The Zookeeper's Wife - Diane Ackerman - book to film, US release date March
New Boy - Tracy Chevalier - a literary YA novel. A powerful retelling of Othello, successfully transposed to the world of the 6th class playground. The adult knowingness of the child characters would normally have me gagging but, in this case, I was completely convinced of these beautifully nuanced, perfectly drawn pre-teens and the spiral of events that envelops them to create a gripping psychological drama. 5 stars.
This Newbery Honor Book is poetic, moving and uplifting. It is an autobiographical novel told in free verse about Ha's family's flight from Saigon and resettlement in Alabama in the It is a beautifully rendered book.
Booktopia has Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Marquez 2014 by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Buy a discounted Paperback of Chronicle of a Death Foretold online from Australia's leading online bookstore.
The Martian - Andy Weir - a book with a reputation as a page turner. Mediocre writing and characterisation, great story (so, yes, a page turner it was). Sometimes the science was fascinating, at other times just tedious. 3 stars.
Earth And Ashes - Atiq Rahimi - a book translated to English
Booktopia has The Boy on the Wooden Box, How the Impossible Became Possible . on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Boy on the Wooden Box online from Australia's leading online bookstore.