• The Book of Hopes on wooden background with blog title written in a blue box
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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…

  • The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders on wooden background
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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…

  • Book review for I Will Not Be Erased by gal-dem
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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…

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    The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club – Alex Bell

    It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same. Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages . . . When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale? *** What can I say about The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club? Other than…

  • book review of Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
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    Wayward Son – Rainbow Rowell

    Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were…

  • A review of The Rules by Tracey Darnton
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    The Rules – Tracy Darnton

    Amber’s an expert when it comes to staying hidden – she’s been trained her whole life for it. But what happens when the person you’re hiding from taught you everything you know? When a letter from her dad arrives, Amber knows she’s got to move – and fast. He’s managed to find her and she knows he’ll stop at nothing to draw her back into the extreme survivalist way of life he believes in. All of a sudden the Rules she’s spent so long trying to escape are the ones keeping her safe. But for how long? I really need to stop picking up books that make me angry but…

  • Rocket Boy by Katie Jennings and Joe Lillington review
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    Rocket Boy – Katie Jennings and Joe Lillington

    Did you know that the sky on Mars is red? Callum Grant does and he knows a whole lot more about the solar system too. But he doesn t know what it would be like to see a Martian sunset with his own eyes. Until one day Callum sets off on an adventure unlike any other An uplifting story about the power of imagination, with full colour illustrations on every page. When this amazing book turned up on my doorstep I knew I had to read it soon. It’s another title Tiger Group illustrated hardback and its beautiful from the very first page. The illustrations pop out of the book…

  • 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…