Review Blog

Jun 04 2009

Magenta McPhee by Catherine Bateson

cover image

Woolshed Press, Random House Australia
(Age range: 8-12) Catherine Bateson is a talented writer who continually captures the eye of the Children Book Council of the Year judges and for good reason.
Magenta is a strong character shaped by the circumstances of her life and the overwhelming desire to help those close to her - particularly her recently divorced father. Written in the first person we learn initially of Magenta's concern for her father and then her quest, with the help of her 'best friend' Polly, to find him happiness. Magenta's approach may be a little unconventional but her intentions are pure gold and the results prove to be beneficial for both her father and herself. Paralleled against this is her mother's marriage preparations and her historical novel 'project' both of which are influenced by her family circumstances.
An easy read novel that provides the reader with a sense we may have not heard the last of Magenta!
Tracy Glover

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2018
National Book Award winners 2017
Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2017
YABBA Awards 2017
Teens' top 10
2017 Man Booker Prize
Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature 2017 winners
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2017
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates