• Book review graphic - the Blue Beyond by Jeanne Willis and Bethany Christau
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    The Blue Beyond – Jeanne Willis and Bethany Christau

    Lana dreams of becoming the greatest explorer in the world. She can’t wait to discover what lies beyond the safe haven of her lagoon. But when Lana sets off on her incredible journey, she soon realises that she is one very little fish in the great big ocean… A joyful celebration of bravery and adventure, with full colour illustrations on every page. As soon as I saw the blurb for this book I knew it was one I wanted to share with Spike. It’s the cutest story about fish with big dreams, and helps show that everyone should act on their dreams. We’re huge fans of Jeanne Willis so knew…

  • Book review of the Places I've Cried in Public by holly bourne
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    The Places I’ve Cried in Public – Holly Bourne

    Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him. Trigger warning: Rape, Gaslighting, Abuse. This book man. It was intense. I loved every minute. But it made me so angry and I just wanted to jump in and protect Amelie. She’s still so young and what happens to her is not nice. And thats an understatement. This is a hard book to…

  • Book Review for The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein with blog title and image of the book on a wooden background
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    The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

    When her mother is killed in the Blitz, and her father’s ship goes down, Louisa Adair feels she has lost everything. The country she has called home since her family left Jamaica is not a friendly place for an orphaned girl with brown skin, and she badly needs money and a roof over her head. Finally she finds work looking after an old lady at a pub near an airfield in Scotland. There she meets Ellen, a driver for the RAF, and Jamie, a pilot – two other young people just as exhausted by the toll the war has taken on their loved ones, and just as desperate for a…

  • blog post for The Saddest Kitten 5-7 book from Holly Webb
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    The Saddest Kitten – Holly Webb

    Isla loves hanging out at her best friend Hailey’s house, especially since Hailey has just gotten a beautiful kitten named Silky! But someone isn’t too thrilled with the new arrival — the family’s older cat, Pickle. A heartwarming chapter book from the Pet Rescue Adventures series featuring black and white illustrations throughout. When Hailey’s family goes away for the night, Isla offers to “cat-sit”. But to Isla’s surprise, Hailey’s new kitten, Silky, is clearly terrified of Pickle, Hailey’s older cat. How can Isla break the news to Hailey that her new kitten is so unhappy? Me and Spike were hoping to read this one together but its taking a little…

  • Book review of The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford Smith
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    The Fox and The Star – Coralie Pickford-Smith

    ‘Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths each night. But then one night Star wasn’t there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone…’ *** The Fox and the Star is an absolutely stunning picture book, but don’t think that it’s just for children at all. Everyone, young and old will see the beauty in this book and it should be read by all. I was drawn to The Fox and The Star by its beautiful cover. We have the beautiful paperback with the fox on…

  • Book review of Here Lie The Secrets by Emma Young
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    Here Lie The Secrets – Emma Young

    Mia’s best friend Holly died when they were thirteen. But years later, Holly still hasn’t left her.Spending the summer in New York, Mia is hoping to escape the visions of Holly that haunt her life at home. There she meets Rav, a parapsychology student, who convinces her to take part in a study into why some people see ghosts. Soon she is caught up in the investigation of Halcyon House, which is reputed to be haunted by a poltergeist. As Mia confronts her fears, what she learns about the house and herself will change her life forever. *** Here Lie The Secrets is a mystery like no other. It starts…

  • book review of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Image is blog title with image of the book on a wooden background.
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    Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

    Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry…

  • Book review of the Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman. Image is blog graphic with book title and author on green background and a copy of the book on a wooden background
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    The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

    Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Forty years…

  • book review of Dragon Detective schools out by Gareth P Jones
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    Dragon Detective: School’s Out by Gareth P Jones

    Holly is desperate to be sleuthing with her partner-in-solving-crime, dragon Dirk Dilly, but instead she’s stuck at her exclusive boarding school for children of the rich and famous. She’s determined to escape, until she meets Callum, the son of the Prime Minister, who claims he was kidnapped by dragons a year ago and hasn’t been the same since. And when Dirk’s own investigation into dragon activity brings him to the school, the two cases collide. What if Callum isn’t as crazy as he seems? *** Having read some of Gareth P Jones’ books before, I was fully expecting lots of adventure and coolness from Dragon Detective: School’s Out. And it…

  • book review of The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock with book cover and blog title graphic
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    The Snow Dragon – Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock

    You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting… In Griselda Bone’s gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog Herb, is it possible that, just when things seem at their bleakest, magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air?  *** This beautiful story was on my to buy list for Spike from the minute I saw it. Unfortunately she doesn’t share my excitement for amazing authors just yet, so we ended up picking something else every time we were in Waterstones. Despite the amazing dragon on the cover. Spike picked it…