This month Dean reviews
The Easy Way Out
Steven Amsterdam

A strong, topical read! The Easy Way Out takes a look at assisted dying through a unique perspective and from the very first page I knew that this was going to be a captivating read. Amsterdam writes with a depth, flow and strength that makes for a moving, moreish read. Even is a nurse reluctant to open up to anyone in his life until he works as an assistant to those who are dying. When he is confronted by his own mother's disintegration, it is interesting to see his emotions become exposed. This book will make you question your own views on mortality, life and the legality surrounding assisted dying. A must-read from an Aussie talent!



 Our Kids Book of the Month

Ada Twist, Scientist

Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

Ada Twist, Scientist, from powerhouse team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion.
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source.
Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.


Australian Fiction  
The Paper House
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The Healing Party
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The Ties That Bind
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The Last Days of Ava Langdon
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Our Young Man
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The Bones of Grace
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Hotels of North America: A Novel
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Young Adult  
The Book of Pearl
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Whisper to Me
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The Bombs That Brought Us Together
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Bad Apple
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Children's Books  
The House on Hummingbird Island
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Super Good Skills (Almost)
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The World's Worst Children
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Jessica's Ghost
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Savage Salads: Fierce Flavours, Filling Power-Ups
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K-Food: Korean Home Cooking and Street Food
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Kitchen Garden Companion: Growing
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Quick and Easy Spanish Recipes
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Speaking Out: A 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls
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Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane
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The Prison Book Club
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Dear World, How are You?
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