Reviews

Books available for review

Notes for reviewers

Geoffrey Blainey: Writer, Historian, Controversialist
By Richard Allsop

2019
Monash University Publishing
304 pages

Reviewed by Sophia Marsden-Smith
Williamstown High School

Slow Catastrophes: Living with Drought in Australia
By Rebecca Jones

2017
Monash University Publishing
352 pages

Reviewed by Bill Lewis
Haileybury College

The Dam
by David Almond

2018
Sydney
Walker Studio
Hardback
32 pages

Reviewed by Ingrid Perkins
St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

The Good Son: A Story from the First World War, Told in Miniature
By Pierre-Jacques Ober

2019
Sydney
Candlewick Studio
Hardback
104 pages

Reviewed by Ingrid Perkins
St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

Donkeys Can’t Fly on Planes

2012
Melbourne
Kids’ Own Publishing
53 pages

Reviewed by Alicia Dodd
Salesian College, Sunbury

Geelong’s Changing Landscape: Ecology, Development and Conservation
by David Jones and Phillip Roös (Eds.)

2019
Melbourne
CSIRO Publishing
Paperback
344 pages

Reviewed by Katrina Burge

Fighting the Kaiser Reich: Australia’s Epic Within the Great War
by Bruce Gaunson

2018
Melbourne
Hybrid Publishers
Paperback
526 pages

Reviewed by Mary Fisher
Modbury High School

Convict Colony
by David Hill

2019
Allen & Unwin
368 pages

Reviewed by Jane Herbert
Mansfield Secondary College

Living on Stolen Land
by Ambelin Kwaymullina

2020
Broome, Western Australia
Magabala Books
Flexibound
63 pages

Reviewed by Alexandra Pierce
Brunswick Secondary College

One Careless Night
by Christina Booth

2019
Sydney
Black Dog Books
Hardback
40 pages

Reviewed by Ingrid Perkins
St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

The Anzac Billy
by Claire Saxby

2019
Sydney
Black Dog Books
Hardback
32 pages

Reviewed by Ingrid Perkins
St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

Mallee Country: Land, People, History
by Richard Broome, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor and Katie Holmes

2020
Melbourne
Monash University Publishing
415 pages

Reviewed by Kara Taylor
Irymple Secondary College

Cazaly: The Legend
by Robert Allen

2017
Melbourne
Slattery Media Group
Hardback
428 pages

Reviewed by Cat Jones
Australian Sports Museum

‘A Secondary Education for All’? A History of State Secondary Schooling in Victoria
by John Andrews and Deborah Towns

2017
Melbourne
Australian Scholarly Publishing
Paperback
394 pages

Reviewed by Jo Dryden
St Mary of the Angels

Committed to Learning: A History of Education at The University of Melbourne
by Juliet Flesch

2017
Melbourne
The Miegunyah Press
Hardback
400 pages

Reviewed by Sophia Marsden-Smith
Williamstown High School

Let My People Go: The Untold Story of the
Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959–89

by Sam Lipski and Suzanne D. Rutland

2015
Melbourne
Hybrid Publishers
Paperback
296 pages

Reviewed by Sophia Marsden-Smith
Williamstown High School

Digging Up a Village: A Book about Archaeology
by David Frankel

2019
Melbourne
Paperback, 52 pages
Illustrations

Reviewed by Stephen Frigo
Luther College, Croydon

Dominion: The History
of England, Volume 5

by Peter Ackroyd

2018
New York
Thomas Dunne Books
Paperback, x + 387 pages
Illustrations, plates

Reviewed by Ingrid Perkins
Ballarat High School, Ballarat

How Australia Led the Way:
Dora Meeson Coates and British
Suffrage

by Myra Scott

2018
Arcadia
Melbourne
Illustrations, portraits
Revised edition
Paperback, xvii + 120 pages

Reviewed by Michael J. Adcock
Melbourne Grammar School, Melbourne

Teaching resource: Dora Meeson
(Word document)

Questions I Am Asked About the
Holocaust

by Heidi Fried
Translated by Alice E. Olsson

2019
Melbourne
Scribe
Hardback, 160 pages

Reviewed by Ellen Langmead
Caulfield Grammar School, Caulfield

Sgt Carroll’s War
by Mike Irwin

2018
Melbourne
Paperback, x + 90 pages
Illustrations, portraits, maps

Turkish Private
Ryan: Canakkale's Anzac Hero

by John Gillam and Yvonne
Fletcher
Illustrations by Lillian Webb

2018
East Maitland, New South Wales
Legends and Lessons
Paperback, 51 pages
Illustrations, portraits

Reviewed by Lauren Sullivan
Caulfield Grammar School, Caulfield

Someone Else’s War
by John Connor

2018
London
I.B Tauris
Hardback, 360 pages
B&W illustrations; map

Reviewed by Shaun Silcock
HTAV

Waves: For Those Who Come Across the Sea
by Donna Rawlins
Ilustrations by Mark Jackson and Heather Potter

2019
Melbourne
Picture book, 33 pages
Illustrations

Reviewed by Katie O’Connell
Sunshine College, Sunshine

The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives
Edited by Ian D. Clark and Fred Cahir

2016
CSIRO Publishing
Melbourne
Paperback, 336 pages
Illustrations, photographs
RRP $49.95

Reviewed by Rachel Towns
St John's Regional College, Dandenong

Historical Thinking for History Teachers: A New Approach to Engaging Students and Developing Historical Consciousness
Edited by Tim Allender, Anna Clark and Robert Parkes

2019
Allen & Unwin
Crows Nest, New South Wales
Paperback, 352 pages
RRP $59.99

Reviewed by Ashley Pratt
Melbourne Girls Grammar School, Melbourne

Respectable Radicals: A History of the National Council of Women of Australia 1896–2006
by Marian Quartly and Judith Smart

2015
Monash University Publishing
Clayton, VIC
Paperback, 497 pages
Illustrations, plates, portraits
RRP $39.95

Reviewed by Linda Wade
All Hallows' School, Brisbane

Book cover for Me Write Myself

‘Me Write Myself’: The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen’s Land at Wybalenna, 1832–47
by Leonie Stevens

2017
Monash University Publishing
Clayton, VIC
Paperback, 356 pages
Maps
RRP $29.95

Reviewed by Linda Wade
All Hallows’ School, Brisbane

The Debatable Land
by Graham Robb

2018
Picador
London
Hardback, 334 pages
Colour & BW illustrations, maps
RRP $36.99

Reviewed by Elizabeth Renton
Laverton P–12 College, Laverton

You'll Be Sorry: How World War II Changed Women's Lives
by Ann Howard

2016
Big Sky Publishing
Warriewood NSW
Paperback, 370 pages
B/W maps and images
RRP $29.99

Reviewed by Elizabeth Morgan
Girton Grammar School, Bendigo

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors
by Bain Attwood

2017
Monash University Publishing
Clayton, VIC
Paperback, 272 pages
Illustrations, maps, portraits
RRP $29.95

Reviewed by Kara Taylor
Irymple Secondary College


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