Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh reviews 'Freedom Ride' by Sue Lawson

Bec Kavanagh
30 October 2015

In 1965 a busload of students drove through a number of small Australian towns to protest the treatment of Aboriginal people. These events are the backdrop for Sue Lawson's Freedom Ride, a novel set in the fictional town of Walgaree, where racial tensions are high. Robbie, the novel's young protagonist, is generally obliging, but he is at an age where he mu ... More

Bec Kavanagh reviews 'The Protected' by Claire Zorn

Bec Kavanagh
27 November 2014

Following the success of her first novel, Claire Zorn displays her remarkable talent again in The Protected. Although the books are vastly different (The Sky So Heavy [2013] is a futuristic survival thriller, while The Protected is a coming-of-age story coloured by grief), thematically they have many similarities. Zorn is adept at explori ... More

Bec Kavanagh reviews 'Tigerfish'

Bec Kavanagh
27 August 2014

Ryan Lanyon sees something special in Ariel the moment he meets her. He can tell that she is out of place here, in the middle of suburbia, where the too-bright mall lights offer no real security from the dangers outside.

Ryan is an unlikely hero. Surprisingly insightful, he is the first of many characters in Tigerfish that encourage us to look beneath ... More

Bec Kavanagh on the new YA title: 'Cry Blue Murder'

Bec Kavanagh
30 September 2013

Kim Kane and Marion Roberts co-write this eerie Melbourne-based thriller seamlessly. In this story that is every parent’s worst nightmare, we see schoolgirls snatched from the middle of their routine, presumed safe, suburban life.

Celia and Alice don’t know the first girl taken or each other, but they connect on Facebook through their ... More

Bec Kavanagh reviews 'Black Spring' by Alison Croggon

Bec Kavanagh
29 January 2013

Lina is part witch, part royalty. Her existence is scorned by both the king and the powerful wizards that all but rule the bitter lands of the North. The story of her heady romance and tragic fate is the centrepiece for Alison Croggon’s latest fiction, a Gothic fantasy inspired by Wuthering Heights.

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Bec Kavanagh reviews 'The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf' by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Bec Kavanagh
28 August 2012

Dystopian fiction has surged in popularity in recent years, with books like The Hunger Games (2008) among the many Young Adult titles being devoured by younger and adult readers alike. There is a danger that the sudden influx of a genre in the marketplace, and the eagerness of authors to get their books into the hands of keen readers, will lead to a drop in the quality of writing, or t ... More

Bec Kavanagh reviews 'A Pocketful of Eyes' by Lili Wilkinson

Bec Kavanagh
21 October 2011

Beatrice May Ross (Bee) is a list-maker, an amateur detective, a taxidermy assistant, and a regular teenage girl. She falls in love, fights with her best friend, and hates her mother’s new boyfriend, like plenty of adolescents. But she does so while stitching together a dead koala and trying to solve the ever-developing mystery surrounding the death of her mentor.

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Bec Kavanagh reviews 'Pig Boy' by J.C. Burke

Bec Kavanagh
29 June 2011

Damon Styles keeps a list of those who have crossed him. In a small, bully-rich town like Strathven, there are a lot of them. Damon has a plan, though, and getting his gun licence is only part of it. Next he needs to get a job with the Pigman. Nobody really knows the latter. He is foreign, shoots pigs, and keeps to himself, which is quite enough to fuel rumours in Strathven. Damon knows that th ... More