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2011 CBCA Shortlist Books – reviews

Posted by Lisa Hill on August 2, 2011


Lately, I’ve been putting my reviews on GoodReads, because it helps to promote Australian children’s literature to an international audience.

These are my reviews of the 2011 CBCA Shortlisted chapter books.  Click here to see which categories they’re in.

Click the links to see the reviews; click the book cover image or the title to buy the book from Fishpond.

Henry Hoey HobsonAuthor: Christine Bongers
Title: Henry Hoey Hobson
Publisher: Woolshed Press, Random House 2010
ISBN: 9781864719956
My review at GoodReads is here.
This is one of my picks for the Book of the Year Award.

The Red Wind (Kingdom of the Lost)Author: Isabelle Carmody
Title: The Red Wind (Kingdom of the Lost)
Publisher: Viking Australia
ISBN: 9780670074037

My review at GoodReads is here.
Just a DogAuthor: Michael Gerard Bauer
Title: Just a Dog
Publisher: Omnibus 2010
ISBN: 9781862918870

My review at GoodReads is here
I loved this book and I think it would be a winner (and not just because I’m soppy about dogs).
Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot Author: Anna Branford
Illustrator: Sarah Davis
Title: Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot
Publisher: Walker Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781921529177

My review at GoodReads is here.  I picked this as a winner too.

Toppling
Author: Sally Murphy
Illustrator: Rian Nest James
Title: Toppling
Publisher: Walker Books 2010
ISBN: 9781921529429
My review at GoodReads is here.

The Deep End (Aussie Nibbles)Author: Ursula Dubosarsky
Title: The Deep End (Aussie Nibbles)
Publisher: Puffin 2010
ISBN: 9780143305279

My review at GoodReads is here.

BTW You will notice as you read through the reviews that I’ve tagged more than one of them as ‘my pick for the winner’.  Truth is, I really can’t decide, they’re all so good!

2 Responses to “2011 CBCA Shortlist Books – reviews”

  1. […] *Links to my thoughts about these children’s books are on my professional blog. Click here. […]

  2. […] The Children’s Book – Mary Ryan’s Award went to Michael Gerard Bauer for Just a Dog, which is an impressive junior novel.  A link to my review is here. […]

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