• Killing The Dead By Marcus Sedgwick on wooden background with blog title overlay
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    Killing The Dead – Marcus Sedgewick

    1963. Foxgrove School near Stockbridge, Massachusetts. One of the oldest and finest academies in the country – but what really goes on behind closed doors? Nathaniel Drake, the new young English teacher, Isobel Milewski, the quiet girl who loved to draw spirals, her fingers stained with green ink, Jack Lewis, who lent Isobel books – just words, just ink on paper, Margot Leya, the girl with those eyes – who are they, what part have they played in killing the dead?  Follow the dark, dark path Into the dark, dark woods To the dark, dark bridge By the dark, dark water. Linger. Let the ghosts of heaven tell their story.  A stylish and creepy story…

  • One Seriously Messed-Up Week-End in the Otherwise Un-Messed-Up life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson on a wooden background with blog title overlay
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    One Seriously Messed-Up Week-End in the Otherwise Un-Messed-Up life of Jack Samsonite – Tom Clempson

    Jack Samsonite is back. Its been two years since his messed up week and his life has been pretty normal. However, it’s Thursday, and now 17 year old Jack has until Monday to complete his coursework and complete his personal statement. But 17 year old Jack has other things on his mind. His film coursework needs a kissing scene, and he needs to be the one to deliver it. Because he needs to lose his kiss virginity. Or his actual virginity.Now to find the girl for the job… *** I remember laughing my head off at the first Jack Samsonite book. So I expected great things from this book. And…

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    This Careless Life – Rachel McIntyre

    Four best friends with perfect lives. A once in a lifetime opportunity. Who can resist the call of fame and fortune?Liv, Hetty, Jez and Duffy are auditioning for a new reality TV show. Producer Cassandra has warned them the process might be tough, but they are excited and keen to get on with things, confident that they can handle anything.But when Cass produces a photo of a body, everyone realises that they may have something to hide after all… *** I wasn’t sure about This Careless Life when I started reading. Liv seemed self-absorbed and something felt a little odd. But as soon as Liv’s interview started, I was hooked.…

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    The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

    Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily’s beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone. Even though they are still together, somehow the magic has gone out of their relationship and it’s clear that Lily has fallen out of love with life.Action must be taken! Dash teams up with Lily’s brother and a host of their friends, who have just twelve days to get Lily’s groove back in time for Christmas.A warm, wintry read that is guaranteed to be a favourite Christmas book for many years to come. *** So I read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares years ago and fell in…

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    Brand New Boy – David Almond

    “Mam, did you think George was,” I say, “a bit … weird?”“Weird? Yes, I suppose so. But you kids are all a bit weird if you ask me. And to tell the truth, it’d be weird if you weren’t.” When a new boy joins the class, everyone thinks he’s a bit strange, but he’s brilliant at football and loves crisps, and that’s all that matters to Dan and Maxie. However, the truth about George is stranger than anyone could have imagined … and more sinister, too. Can his new pals help him to become truly free?  *** As an adult reading this book you have to understand that it loses…

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    Death or Ice Cream? – Gareth P Jones

    Larkin Mills: The Birthplace of Death! Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It’s a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death.  An extraordinary mystery in Larkin Mills is beginning to take shape. First we meet the apparently healthy Albert Dance, although he’s always been called a sickly child, and he’s been booked into Larkin Mills’ Hospital for Specially Ill Children. Then there’s his neighbour Ivor, who observes strange goings-on, and begins his own investigations into why his uncle disappeared all those years ago. Next we meet Young Olive, who is given a battered accordion…

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    The Book of Hopes; Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain – Edited by Katherine Rundell

    This collection of short stories features stories and pictures by children’s authors and illustrators which were collected during the first Lockdown of 2020. Author Katherine Rundell starts the book with a prologue about the fact she usually turns to books when she’s in need of hope. And that is how the book came about. She describes stories as transformation – wild glories and everyday glories, magic both real and imaginary. I love the way she talks about hope. I also love the way she describes the book as being a book to dip in and out of when you need hope. Making it perfect to have lying around for those…

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    The Forest of Ghosts and Bones – Lisa Lueddecke

    The Eve of Saints approaches and the poison rain which shrouds Castle Marcosza strains at its boundaries. When Beata’s brother is taken by the rain, Beata and her friend Benedek must make a perilous journey of discovery to uncover the root of her secret – why she is the only person who can walk through the rain unscathed. But Beata is soon caught up in a game of cat-and-mouse with mysterious Liljana, a girl with hidden powers of her own. And with magic outlawed in Marcosza, can the pair find a way to work together to harness their forbidden ability and unleash its full potential? Or will they find themselves…

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    4 Ways To Prevent Eye Strain While Reading

    Back in the day, parents would complain at their kids for watching too much TV and tell them that they would get square eyes. These days, it’s phone and laptop screens that get the blame for damaging our eyes. Parents are always suggesting that their kids put down the screens and try reading a book instead, but could that be just as damaging?  Pixabay CCO License Even though screens will do more damage to your eyes than a good book will, you can still strain your eyes while reading, so you should be careful. These are the best ways to reduce eye strain while reading.  Read In A Well Lit…

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    Souls – Lisa Lueddecke – The Forest of Ghosts and Bones Blog Tour

    What better time of year to talk about souls roaming the earth than right before Halloween? When I was very young, although I can’t remember exactly how old, I vaguely recall my Hungarian grandmother making a comment about how souls don’t leave the world as soon as someone dies. They stick around for a while and haunt the earth. I’m fairly certain I was too young to hear it and not get terrified by the concept, but it also really stuck with me, and went on to inspire the world in The Forest of Ghosts and Bones. The idea of a world where souls can choose to pass on or…