Footprints on the Moon Tour

UQP together with the #AusYABloggers are celebrating the release of Footprints on the Moon  by Australian author Lorraine Marwood. On the tour you'll find Australian Reviewers and Instagrammers sharing their thoughts.

About The Book



Foot on the Moon
Written by  Lorraine Marwood
Published by UQP
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Humans are about to leave footprints on the moon, but what sort of mark can one girl make here on earth?

It’s 1969 and life is changing fast. Sharnie Burley is starting high school and finding it tough to make new friends. As the world waits to see if humans will land on the moon, the Vietnam War rages overseas. While her little cousin, Lewis, makes pretend moon boots, young men are being called up to fight, sometimes without having any choice in the matter. Sometimes without ever coming home.

Dad thinks serving your country in a war is honourable, but when Sharnie’s older sister, Cas, meets a returned soldier and starts getting involved in anti-war protests, a rift in their family begins to show. Sharnie would usually turn to her grandma for support, but lately Gran’s been forgetting things.

Can she find her own way in this brave new world?











About The Author


Lorraine Marwood was born and raised in rural Victoria and has lived for most of her married life on a dairy farm with her husband and their six children. Lorraine is an award-winning poet who has been widely published in literary magazines across Australia, as well as magazines in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Canada. She has also published several children’s novels and collections of poetry.

Where you can find Lorraine

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Girl of the Southern Sea Tour

UQP together with the #AusYABloggers are celebrating the release of Girl of the Southern Sea by Australian author Michelle Kadarusman. On the tour you'll find Australian Reviewers and Instagrammers sharing their thoughts.

About The Book

Girl of the Southern Sea
Written by  Michelle Kadarusman
Published by UQP
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A gifted student, Nia longs to attend high school so she can follow her dream and become a writer. She has notebooks filled with stories she’s created about the mythological Dewi Kadita, Princess of the Southern Sea. But her family has barely enough money for food, let alone an education, so Nia’s days are spent running their food cart and raising her younger brother.

Following a miraculous escape from a bus accident, Nia is gifted with good-luck magic. Or at least that’s what everyone’s saying. Soon their family business is booming and there might even be enough money to return to school. But how long can her good luck last?

When a secret promise threatens everything she’s hoped for, Nia must find a way to break the mould and write her own future.



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About The Author


Children’s author Michelle Kadarusman grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has also lived many years throughout Indonesia and in Canada. Her children’s novels have been nominated for various awards and honours including the Canadian Governor General's Award, USBBY Outstanding International Book List, the Freeman Book Award and the Malka Penn Book Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature. Her work is published internationally and has been translated to Spanish and Turkish.

Where you can find Michelle

Reading Challenge: December


Hello there fellow bookish gals, guys and otherwise. You have stumbled upon December's reporting Chat Post for our 2020 Reading Challenge. If you are interested in what the challenge is all about click HERE to read the introductory post.

This months theme is Happy Holidays.

To report your months reads comment below, answering the questions.


Reporting questions:

1) What book did you pick for this month’s read?
2) Did you enjoy it?
3) What rating would you give it out of five?
4) Was there anything in your book that touched you /resonated with you in some way?
5) What was your favourite part of the book?
6) Who would you recommend read this book?
7) Try to sum up the book in one sentence.


We look forward to finding out what you've all been reading.

Reading Challenge: November


Hello there fellow bookish gals, guys and otherwise. You have stumbled upon November's reporting Chat Post for our 2020 Reading Challenge. If you are interested in what the challenge is all about click HERE to read the introductory post.

This months theme is Glorious Graphics.

To report your months reads comment below, answering the questions.


Reporting questions:

1) What book did you pick for this month’s read?
2) Did you enjoy it?
3) What rating would you give it out of five?
4) Was there anything in your book that touched you /resonated with you in some way?
5) What was your favourite part of the book?
6) Who would you recommend read this book?
7) Try to sum up the book in one sentence.


We look forward to finding out what you've all been reading.

Next Months theme is Happy Holidays.

Before the Beginning Tour

Hachette Australia together with the #AusYABloggers are celebrating the release of Before the Beginning by Australian author Anna Morgan. On the tour you'll find Australian Reviewers and Instagrammers sharing their thoughts.

About The Book

Before the Beginning
Written by Anna Morgan
Published by Hachette Australia
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The story of four friends, a mysterious stranger, and the week when everything changed. For fans of We Were Liars.

Schoolies week: that strange in-between time when teenagers move from school into the adult world. It's a week when anything is possible, and everything can change.

Grace is questioning everything she thought about herself, and has opted not to join her clique of judgemental friends for schoolies, instead tagging along with her brother Casper and his friends. Casper, an artist, is trying to create the perfect artwork for his uni application folio. Overachieving, anxiety-ridden Noah is reeling from a catastrophe that might have ruined his ATAR result. And Elsie is just trying to figure out how to hold their friendship group together.

On the first night of the trip, they meet Sierra, a mysterious girl with silver-grey hair and a magnetic personality. All of them are drawn to her for different reasons, and she persuades them to abandon the cliched schoolies experience in favour of camping with her on a remote, uninhabited island. On that island, each of them will find answers to their questions. But what does Sierra want from them?

An empathetic and suspenseful coming-of-age story from the author of All That Impossible Space.


Tour Schedule


Monday 26th October

Tuesday 27th October

Wednesday 28th October

Thursday 29th October
Friday 30th October

About The Author

Anna was born in Sydney, but spent most of her childhood surrounded by mountains in Nepal and Tibet while her parents were part of an international community of health professionals. Navigating this cross-cultural life made her a curious observer of people, although most of her time was spent reading Enid Blyton and dreaming of going to boarding school. This did not cushion the shock of shifting from home-school in Tibet to an all-girls high school in Melbourne when her family returned to Australia. Anna completed a MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University in 2015, and now lives in Melbourne with her husband. She works as a bookseller.

You can find Anna on Twitter  ·  Instagram  ·  Goodreads

The Secret Life of Stars: Astrophysics for Everyone Tour

Thames & Hudson Australia together with the #AusYABloggers are celebrating the release of The Secret Life of Stars: Astrophysics for Everyone by renowned and award-winning astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith. On the tour you'll find Australian Reviewers and Instagrammers sharing their thoughts.

About The Book


The Secret Life of Stars: Astrophysics for Everyone
Written by Lisa Harvey-Smith

Published by Thames & Hudson Australia
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The Secret Life of Stars takes us on a cosmic journey to meet some of the weirdest, most extreme and enigmatic stars in the universe.


We all know the Sun, the powerhouse of our solar system, but what about Luyten’s Flare, the Rosino-Zwicky Object or Chanal’s variable star? For those whose curiosity takes them far beyond Earth’s atmosphere, The Secret Life of Stars offers a personal and readily understood introduction to some of the Galaxy’s most remarkable stars.


Each chapter connects us to the various different and unusual stars and their amazing characteristics and attributes, from pulsars, blue stragglers and white dwarfs to cannibal stars and explosive supernovae. With chapter illustrations by Eirian Chapman, this book brings to life the remarkable personalities of these stars, reminding readers what a diverse and unpredictable universe we live in and how fortunate we are to live around a stable star, our Sun.



Tour Schedule

Monday 12th October

Tuesday 13th October

Wednesday 14th October

Thursday 15th October
Friday 16th October


About the Author

Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astronomer and Professor at the University of New South Wales. In 2018 she was appointed as the Australian Government's Ambassador for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She is the author of When Galaxies Collide and best-selling children's book Under the Stars, both published by Melbourne University Press. Lisa is also a regular on national tv/radio/media, and has appeared in several TV series and documentaries as a guest scientist and is a presenter alongside Prof. Brian Cox on ABC TV's Stargazing Live.

Author Links

Lisa's Website     Twitter     Instagram     Facebook     Goodreads






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Reading Challenge: October


Hello there fellow bookish gals, guys and otherwise. You have stumbled upon October's reporting Chat Post for our 2020 Reading Challenge. If you are interested in what the challenge is all about click HERE to read the introductory post.

This months theme is Mental Health.

To report your months reads comment below, answering the questions.


Reporting questions:

1) What book did you pick for this month’s read?
2) Did you enjoy it?
3) What rating would you give it out of five?
4) Was there anything in your book that touched you /resonated with you in some way?
5) What was your favourite part of the book?
6) Who would you recommend read this book?
7) Try to sum up the book in one sentence.


We look forward to finding out what you've all been reading.

Next Months theme is Glorious Graphics.

This One is Ours Tour Schedule

UQP together with the #AusYABloggers are celebrating the release of This One is Ours by Australian author Kate O'Donnell. On the tour you'll find Australian Reviewers and Instagrammers sharing their thoughts.

About the book

This One is Ours
Written by Kate O'Donnell
Published by UQP
Add to Goodreads
Sixteen-year-old Sofie is a dreamer, an artist and a romantic. So when she goes on exchange to Paris, she is expecting magnificent adventures of the heart and mind. Yet France isn't what she imagined. It's cold and grey, and she finds speaking another language exhausting. Sofie’s more homesick than lovesick.

But then her host sister, Delphine, and fellow artist Olivier show her a different side of Paris, and Sofie starts to question her ideas of art, beauty and meaning. Of everything. There’s truth in what her best friend, Crow, has been saying all along: the world is in crisis and people need to take notice.
But what can one girl do? Will Sofie be able to find the courage to fight for change?

This One is Ours is a call to action for anyone who feels helpless about the state of the world, as well as an ode to all the tiny beautifuls that make it worth saving.

Tour Schedule


Thursday 1st October

Friday 2nd October

Saturday 3rd October
Sunday 4th October
Monday 5th October

About the author


Kate O'Donnell is a writer, editor and bookseller specialising in children’s and young adult literature. She has a BA in History and French from the University of Melbourne and studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. Her first novel, Untidy Towns, was shortlisted for the Indie Book Award and the Readings Young Adult Book Prize in 2018. This One is Ours is her second novel.

Author Links

Twitter  ⦁  Instagram  ⦁  Goodreads  ⦁  Website
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