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Kids' Picks

We love having kids and teenagers reviewing the 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. 

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The novel Amari and the Night Brothers follows the magical life of a young girl called Amari. She is so pure, courageous and unstoppable - even though everything about her is practically illegal. I highly suggest this book if you are looking for a fantasy-filled world to explore. - Tessa

Amari and the Night Brothers | B.B Alston

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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

We Are Wolves | Katrina Nannestad

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Waiting for the Storks | Katrina Nannestad

I had no idea that the Nazi's atrocities included stealing thousands of Polish children who fitted their Aryan ideals, forcing them to live as Germans. In Waiting for the Storks, funny, blonde, blue-eyed Zofia is torn from her loving family to become a 'good German girl'. She bravely resists, but is terrorised into submission. Desperate for love and safety, Zofia starts a new life with a Nazi doctor's family and represses all memories of her origins, until she meets a slave boy who helps her out of her 'fairy-tale world'. Heartbreaking and memorable, this is a worthy follow-up to We Are Wolves and Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief.

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Tiger Daughter | Rebecca Lim

Tiger Daughter is an unforgettable story of family, friendship and finding your voice. This book is a gem; it is jam packed full of moments of unbearable tension and characters that are so complex and vivid that you will never forget them. This book reveals the struggles Asian Australians, immigrants and refugees go through to get by in life. It is a wonderful and heartfelt story that conveys the determination it takes to get through the hard times in life. It is truly an amazing read that will bring a smile to your face. - Tiana (15)

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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

The Grandest Bookshop in the World | Amelia Mellor

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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

A Clock of Stars Series | Francesca Gibbons

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Good Girl's Guide to Murder Series | 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. This series will have you hanging on the edge of your seat and dying to know more! - Grace

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Artemis Fowl | Eoin Colfer

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

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Whisper and Weapon | Lynette Noni

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


Worse Things | Sally Murphy

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

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