Kids' Picks

We love having kids and teenagers reviewing the awesome books they are currently reading. We are looking for more reviewers to send us their reviews and read new releases. If this sounds like something you are interested in then feel free to contact Dymocks Busselton. 

A Clock of Stars

After reading countless fantasy-adventures, I was expecting quite the traditional narnia-like story. However, A Clock of Stars has a refreshingly original plot, and, combined with Francesca Gibbon’s extraordinary storytelling, it had me reading for hours on end, as I’m sure you will be too. I discovered so much depth in protagonists Imogen, Marie and Miro’s personalities. Following the characters on the physical journey was incredibly exciting, but even more, I loved seeing them discover who they were along the way. Those in search of a magical, scary and charming adventure: this is the book for you! - Lucy

Everybody wants to have an adventure, and that is exactly what Imogen plans to do.  When she sees a silver moth leading her towards a door in a tree, her adventurous side kicks in.  Followed by her younger sister, Marie, her entire life is about to change.  Spoilt Princes, monsters and evil queens are only a few of the things they will encounter and barely survive.  Will their quest to find home be successful, or will they be stuck in this mysterious land forever? If you enjoyed The Land of Stories series, you’ll love A clock of stars! - Grace

Friend is foe, monster is hero and queen is wicked... all of this stars in the novel 'The Clock of Stars'. While reading this book I was always unsure of what the next chapter would hold; which is what I love. I enjoyed how the author made the characters imperfect in their own ways. These weaknesses pushed the heroes to glory and villains to their demise. - Tessa

The Grandest Bookshop in the World

The Grandest Bookshop in the World is such a brilliant, whimsical book. The characters are addictive, the plot unfolds layer upon layer, and the narration is so vibrant that you will feel as though Cole’s Book Arcade is sitting right in front of you. It is incredible to see a children’s book discuss such big themes, and still provide the reader with a magical experience. Day-brightening, gripping, laughter-inducing, heart-warming, exhilarating - I don’t think I’ll ever run out of words to describe the adventure Vally and Pearl will take you on. I can’t recommend this book enough. - Lucy

Hawk

Every page brings new excitement and exhilaration. The characters are beautiful yet still imperfect which gives them so much depth. This book has everything from fantasy to unbelievable fight scenes to a little bit of romance. The strength and pure power that the author, James Patterson, has put into the characters and the storyline makes it captivating and compelling. In the books, they are described as freaks but to readers, they are true heroes. - Tessa

We Are Wolves

I really liked We Are Wolves because it is an interesting and also sad story about war and losing loved ones. Otto reminds me a lot of my little brother; cheeky, naughty and sometimes a little bit crazy. I highly recommend this book for children from ages 10-14 which is why I give this book 4 and ½ stars. - Ruaridh

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday is a fantastic novel that explores the scary and realistic journey that Ruby has to struggle through and try and find a way to overcome it. For as long as she has known, Ruby has been in love with Joey Milano,, while hiding her singing from the world. But one night everything changes. Exposing her singing and heart was a big mistake, but will she find the friendship and happiness she needs to mend her heart and voice? This book is amazing and awesome for ages 12/13+ - Grace

The Unexplainable Disappearance

of Mars Patel

I really liked The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel. It's an adventure story about friends searching for lost friends. It was funny and I could easily relate Mars to some of my friends because he was adventurous and a bit naughty. The only disappointment would be that I think that the end was a bit rushed. I think that it is a good read and I would recommend it for people 9+ years old. I would give it 4 and a half stars. - Elliot

The Unadoptables

The Unadoptables is a beautifully written book. The five main characters have an uncertain past, being orphans; however, they build a certain future together. I loved the heart-warming characters and the descriptive world portrayed by Hana Tooke. This novel has the perfect balance of imagination and reality, as well as a little bit of magic. - Tessa

The Year The Maps Changed

Set in 1999, The Year the Maps Changed tells the story of Fred, a young Australian girl who watches a group of refugees from Kosovo settle into her town. A touching tale about kindness, acceptance and family, this book is for lovers of Katya Balen, Kimberly Bradley and Karen Foxlee. Superb! - Lucy

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Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer has written a novel that is part spy story part fairytale and is totally excellent. Artemis is a teen mastermind who has messed with the wrong fairy... he tried to kidnap her because it turns out, fairies are REALLY rich. The story is fast paced and keeps you wanting to know what will happen next! If you liked The Recruit or The Bad Beginning you will like this. - Tamara

And stay tuned as this fantastic book has just been turned into a film!

Whisper and Weapon series

Lynette Noni has done it yet again. Whisper and Weapon smashed any predictability to pieces and had me raving about it to my friends for weeks. This incredible series is full of laughing fits, tears and plot twists upon plot twists. I could not recommend it more. - Lucy

The Lost Stone of SkyCity

Sunaya is the kind of fiesty, strong willed female protagonist I love reading about! Perfect for fantasy lovers, we follow Sunaya as she's taken from her mundane village by the mystical ice people. Forming an unlikely friendship with the initially cold and prickly prince, Praseep. Full of fascinating characters, magic and fast-paced dialogue, this book is exactly what I would have loved at age 10-12 - Jaimee

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

"You think you'd know what a killer sounds like." Pippa Fitz-Amobi is back and she's just released her new podcast on her latest investigation, following the tragic death of Andie Bell and Sal Singh. However, she decides she's never going to do an investigation again, for it brought her only sorrow and misery. But will she fulfil this promise to herself when someone close to her goes missing and the police won't look into it? This book is perfect for fans of the One of us is Lying series. Just like book 1 (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder), Good Girl, Bad Blood will have you hanging on the edge of your seat and dying to know more! - Grace

Worse Things

Although I may be biased (I’m a massive Sally Murphy fan!), Worse Things is an incredible read. Following three teens as they overcome their personal struggles, this book is inspirational and bittersweet with a positive moral message woven throughout. - Lucy

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Forgotten Tale

Here it is! The sequel to Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day did not disappoint. A whimsical tale that captures the first book’s magical feel with a whole new adventure, book two was a fun-filled story that ended with a fantastic message. Number three please! - Lucy

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