VATE book reviews

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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. Read the latest VATE member book reviews here.

Available titles for review

Fantasy

Fiction

 

*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* Girl of the Southern Sea, Michelle Kadarusman, 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* 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* When We Are Invisible, Claire Zorn, UQP (2021). Read more...

Graphic books

Non-fiction

*NEW* Shackleton's Endurance, Joanna Grochowicz, Allen & Unwin (2021). Read more...

*NEW* Tell Me Why, Archie Roach, Simon & Schuster (2021). Read more...

Picture books

Poetry/verse novel

*NEW* Footprints on the Moon, Lorraine Marwood, UQP (2021). Read more...

Professional reading

Reference

Short stories

Teaching resources

Textbooks