Reviews & Columns

By The Bel: Markus Zusak’s – “The Book Thief” Book vs. Film


I borrowed this one from Bolinda online borrowing through the Brisbane City Council Libraries and read along with the paperback. Dennis Olsen narrated this book and did a fabulous job of transporting you to Liesel’s side. The intervals of accordion music added a nice touch.

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Lisa Reviews: Alyssa Sheinmel's - "The Second Star"

Second Star is a book filled with surfers, waves, wild kids, and LOTS of boys! While Second Star sounds like the perfect beach read, it isn’t the average one! Second Star is actually a retelling of Peter Pan! Before I started reading this story, I ...

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Joelene Reviews: Kate Hunter's - "The Parfizz Pitch"

When Parfitt’s, the struggling local soft drink company, decides to sell to a global brand it looks as though Katie’s mother will lose her job and with it the huge rambling house that Katie’s great-grandfather built. The Old Queenslander is the only home ...

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Bel Reviews: Jennifer E Smith’s – “The Geography of You and Me”

The thought of being stuck in a lift in the middle of a black out in New York City is enough to get me sweaty and fidgety. It hardly sounds like the beginning of a romance novel. In true Jennifer E Smith style, this is ...

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Escape Club’s New Front Page

So as you can see we have a slight re-design of the front page. I wanted to bring the reviews into more focus, along with our columns, in the big slider at the top.


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Escape Club book club expands to GoodReads

Great news everyone! As of NOW, we’ve expanded book club to Goodreads. You’ll still get the first reviews here but discussion will take place here and there.


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New YA short story

I’m just popping in to let you know that I’ve written a new YA story. It’s about how peer pressure can make things crazy, and it’s called The mother, the whip, and the burning tip of night smoke.


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Redlitzer 2014

For the last few years, I’ve been part of the Redlands Redlitzer short story competitions. My role has been a judge and editor of stories written by children, young adults, and adults. In 2014, due to council budget cuts, the Redlands Library was only able to run the children’s section (and were only able to do this thanks to the help of their sponsors Bennett’s Real Estate).


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Blogger Meet Up

Here at the Escape Club, we were really excited that one of our favourite Book Bloggers, Braiden from the Book Probe, got to meet up with one of our favourite and most reliable reviewers, Krista McKeeth (MDP: well, actually they are ALL my favourites, but Krista has been with me for a long time). They got to hang out for a bit and took this picture to send to us back home!



Big 4 Interview: Jo Knowles

Chris Glabb on The Natural High

By the Bel: 5 Top Reads 2014

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Film Review: Into the Woods

Film Review: The Lego Movie

TV Review: Revenge

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Chris Glabb on The Red Carpet

Fashion Interview: Caroline Topperman

Chris on Clothes: how to accessorise

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Belinda’s 2014 Equals Awesome

Welcome to the Escape Club bookclub

Krista Reviews: Enders by Lissa Price

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Mirror Mirror: Sophie Delezio

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Mirror Mirror: Dr Catherine Hamlin

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