Raymie Nightingale – Kate DiCamillo
12th April 2016, 263 pages, 4/5 stars
Raymie Clarke has to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. If she can, her father, who ran away with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and come home. At baton-twirling class, Raymie meets Louisiana Elefante and Beverley Tapinski. The three girls slowly become friends as they realise their problems aren’t so different. Each of them achieves so much in their short time togehter – I loved all of these little girls, and adored seeing them work through their individual issues together. Kate DiCamillo has written a stunning story about how to deal with adult issues even though you shouldn’t have to! I will be devouring her other work now!
Sister Heart – Sally Morgan
13th July 2015, 250 pages, 5/5 stars
This was an absolutely divine Australian story. It is told through poetry, from the perspective of a young Aboriginal girl taken from her home and family and placed in an institution. The book depicts the struggle for an identity, and describes beautiful friendships between the children. Sally Morgan has written an AMAZING story depicting the horrors of the Stolen Generation, and its easy-to-read format introduces this part of Australian history to a young audience, like John Marsden’s The Rabbits. This book should be made compulsory for every school library.