Meg Sorensen

Meg Sorensen reviews ‘Hero’ by Allan Baillie, ‘Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo’ by Tim Winton, ‘The Road to Summering’ by Maureen Pople, and ‘Clare Street’ by Nora Dugon

April 1990, no. 119 01 April 1990
Hero (Viking, 141 pp, $16.99 hb), Allan Baillie’s sixth novel for young readers, shows this seasoned storyteller at his best. Succinct yet incisive, it is a highly disciplined display of how tight technique can turn a single incident into an exciting story. Right from the first line, ‘A single drop of water exploded on Pamela Browning’s open exercise book’, we know we are on the precipice ... (read more)

Meg Sorensen reviews 'The Web' by Nette Hilton and 'Amy Amaryllis' by Sally Odgers

September 1992, no. 144 27 April 2022
Meg Sorensen reviews 'The Web' by Nette Hilton and 'Amy Amaryllis' by Sally Odgers
You often bring baggage to a book. Previous books. Gossip. The author’s photograph. The design or picture on the cover. Tabula rasa I am not. As a reviewer, I do endeavour to wipe the slate as clean as possible, but there’s always the odd smudge. In the case of Nette Hilton’s The Web, I found my hackles rising on sight. What was this! A rip-off comic strip version of E.B. White with loopy dr ... (read more)

'Peter Pavey: Out of print, out of mind?' by Meg Sorensen

August 1991, no. 133 01 August 1991
Meg Sorensen goes looking for the author of the award-winning One Dragon’s Dream and finds him doing dreadful things to cows – but still writing and illustrating. What a tragedy it would have been if after ten years the French had decided to let de Brunhoff’s masterworks fall by the wayside; if the Americans had shelved Sendak in favour of something more ‘current’, or the English publ ... (read more)