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(how a ship load of convicts survived the wreck of the “Hive” to make a new life in Australia.)

This is an intensely researched history of early Australian settlement, focussing on a group of Irish convicts.  The 250 Irish prisoners, who were transported to New South Wales in 1835, were shipwrecked off the coast of Booderee National Park, New South Wales.  All the convicts survived, and were escorted to the Colony by Aboriginal people.

Although this is billed as the first book in a Fantasy Series for 7-12 year olds, it’s a great read for anyone who loves Fantasy Sci-Fi, as it holds the interest right up until the final word, something that is not always achievable and while definitely Fantasy, could almost be believable.  Well almost!

Cole and his friends are having a high old time of it at Halloween, but somehow something goes wrong, but how wrong, Cole is yet to find out.

Numbers, numbers, numbers, say that to most kids and they will freak out. If you are a teacher you will know the truth of that statement. But here Liz Strachan in her “Numbers are Forever”, has shown us what every reasonable teacher can do to take the drudgery out of teaching maths and put a lot of effervescence into it. I tried this out on a group of year 5s last week and they loved it.

First loves can sometimes last a lifetime and by doing so colour all the hours of the days in the years that are to follow.

When Grace Hamblin, daughter of the head gardener and beekeeper,  falls in love with Rufus Duncliffe, son of Lord and lady Penselwood little did she know where it would lead as she was only fourteen and dazzled by his raffish splendour.

This is Alafair's tenth book and it shows as she writes with clarity and certainty, which can be difficult when dealing with many characters and murders. The clues are revealed and unraveled within a framework of information and planning, keeping the reader in the loop at all times. As the author was a former Deputy District Attorney, and is currently a Professor of Law, she writes with authority.

I opened this latest compilation of stories from Justin St Vincent in the middle of the book, simply because I could. The words that came immediately to view are from  the Artistic Director of the Washington Master Chorale, Thomas Colohan, ‘ When I stand in front of my chorus and hear their unified voices raised in song, I know I am hearing the very heart of compassion, the true voice of humanity’. These words struck a powerful chord.

Young Detective Lexie Rogers is back in another tantalising thriller when she and her partner Brad Sommers are called to the scene of a murder at one of the popular Sydney beaches on an chilly winters morning.

The body of a young woman has been found, beautifully laid out with her hands holding red rose.  The red rose is obviously significant but at this early stage the question is why? Why was she murdered and why was she holding the rose?

When you are having one of those days, or weeks, or months life has an habit of presenting you with from time to time, Sa Silvano has the answer, or if not the answer, along with some guidance to help you through the tough stuff.

This is an intense and tightly woven story that has layers of complexity.  The health system, hospital life, personnel and ethics are closely woven together with mystery and death.  It is very difficult to put this book down as it is so topical, blending mystery and drama with everyday hospital life.  The dilemma of aged-care, new developments of Technology to extend life and budget constraints, are all topical issues which the  author has used in a rattling good murder mystery.

When Hugh Tindall a was a lad he lived out in the backblocks of Queensland, in the Diamantina river country on a  collective of land, known then as a poor man’s selection, which was nothing but hard work to get it to produce anything. This is his and his families story of making the best out of every circumstance and reflecting back on a time in Australia's history that is no longer.

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