#CBCA review: Three mini book reviews for the price of one blog post!

October CBCA reviews

So it’s been a bit of a hectic month in my neck of the woods to say the least! Which means, I should have posted this MUCH earlier than this! So without much further do, here are the mini-reviews:

Cell 7

A dystopian YA set in the future, where death makes for the best reality TV. Martha stands accused of murder, and over the course of 7 days moves from one cell to the next, until on day 7, she reaches her execution… unless the public votes for her not to. Martha, however, has her own agenda and is willing to die for it. Check out the rest of my review here.

And now for something entirely different:

Squishy Taylor and the Tunnel of Doom

I can’t tell you how excited I was to read this book and realise that Squishy, was actually Sita, a young Indian girl who has a blended family. She’s clearly the Indiana Jones of the family, venturing into a Tunnel of Doom to save the Yarra River from pollution. Besides the utter fun of that, this is a story that celebrates diverse characters and a diverse, blended family. My full review is here.

The Apprentice Witch

Arianwyn is a witch who has just flunked her witch’s evaluation and is sent off to a remote outpost to learn how to be a better witch and to take her evaluation again at a later date. From that beginning, comes a story about perseverance and belonging, and how much we all want to be friends with the popular girl, or witch in this regard. It’s a delightful story, filled with magic and the kind of lesson you don’t mind learning if it comes wrapped in a package like this. And here is my review!

What do you think? I’m still in love with Squishy and plan to show it to my nephews and nieces — I want them both to see a kid the same colour as them on the cover of a book!


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