• We’re off to find a unicorn by Eloise White and Cory Reid
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    Blog Tour – We’re Off to Find A Unicorn – Eloise White & Cory Reid

    We’ve hunted for bears, elves,and eggs, now we’re hunting for everyone’s favourite – unicorns! Search for the unicorns on each page and find out about the worlds endangered animals along the way. We’re Off to Find a Unicorn is along the same vein as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. There is rhyme throughout and you follow a family as they try and find a unicorn. On each page they believe they might have found a unicorn, but find instead an endangered animal.  Some of the animals they found I wasn’t even sure I’ve even heard of, so they prompted questions from Spike which led to conversations about those animals…

  • Mortlock by Jon Mayhew
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    Mortlock – Jon Mayhew

    Josie is a knife thrower. Alfie is an undertakers assistant, They are both orphans and they have never met, but their lives are about to collide. They are about to be given a secret to their shared past, and someone is after what they know about it. While they flee for their lives, they must unravel the truth.  I wanted to read spooky books, and only spooky books during October. This was to get me in the mood for Halloween. And in the mood I got!  Mortlock was spooky, and at times downright terrifying. The bad guys were evil and disgusting and the whole setting was often creepy. Set in…

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    Good Omens – Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman

    “It was a nice day.  All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn’t been invented yet. But clouds massing east of Eden suggested that the first thunderstorm was on its way, and it was going to be a big one.”  According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Anges Nutter – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea….  *** With the TV show of Good Omens airing recently, I knew the time had come to read this book. I’ve been meaning…

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    A Face Like Glass – Frances Hardinge

    “One dark season, Grandible became certain there was something living in his domain within the cheese tunnels. To judge by the scuffles, it was larger than a rat, and smaller than a horse. On nights when hard rain beat the mountainside high above, and filled Caverna’s vast labyrinth of tunnels with the music of ticks and trickles and drips, the intruding creature sang to itself, perhaps thinking nobody could hear.”  As skilled craftsmen create delicacies for the Grand Steward across Caverna, Grandible is hiding a secret. Neverfell must never be seen. Not truly. For she is a girl with no memory and a face so incredible that she must wear…

  • The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven on a wooden background
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    The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

    “Hello. Look, you probably bought this book because you read the blurb about how I’m an impoverished orphan and also at the heart of a national slut-shaming scandal, and you thought, Oh great, this is just the kind of heart-wrenching tale I need to feel better about my own life, but seriously, you have to relax. I am not some pitiful Oliver-Twist-meets-Kim-Kardashian type figure.” Izzy O’Neil is an impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian, and if you read the tabloids everything that is wrong with the youth of today. Finding herself in the middle of a sex scandal involving a politicians son and a garden bench her life starts to fall apart.…

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    Teaching Spike about amazing women this International Women’s Day

    Today is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with books!  This year we were lucky enough to be gifted some incredible books from Egmont to highlight incredible women. Two for me and two for Spike… And I wanted to share them with you today.  Captain Sparklebeard – Spike’s picture book I knew as soon as I saw Captain Sparklebeard by Tim Knapman and Sam Lloyd that I wanted it for our collection. spoilers ahead! A book about a little girl who wants to eats ape the horrible life she has, who is shunned by pirates for being a girl… yet goes on to become the best…

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    What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

    “Arthur – Monday, July 9th I am not a New Yorker, and I want to go home.  There are so many unspoken rules when you live here, like the way you’re never supported to stop in the middle of the sidewalk or stare dreamily up at tall buildings or pause to read graffiti. No giant folding maps, no fanny packs, no eye contact. No humming songs from Dear Evan Hansen in public.” Arthur and Ben. Non-native New Yorker thrown into the city, and New Yorker through and through. After a chance meeting at the post office the boys leave wondering. What if they can’t find each other again, what if…

  • I'll Be Home For Christmas on a wood backdrop with title in banner
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    I’ll be Home For Christmas – a YA Anthology

    Supporting homeless charity Crisis, this collection of short stories explores the lives of a number of young adults as they venture into very different Christmases. I have enjoyed reading short stories more and more since having Spike. I don’t have the time to commit to a book in full anymore and short stories give me the ideal reason to pick up a book for 10 minutes. This is why I thought I’ll be Home for Christmas was the ideal thing to read over the Christmas period last year. It features a number my favourite authors; Cat Clarke, Non Pratt and Juno Dawson. As well as a couple I’ve been meaning…

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    We Come Apart – Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

    “Caught You have to be quick, none of this pretending to be browsing business that some shoplifters go for. It’s in grab what you want and out again.” Jess is pro at shoplifting. But she’s not so pro at making friends. Thats why she gets thrown into the Reparation Scheme. Nicu misses home and hates being stuck in this foreign land. He wants nothing more than to go home, until he gets caught stealing a bar of chocolate and meets Jess. *** I have mentioned it before and will probably mention it again, but I love books written in verse. Especially when they are written by Sarah Crossan like We…

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    Wolfy – Grégoire Solotareff

    “There was once a rabbit who had never seen a wolf… …and a young wolf who had never seen a rabbit. The young wolf’s uncle decided to take him out for his first ever hunting trip. But that day, the old wolf was in such a hurry, he crashed into a rock and fell down dead.”   Wolfy and Tom meet and become good friends. Tom the rabbit teaches the wolf to play marbles, read, count and fish. Wolfy teaches Tom to run very, very fast. But eventually their friendship is tested by the classic game Who’s-afraid-of-the-big-bad-wolf? Can the little rabbit and the young wolf remain best friends in all…