By Anna Ciddor
Reviewed by Leila, aged 14
From cigarette lollies to hand-delivered milk, this book focuses on 1960’s Australia from the perspective of Anna, a Jewish child. It shows her experiences at school, on outings and visiting relatives. Anna and her siblings celebrate the Jewish festivals and follow the customs, all the while living a normal childhood.
An interesting book about a child’s perspective of the 1960s, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet story and wants to know more about life 50 years ago.
My Rating: 4/5
by Amy Wilson
Reviews by Izzy, aged 15 and Leila, aged 14
IZZY: After Owl turns thirteen and winter begins, she was not expecting to not only discover frost patterns on her skin, but to also find her long-lost father, but she does! As Owl makes new friends, relives memories from her Mum and is astounded to uncover that her drawings talk, Owl slowly collects more secrets and her world begins to spin.
Amy Wilson has embraced the legends and myths of magic in this book and has united the worlds of fae and human, creating new characters, settings and plots to enhance the reader’s imagination. This is a fascinating story of a young girl’s journey to find and save her father, as well as herself. An easy-read for all young readers who enjoy fantasy. Rating: 3/5
LEILA: Owl has no clue as to who her father is, not even a name. So when frost patterns start to unfurl across her skin, she can’t help but think that it may be linked to him. As she tries to unravel the mystery, Owl’s life is becoming a mess. Not only is there a new boy at school who seems to be constantly staring at her, but Owl’s best friend is needing her support now more than ever. Add in her Mum’s annoying vagueness at any mention of Owl’s father and Owl’s life is feeling like a complete mess. Could Owl’s problems get any worse?
This book shows the chaos in nature, in the seasons and in the life of a girl who finds herself caught in the middle of it. Frosty, but warm-hearted, Owl’s journey is one to be enjoyed by anyone who loves the magic of Winter. My Rating: 3.5/5