VATE book reviews

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2021 Term 1 book reviews available to read here.
2021 Term 2 book reviews available to read here.

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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.

We invite reviews of a variety of different types of texts (textbooks, novels, journals, picture books, audio-visual materials) and on a range of subjects. Written reviews should be sent as an attached Word document (600-800 words and formatted in Calibri, font size 11). All reviews should include the following details: name of text; author; publisher and publication date; number of pages; price (AUD $RRP). You should give a brief summary of the overall content and then focus on specific aspects, discussing the quality and usefulness of the content, especially in the English classroom. Reviewers are expected to comment on the strengths and limitations of the title while maintaining a respectful tone at all times. You should also cite specific examples from the work and comment on the merits of the work as a whole. Your final recommendation should also address age group and use most suited to the text, e.g., teacher resource, wide reading list, Year 10 class text…. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Fantasy

Fiction

*NEW* A Weekend With Oscar, Robyn Bavati, Walker Books (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Echo in the Memory, Cameron Nunn, Walker Books (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Elsewhere Girls, Emily Gale & Nova Weetman, Text Publishing (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Fly Free: Skydragon 2, Anh Do, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Fozia and the Quest of Prince Zal, Rosanne Hawke, UQP (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Huda and Me, H.Hayek, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Off The Map, Scot Gardner, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Rainfish, Andrew Paterson, Text Publishing (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Sugar Town Queens, Malla Nunn, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, Anna Ciddor, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* The Other Side of Perfect, Mariko Turk, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne, Jonathan Stroud, Walker Books (2021). Read more...

*NEW* The Tale of the Whale, Karen Swann & Padmacandra, UQP (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Underground, Mirranda Burton, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* We Were Wolves, Jason Cockcroft, Walker Books (2021). Read more...

*NEW* When We Are Invisible, Claire Zorn, UQP (2021). Read more...

Graphic books

Non-fiction

*NEW* Military Vignettes: A Selection of Australian War Stories, Carol Rosenhain, Echo Books (2021). Read more...

Picture books

*NEW* Story Doctors, Boori Monry Pryor, Illustrated by Rita Sinclair, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* The Inheritance, Armin Greder, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

Poetry/verse novel

Professional reading

Reference

Short stories

Teaching resources

Textbooks

*NEW* English Essentials Workbooks, Rex Sadler, Sandra Sadler, Viv Winter, Matilda Education (2019). Read more... (Books 1-3 each available for review)