Heroic Boys


Master of disguises

Jennifer Minicus | 29 September 2014
Max's reputation for solving mysteries grows.

Witness to murder

Jennifer Minicus | 12 September 2014
Can twelve-year-old Smith uncover the murderers' motives before becoming the next victim?

Can a twelve year old save the day?

Jennifer Minicus | 20 August 2014
The real hero of fairy tales

Angels among us

Jennifer Minicus | 14 August 2014
Vero discovers he is not really human.

The boy who never grew up

Jennifer Minicus | 07 July 2014
How did Peter get to Neverland?

A must-read for young and not-so-young adults

Jennifer Minicus | 10 June 2014
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.

Best seller presents heavy topics with optimism

Jane Fagan | 28 February 2014
Author with Guinness World Record for highest number of consecutive best-selling adult novels writes worthwhile children's book.

An anticipated sequel is released

Jennifer Minicus | 26 November 2013
Kitto's disability does not prevent him from becoming a hero.

War pits brother against brother

Jennifer Minicus | 22 August 2013
An award winning book about the American Civil War.

A Medieval Trilogy

Jennifer Minicus | 05 July 2013
An unpredictable plot and endearing protagonist make this trilogy an engaging "must read".

The Gift of Disability

Clare Cannon | 31 May 2013
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.

In Defence of Fantasy

Clare Cannon | 26 April 2013
Many people tell me they don't have time for fantasy. They prefer to keep their mind in the 'real world'.

The Brotherband Chronicles

Tim Golden | 25 January 2013
Hal is the classic underdog-come-good.

The Trumpeter of Krakow

Jennifer Minicus | 17 November 2012
Everyone admires a young, courageous hero.

The 100 Cupboards Series

Jennifer Minicus | 15 July 2012
I do not usually enjoy creepy stories, but

Adam of the Road

Margaret Hannon | 13 July 2012
Life in thirteenth century England comes alive in this Newbery Medal winner.

Video Review: Holiday Reading for Teens and Young Adults

Clare Cannon | 29 June 2012
Entertaining summer (or winter) reading for the holidays.

Peter Raven: Under Fire

Tim Golden | 26 June 2012
There's action, there's romance, there's an insanely villainous count.

The Winged Watchman

Margaret Hannon | 16 June 2012
A story of patriotism, faith and family.

The Door in the Wall

Jennifer Minicus | 24 May 2012
This classic Newbery winner teaches some important lessons.

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