• 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.…

  • The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan on a wooden background with blog title overlay
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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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    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…

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    The Box and The Dragonfly – Ted Sanders

    From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus – literally a sign with his name on it – everything in his normal little life changes. An encounter with the House of Answers, a magically hidden warehouse full of mysterious objects and even stranger people, only leads to more questions. These people think he’s special – a Keeper of an incredible gift – although scientifically-minded Horace isn’t so sure he really believes in that kind of thing. But then a confrontation with an impossibly tall, thin, creepy and undoubtedly menacing man makes him think twice… Horace must now quickly begin to unravel the mysteries of this hidden…

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    “I will not be erased” by gal-dem

    Fourteen funny, insightful and inspirational essays from gal-dem, the award-winning magazine and creative collective of young women of colour. gal-dem are an award-winning creative collective of young women of colour, described by the Guardian as “bubbling with energy, ideas and talent”. In this thought-provoking collection of fourteen essays, their writers take raw material from their teenage years – diaries, poems and chat histories – and explore growing up. Straight-talking, funny and insightful, the essays tackle important subjects including race, gender, mental health and activism, making this essential reading for any young person. I would like to start this review by pointing out that I’m not the intended audience of this…

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    How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne

    All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that. And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard. After reading The Places I’ve Cried in Public I knew that I needed to get more Holly Bourne books in my life. I’ve had this one sat on my bookshelf for…