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    queen_leah19's book review was featured in The Peacock Detectives.
    I love this book! Cassie Anderson is eleven years old. She lives with her mother, father and sister Diana who is fourteen. One particular Saturday two things happen, the peacocks from across the road go missing and Cassie decided to write a story. As she notices clues about William Shakespeare and Virginia, the missing peacocks, Cassie also notices many things about her own family. She tries to make sense of what she finds out by writing everything down and ends up with a lot of questions about what is really going on in her family. This book was shortlisted for the Text Prize and it’s not hard to see why. Cassie’s voice is engaging as she seeks to unravel the puzzles of her family and friends. She is assisted in her quest to find the peacocks and the truth about her family which seems to avoid her, by her friend Jonas. Jonas collects assorted, and at times unrelated, facts and shares them at various times. Jonas also has his own questions about family he wants resolved. The setting is a small town in rural Victoria which has a combined primary and high school. From its colourful cover and its engaging voice, this book is a charming read. Although it deals with fairly heavy issues regarding family and problems faced, it does so in a gentle way that makes it a good read for thoughtful readers that may be young. I love this book because it is about many things all at one time
    21 days ago
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    I love this book! Cassie Anderson is eleven years old. She lives with her mother, father and sister Diana who is fourteen. One particular Saturday two things happen, the peacocks from across the road go missing and Cassie decided to write a story. As she notices clues about William Shakespeare and Virginia, the missing peacocks, Cassie also notices many things about her own family. She tries to make sense of what she finds out by writing everything down and ends up with a lot of questions about what is really going on in her family. This book was shortlisted for the Text Prize and it’s not hard to see why. Cassie’s voice is engaging as she seeks to unravel the puzzles of her family and friends. She is assisted in her quest to find the peacocks and the truth about her family which seems to avoid her, by her friend Jonas. Jonas collects assorted, and at times unrelated, facts and shares them at various times. Jonas also has his own questions about family he wants resolved. The setting is a small town in rural Victoria which has a combined primary and high school. From its colourful cover and its engaging voice, this book is a charming read. Although it deals with fairly heavy issues regarding family and problems faced, it does so in a gentle way that makes it a good read for thoughtful readers that may be young. I love this book because it is about many things all at one time
    21 days ago
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    Ivan is an easy going gorilla. Living in a shopping mall, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead Ivan thinks about the TV shows he has seen, his friends Stella and Bob and Painting. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home-and his own art-through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it is up to Ivan to make it change for the better. I like this story because it is about animal rights and finding a better home for Ivan and his friends. This story is sad yet poignant and amusing.
    21 days ago

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