'The first in a series aimed at pre-teen readers, Mardi McConnochie's Escape to the Moon Islands rests on a similar idea to Andrew McGahan's recently completed Ship Kings fantasy novels. The world has been irrevocably changed by a great flood, and is now controlled by the Admiralty, a sea-going force who seem to be the good guys until the surface is scratched. ...'
'Someone's got to be responsible, so I'm not going to tell you how Dave O'Neil and his high school mates made a bomb during the long break after finishing HSC. It's devastatingly simple, it works and landed them at the Nunawading Police Station. ...'
'Yvonne Swift was a distinctive nun from the start – arriving at Sacre Coeur, Rose Bay, at 10pm in ball gown to enter the novitiate. The novice who greeted her could only wonder how long she would last. As Edmund Campion's crisp, admiring biography reveals, she lasted a lifetime. She grew up in Melbourne and studied law at Melbourne University in the 1930s, eventually becoming principal of Sacre Coeur. ...'