Blog

Reviews of FLYING THROUGH CLOUDS

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

I'm very pleased with the reviews of Flying through Clouds that have been published so far. I got off to an excellent start when Jackie French read a review copy and loved it, then she allowed me to include her quote on the cover and inside the book.

‘Superb! Adventure combined with a deep understanding of our history - and some of its most exciting bits.’

(Jackie French, back cover of Flying through Clouds)

Bill Condon also read a review copy and his full review was published in Buzz Words. Here is an excerpt:

‘Read it for its accurate depiction of Depression-era Sydney. Read it for a rattling good story; it’s highly recommended.’ (Bill Condon, Buzz Words 13 Feb 2017)

Quotes from other recent reviews:

'...the description of time and place lifts it and gives Flying through Clouds a good grounding in this part of Australian history.' (Emily Clarke, Reading Time 13 Feb 2017)

‘A heart-warming family story…evokes the time and historic setting vividly by including real events.’ (Lyn Linning, Magpies March 2017)

'The background of the novel is wonderfully realised, with readers able to sink into the surrounds of Sydney in the 1930s...' (Fran Knight, ReadPlus 13 Apr 2017

Many thanks to the reviewers, journals and websites!

» Share this post

Reviews of "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Friday, May 23, 2014

This is what some reviewers had to say about Racing the Moon:

“Racing the Moon is confronting Young Adult fiction and readers of any age will be captivated by Joe, who wins our admiration as a stoic and heroic figure." (Deb Robins, ReadPlus, 28 April 2014).

"Beautifully written, this book is a great read for 10 to 15 year-olds. I would recommend it to read aloud to a class. It has humour, history and plenty of childhood escapades to keep the listener engaged." (Nova Gibson, Massey Primary, Allen & Unwin Teacher Reviews, April 2014)

“Set in Sydney during the Great Depression, this is a beautifully written, well-researched and deeply engaging story." (Wendy Noble, Good Reading, April 2014)

"This story is skilfully written, the pace is swift and it kept me so engaged I finished it in two sittings.”... “This is an auspicious start to what could be a lengthy career as a writer for the YA market and I look forward to reading more of Michelle's work." (Barbara Braxton, ReadPlus, 17 March 2014).

“Potentially confronting strong topics such as domestic violence and sexual abuse are treated sensitively for the intended readership, so with its feisty hero and interesting characters and events, this engaging novel is recommended for Upper Primary to Lower Secondary readers.” (Chloe Mauger, Magpies, vol. 29, Issue no.1, March 2014, p. 38.)

“Racing the Moon is a captivating historical narrative set in the Great Depression. Morgan has created a refreshingly frank and necessary narrative we must read and you are guaranteed not to be disappointed.” (All the Buzz about Books, Issue 1, 2014, p. 4)

"I would recommend this story for young people who enjoy character-driven historical fiction. Clear and compelling, this book will leave its audience with a genuine feel for life during the Depression." (Ann Harth, Buzz Words, 6 Feb 2014)

There are also excellent Teachers' notes by Fran Knight on the Allen & Unwin website.

» Share this post

Review of "Racing the Moon" in Good Reading

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I'm very pleased with the review of Racing the Moon that's in the latest issue of Good Reading. Wendy Noble finishes the review with: "Set in Sydney during the Great Depression, this is a beautifully written, well-researched and deeply engaging story." (Good Reading, April 2014, p.68.) Part of this review is also on the Good Reading Magazine website.

» Share this post

Recent Posts

Tags

giveaway festivals writers' festivals book launch good reading magazine Magpies fishpond historical novel society australasia combined book exhibit KXT goodreads giveaway deep sky children's book council of australia national conference Gordon Library berkelouw book barn libraries iTunes State Library of NSW book cover design hnsa two of a kind ulladulla library scbwi australia QBD short plays festival of golden words Australia Day Lismore Library kids' book review smashwords school visits Waterstones spark award older readers 2017 martin luther king, jr children's book council of australia believing Spotlight On seven mile beach kate gordon author talks mETAphor storytellers festival mabo day historical fiction nsw writers' centre reviews barbara braxton Tamworth City Library fran knight self-publishing NAIDOC week bookshops Reading Time Taree Library captain tobias furneaux act writers centre buzz words michelle morgan bay of fires shoalhaven libraries international children's book day 2014 bushwalking literary events eBook just write for kids Bowral Art Gallery writing workshops griffin press holidays ainslie + gorman arts centre songs ReadPlus hans christian andersen highlife magazine australian federation of graduate women 14 february 1966 skylight books kobo Mitchell Library Dymocks Brisbane bologna children's book fair interviews bookloons luke johnson tanika gupta Good Reading jamberoo public school Woollahra Library MacLean's Booksellers Abbey's Bookshop children's book council of australia illawarra south coast mother's day arielle gamble Newcastle writers' festival Reader's Companion Armidale goodreads griffin theatre WritingNSW sharon mcguinness australian literature autumn revel copyediting australian text society of children's book writers and illustrators lyn linning jackie french karma too late for love sophie masson refugees Bookshop Bowral bookworld jump for jordan national simultaneous storytime Paperchain Manuka Sydney Harbour Bridge indigenous literacy day allen & unwin books john reed books racing the moon goodbye frankie smsa library nowra library all the buzz about books berkelouw books plays 12 curly questions playwrights retreat scbwi byron writers festival potts point bookshop sir charles kingsford smith alexander mccall smith Books + Publishing ubud writers & readers festival booktopia Dymock's Canberra heart of australia CBCA book of the year awards coming-of-age fiction Muswellbrook Library ubud, bali southern highlands writers' festival southern cross indigenous literacy foundation flying through clouds big book day out nook kindle bradman museum book fairs awards illustrators bookstop[ children's / YA literature spark award 2017 ann harth eBook mall clancy tucker Quirindi Library Broadbeach Library bill condon decimal currency canberra atyp Historical Novel Society playwriting festival authors barnes&noble Kings Cross Theatre sydney mechanics school of arts library children's book council of australia NSW branch australian standing orders tom keneally centre telopea park school narrabundah college book tour CBCA Children's Book Week St Paul's Primary School blog tour middle grade fiction teachers' notes book depository book trailer gorman arts centre read3r'zrevu di bates literary lunch amazon kindle theatre chloe mauger writing process blog hop author videos southern highland news lachlan philpott amazon sandy fussell playwriting valentine's day 19 March 1932 readhowyouwant ANZAC Day eBooks.com sally odgers Moss Vale Campus Library australian reading hour sydney writers festival 2019 teen fiction Grafton Library Tamworth Country Music Festival gerringong historical society museum elizabeth gilbert indie publishing deb robins sydney opera house refugee week YA fiction dymocks better read than dead Anniversary Day Port Macquarie Library sydney elaine ousten reconciliation paperback romy sharp lovereading4kids frankfurt book fair festival of dangerous ideas tasmania

Archive