Genre: Middle Grade

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Jul 03
Missing, Presumed Evil by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Missing, Presumed Evil by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Reviews 0 ★★★★

We're back with Jack and Jaide for their darkest and most dangerous adventure yet. Missing, Presumed Evil is still full of wit and humour, but there's a definite dark tinge to everything that happens, signalling how far the twins have come since we met them.

This book begins with a letter that almost strangles Jack in its eagerness to be read: Grandma X’s sister is still alive in the realm of The Evil, asking for a rescue. An exciting adventure follows, with our twin protagonists Jack and Jaide beginning a series of Examinations that will bring them closer to being...

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May 26
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell

Reviews 2 ★★★★½

This beautifully written story is perfect for readers just entering their teens, or for those who want to relive the metamorphosis from child to something else. I think The Castle Behind Thorns will ensnare all who pick it up, and can’t really recommend it enough.

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May 08
The Monster by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

The Monster by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Reviews 0 ★★★

I think this series is improving: the action is better in this instalment, and the story flows more smoothly. The main premise behind The Monster is intriguing, and it’s definitely executed better than Troubletwisters, but I would have liked to see a discussion of the nature of The Evil and why…

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May 07
Troubletwisters by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Troubletwisters by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Reviews 2 ★★½

I’m not in the target audience for this book, so I’m going to try to review this in terms of how I would have liked it when I was (a little) younger. I think Troubletwisters can be summed up rather quickly as simple – simple in plot, characterisation, language and…

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