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Franc. World – October Reviews

The weather is warming up, some of us are beginning to think about high school next year and there’s just a few months to go until the Christmas holidays!!!

We’ve got two awesome titles this month for book club, thanks to our friends at QBD and we couldn’t be more excited!

“Nerra – The Broken Rainbow” by Tasma Walton

“Nerra – The Broken Rainbow” by Tasma Walton is a captivating and heartwarming fantasy adventure story that celebrates Aboriginal culture and Dreamtime stories.

When Nerra’s great-grandmother passes away, she leaves behind a box of artefacts, including a pair of clapsticks. Nerra is drawn to the clapsticks, and when she picks them up she discovers that she is a Deep Time Traveller, a person who can travel back in time to the Dreaming, the spiritual world of her ancestors.

In the Dreaming, Nerra learns that a terrible disaster has split the rainbow apart and disrupted the balance of Country. She is called upon to help the Keeper of Clean Sand and Clear Water and the Cleverman, Bobbinary, to restore the balance and reunite the rainbow.

While being a captivating and engaging book, the book also celebrates Aboriginal culture and Dreamtime stories. Tasma does a masterful job of weaving her heritage into the story, and she introduces readers to a number of important Aboriginal concepts, such as the Dreaming, the Cleverman, and the Rainbow Serpent.

The story also teaches readers about the importance of protecting the environment. The Devour’ena represents the destruction that can be caused by human greed and disregard for nature. Nerra’s victory over the Devour’ena is a reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting the planet.

“The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich” by Deya Muniz

A magical kingdom, the power of love and an endless quest for the perfect melty cheese sambo, all rolled into one very quirky graphic novel – what more could you want??


The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a heartwarming and humorous graphic novel rom-com by rising talent Deya Muniz. It tells the story of Lady Camembert, a noblewoman who disguises herself as a man to escape the law of the land that requires women to marry. She moves to the capital city to start over, but she soon finds herself falling for the beautiful Princess Brie.

Brie is a fierce and independent princess who is passionate about social justice. She is also a talented chef, and she loves to make grilled cheese sandwiches. However, their friendship is complicated by Camembert’s secret identity.

Will Brie accept Camembert for who she truly is? Will they fall in love? Will they, (can they?) get married and rule the kingdom together happily ever after??

The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich may look like a fun and quirky dairy-filled graphic novel, but just under the molten, bubbling cheesy crust lies a number of important themes, including the importance of self-acceptance, the power of love, and the importance of fighting for what you believe in.

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