what happened next.
It brought tears to my eyes on quite a few occasions and moments of 'oh no or wow' Magical writing Danielle.
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In praise of veg : a modern kitchen companion / Alice Zaslavsky ; [photographer, Ben Dearnley ; illustrator, Vera Babida].
Author: Zaslavsky, Alice, author. -- Dearnley, Ben, photographer. -- Babida, Vera, illustrator.
Publisher: Crows Nest, NSW : Murdoch Books Australia, 2020.
Review by: rfc68  on: 14/04/2021 10:47:52 AM
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Fantastic cookbook for vegetable eaters. Alice makes cooking vegetable so much fun. Well deserving of the acknowledgment by ABIA in being selected and shortlisted for the award.
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