Macca Dacca

By Chris Maher Part of the Highlights series: original works of fiction aimed at students aged 10-15 years who are reading below level, supported by full-colour manga-style illustrations. Buy from Blake    

Alien Doctor

By Chris Maher Alien Doctor is the third book in a speculative fiction series for upper primary and lower high school readers. The series is Hi-Lo Fiction, using simple language but concepts of interest to older readers. This story looks at the issues of inclusiveness...

PHILIP PULLMAN The Secret Commonwealth

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books The new series from the author of the bestselling His Dark Materials continues in The Secret Commonwealth. For young adults, breaking up with a lover who seems to know your inner thoughts is a heart-wrenching...

BECKY CHAMBERS The Long Way to a Small

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books Becky Chambers assembles an intriguing cast of species in a spacecraft on a mission into deep space. Compared in its publicity to cult TV sci-fi show Firefly, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is both more...

BEN H WINTERS Underground Airlines.

Reviewed by Chris Maher Review at Newtown Review of Books Underground Airlines is set in modern day USA – basically the same except for one overwhelming difference: the Civil War never happened, and slavery still exists. This novel is quite a feat.Ben H Winters has...