It’s only a week till I blast off with Russ the Bus into Newcastle and Gosford.
Wooo hoo! I can’t wait!
I’m really looking forward to meeting hundreds of kids and teachers and having a fantabulous time!
It’s also only five weeks till Christmas (!!!???!!!)
If you’re wondering how to give the gift that keeps on giving, give a book to a child you love.
And if you need some book suggestions, I humbly (not so humbly? :-)) present two recent reviews, below. (Want more book recommendations for kids? Check out this amazing event at the State Library of WA.)
Writers spend a lot of time alone in our own heads. We’re always wondering if what we’re writing will ever be read, or liked, or used to help inspire readers to live bigger, braver, more informed lives.
So THANK YOU to all of you who take the time to review our work and help get our stories and ideas into the hands of the young people we write them for.
YOU ARE ALL LOVELY!
And now, on with the book reviews… 🙂
Zeroes & Ones (2018)
In Magpies magazine
Despite its catchy title and attractive cover featuring a squat, colourful, friendly robot, it is the subtitle The geeks, heroes and hackers who changed history that really best sum up this remarkable and timely book.
Within its five detailed chapters, information is fed to the reader in a series of compact, information-rich fact boxes, with the author’s amusing, hip writing style being sure to resonate with young, switched-on readers.
She reminds them that this is their future and encourages and challenges them to decide how they are going to carry on the digital revolution which they will inherit.
It introduces and outlines the motivations of all the major players to date (e.g. Turing, Jobs, Assange, Zuckerberg, etc.) but more importantly explains how and why the inventions and computer advances which have developed in the last few decades have grown into the overarching behemoth of technology which we all share today.
The unusual combination of colours (black writing of difference sizes and fonts presented on alternating white and yellow background) is striking, and the few illustrations of photographs which accompany the text serve mainly to break up the information and occasionally to simply clarify.
Readership? As well as the obvious group—upper primary and lower secondary readers of both sexes—I would recommend this captivating book to everyone who has held a digital device of any kind in the past twenty years!
This intriguingly delightful book is utterly absorbing—and every so slightly scary!
Off The Track (2018)
In Kids Book Review
Harry thinks he’s in for the worst weekend ever when he has to go hiking and camping. No phone to play with?!
Little does he know of the fun, scary, crazy adventure that awaits!
This is a funny and informative story about getting away from it all.
Kids Book Review
Thank you!!!! And wish me luck with Russ the Bus!