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VATE regularly receives review copies of new texts from writers and publishers. This is a great way to trial new textbooks and novels with your class and gain feedback from your colleagues. You then get to share your review with all VATE members who often rely on the text reviews to help them select items for their own and professional use. If you would like to receive and review one of the books listed below, please email Josephine Smith, Publications and Communications Officer, publications@vate.org.au for further information. Please note: All review books are only available to current VATE members (both individual and organisational). Members with close links to institutions or companies should avoid reviewing titles published by these bodies.

Writers and publishers who are interested in having their books reviewed by VATE members are invited to email Josephine Smith, Publications and Communications Officer, publications@vate.org.au for further information.

Available titles for review

Biographical

*NEW* The Girl Who Touches the Stars, Bonnie Hancock, ABC Books (2024). Read more...

*NEW* The Wonder of Little Things, Vince Copley, ABC Books (2022). Read more...

Fantasy

*NEW* Dark Heir, C.S. Pacat, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Immortal Mistake, Adele Jones, Wombat Rhiza (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Kaldoras, Lynette Noni, Pantera Press (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Never a Hero: Only a Monster 2, Vanessa Len, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Shadows of Truth, Astrid Scholte, Allen & Unwin (2024). Read more...

*NEW* Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz, Garth Nix, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

*NEW* The Grimmelings, Rachael King, Allen & Unwin (2024). Read more...

The Isles of the Gods, Amie Kaufman, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

Verindon (The Heir, The Crown & The Reign), Lynne Stringer, Wombat Rhiza (2023). Read more...

Fiction

*NEW* Alex: Through My Eyes - Australian Distaster Zones, Rosanne Hawke, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Andromache Between Worlds, Gabriel Bergsmoser, HarperCollins (2024). Read more...

*NEW* Bad Influence, Tamsin Winter, Usborne (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Finding Bear, Hannah Gold, HarperCollins (2024). Read more...

Imogen, Obviously, Becky Albertalli, Harper Collins (2023). Read more...

*NEW* In the Secret Place, Gary Crew, Hawkeye Publishing (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Murder on a School Night, Kate Weston, Electric Monkey (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Outlaw Girls, Emily Gale & Nova Weetman, Text Publishing (2024). Read more...

Picasso and the Greatest Show on Earth, Anna Fienberg, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Ryan and Avery, David Levithan, HarperCollins (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Sense and Second-Degree Murder, Tirzah Price, Harper Collins (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Smoke & Mirrors, Barry Jonsberg, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

Some Shall Break, Ellie Marney, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Summer Change, Melissa Wray, Wombat Books (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Tales From Shakespeare, Michael Morpurgo, Harper Collins (2023). Read more...

*NEW* The Faint of Heart, Kerilynn Wilson, Harper Collins (2023). Read more...

*NEW* The Space between Here and Now, Sarah Suk, Harper Collins (2023). Read more...

*NEW* Two Sparrowhawks in a Lonely Sky, Rebecca Lim, Allen & Unwin (2023). Read more...

When Clouds Touch Us, Thanhhà Lai, Harper Collins (2023). Read more...

*NEW* When the World Was Soft, Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation and Lorraine Coppin, Allen & Unwin (2024). Read more...

Wilf, Heidi McLeod, Books with Heart (2023). Read more...

Graphic novels

Speak Up, Rebecca Burgess, Harper Collins (2023). Read more...

Poetry

 

Social Science

*NEW* Our Voices From the Heart, Prof. Megan Davis & Patricia Anderson, Harper Collins (2023). Read more...

Teaching resource