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  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
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    Ghosts – Raina Telgemeier

    Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears…

  • The Deviants by CJ Skuse on a wooden background with a blue overlay with the title of the blog on it
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    The Deviants – CJ Skuse

    When you set out for revenge, dig two graves Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her. Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella…

  • Home by Mark Ballabon
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    Home – Mark Ballabon

    14-year-old Leah loves wilderness survival books. In fact, sometimes she wishes she could escape into the wild. Then she could get away from the body image obsession at school and the bullies who pick on her little brother, Aiden. As long as she could still braid her hair, she could definitely survive without home comforts… and she could explore her passion for stargazing.  But alone in the woods one night, Leah’s life is transformed. She has the strangest sensation of gliding across the night sky, among millions of dazzling stars. This profound experience sparks a burning question in Leah that no one seems able to answer.  Desperate to broaden her…

  • The Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine on a white wooden background with blog graphic overlay
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    The Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine

    You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store! Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice… ​*** Middle grade adventures and mysteries make me happy, and this book really sparked the excitement I used to find from middle grade fiction when I was younger. I absolutely adored going back in time with Katherine Woodfine…

  • A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven on a wooden background with blog title overlay
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    A Girl Called Shameless – Laura Steven

    Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay. It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn. Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world…

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    Fire Becomes Her – Rosiee Thor

    Flare is power. With only a drop of flare, one can light the night sky with fireworks . . . or burn a building to the ground–and seventeen-year-old Ingrid Ellis wants her fair share. Ingrid doesn’t have a family fortune, monetary or magical, but at least she has a plan: Rise to the top on the arm of Linden Holt, heir to a hefty political legacy and the largest fortune of flare in all of Candesce. Her only obstacle is Linden’s father who refuses to acknowledge her. So when Senator Holt announces his run for president, Ingrid uses the situation to her advantage. She strikes a deal to spy on…

  • My Side Of The Diamond by Sally Gardner on a wooden background with a blog graphic overlay which says My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner Book Review
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    My Side of the Diamond – Sally Gardner

    An extraordinary tale about the search for love from the acclaimed Costa and Carnegie winning novelist Sally Gardner. Jazmin has been shunned ever since her best friend Becky disappeared. But Becky didn’t just disappear – she jumped off a tall building and seemingly never reached the ground. It was as if she simply vanished into thin air. Did Jazmin have something to do with her disappearance? Or was it more to do with Icarus, so beguiling and strangely ever youthful, with whom Becky became suddenly besotted . . . *** I have read a couple of Sally Gardner books over the years and when I saw this one in our…

  • Any Way The Wind Blows - Rainbow Rowell
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    Any Way The Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) – Rainbow Rowell

    In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages – and if he doesn’t, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope…

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    A 2021 reading update and a look ahead to 2022

    Every year since I started blogging in 2010, I have been tracking my read books on Goodreads. Since 2011 I have aimed for a certain number of books for my Goodreads Challenge, that first year I read over 150 books. In 2012 I hit 185, 2013 was 174. I know in those years there were books that didn’t get added because they weren’t on Goodreads too. Needless to say, the book reading levels have gone down since then. Especially since I had Spike. I have learnt not to set my challenge high over recent years but when I managed 54 in 2020 (fuelled mainly by the pandemic and lockdowns) I…

  • Afterlove by Tanya Byrne on a wooden background
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    Afterlove – Tanya Byrne

    Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death. Car headlights. The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars. But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she? This New Year’s Eve, Ash is gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can’t decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city’s dead to await their fate. But Ash can’t forget her first love, Poppy,…