Description ‘A Mole Like No Other’ is a delightful book about a toy mole, who is looking for love, friendship and his place in the world. The story of Moley and his friends – toys and real animals – is set in a cosy English country house with a traditional garden. But behind all this … Continue reading Review: A Mole Like No Other by Julia B. Grantham, Illustrated by Carol Wellart.
Description: It’s 1789 and a young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious happenings at Southmoor Abbey. When a carriage accident forces a change of plans, 13-year-old Jane is sent to be a companion to Lady Cromwell for a week as the household prepares to celebrate the eldest son’s coming-of-age party. … Continue reading Blog Tour – Jane Austen Investigates: The Abbey Mystery by Julia Golding.
The Shape of Thunder is beautiful and emotional.
Dealing with grief, loss, and guilt. Told from the different perspectives of Cora and Quinn. Both have lost their siblings on the same day, in the same incident. Yet the circumstances rip their friendship apart. As we see their stories unfold, we realise that whilst their situations are different, their feelings of anger and guilt are matched.
I resonated with these girls, for all they have been through they are still ‘regular’ 12-year-olds. I can remember thinking I can solve things myself, being with my friends thinking I could do magic and willing things to happen that of course never would.
Both girls have been through trauma and we see the support (or lack thereof) they are given in trying to cope and move forward. The book also touches on issues of identity and culture, gun ownership and absent parents. We see…
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I am joined by my 10 year old daughter, Georgia, for the review today. Georgia won her proof copy of the gorgeous Harklights by Tim Tilley from Toppsta as part of one of their giveaways. Spoiler alert!! Georgia writes about the plot and has spoilers in her review. She even made a little matchstick house, … Continue reading Review: Harklights by Tim Tilley
The Three Impossibles –amazing! Captivating, full of suspense, and a true page turner. An action-packed adventure throughout. With secrets and curses, royalty, and mythical-type creatures you are enchanted by the tale seamless spun by the author. Jemima, (or Mim as she likes to be known) is the daughter of the King, however, she was born … Continue reading Review: The Three Impossibles by Susie Bower
‘Startfoams’ & ‘Instantgrannies’! (If you have read the book you’ll know!) A charming, funny, and entertaining read. Featuring time-travel, good vs. evil, and magic, what more could you ask for? A wizard (or should that be Warlock), from 511 AD is thrown forward in time to the 21st Century with ‘caaaars’ and other confusing and … Continue reading Review: The Wizard in My Shed by Simon Farnaby
Melt is a thrilling adventure set in the Arctic. A little slow to get going, but, once you are in, you a taking on a daunting but beautiful journey with Yutu and Bea. With mysteries to solve and elements to overcome, the book piques your interest, and the ‘will they, won’t they’, moments keep you … Continue reading Review: Melt by Ele Fountain.
Captivating right from the start! This book pulls on your heart-strings and builds great empathy for the characters and their situations, both in life generally as well as the mystery they find themselves in. A brilliant, good vs. evil story, with excellent pacing that makes it a real page-turner. I enjoyed the footnotes, having never … Continue reading Review: How To Be Brave by Daisy May Johnson.
Aww, what a great story! Archie's Mum and Dad are getting a divorce, which is a tough situation for any kid. Then he finds out his Dad is gay and that is why they split up. Archie's character reacts in such a real way, he is quiet and unsure, which I feel is totally believable … Continue reading Review: Me, My Dad, and The End of The Rainbow by Benjamin Dean.
Wow! As a fan of Sarah Hagger-Holt's previous book (Nothing Ever Happens Here) I knew I wanted to read Proud of Me as soon as possible. Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read an e-arc for review. I don't know where to start! So many positive things to say about this story and the … Continue reading Review: Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt.