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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

    We were very lucky to have hit the theatre in London last week to watch the fantastic and highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As many of you may know, I am very, very into Harry Potter. I loved the series when I read it. I love the movies. I dress my child and myself in Harry Potter themed clothing and I even have a Harry Potter bedspread. So needless to say, I was very much looking forward to the stage show. I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last year, not long after the book came out. I wasn’t overly impressed with the story, but I did…

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    Kings of the Castle – Victoria Turnbull 

    “’Be back by dawn!’ George didn’t want to waste the night moonbathing He wanted to build a sandcastle” When George sets out for a night of sandcastle building, he doesn’t expect to be met by a sea creature by the name of Nepo. As the two try to understand each other, and Boris the dog gets in the way, a true friendship forms. Together they are magical, together they can do anything. Together they can be Kings of the Castle. ***   What a beautiful story and what stunning images!   You will need to see this book in person to understand its true beauty. It’s the reason I picked…

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    Goodnight Baby Moon – James Mitchem & Claire Patane

    “The Rabbits gazed at the Moon and its cool, gentle light…  While out for their walk on a warm summer night.”  This very special bedtime tale about the moon is sure to set little ones on their own journey of amazing dreamland discoveries.  ***   Featuring a family of rabbits who spend their time looking at the moon, the story is a sweet, quick read about how the moon changes through the month and how it goes away but comes back again. Its the perfect way to teach little ones about the phases of the moon and how it disappears once a month then makes its way back into our…

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    Review: Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

    “For busy dogs a busy day Of busy work and busy play” It’s a dog’s life in the big city but there’s someone who doesn’t quite fit in. It’s lonely being the odd dog out, so she packs her case and travels around the world to try to find her place in it. Maybe it’ll take a different kind of journey for her to discover that the place she’s meant to be is right back where she started. *** I absolutely adore this picture book. I think its quite possibly one of my favourite of all time… and I keep reading it to Spike because she seems to enjoy it…

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    Marly’s Ghost – David Levithan

    “Marly was dead, to begin with. There was no doubt whatsoever about that. I had been there. When she went off the treatments, she decided she wanted to die at home, and she wanted me to be there with her family. So I sat, and I waited, and I was destroyed.”  Its been four months since Ben’s girlfriend Marly died. Four long, hard months filled with grief, sadness and loneliness. He cannot get her off his mind and has retreated from his friends. With Valentine’s Day approaching Ben feels more alone and miserable than ever, and he isn’t afraid to share that misery. He is ignoring his friends, telling a…

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    Back to Blackbrick – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

    “My granddad was pretty much the cleverest person I eve met so it was strange in the end to see the way people treated him – as if he was a complete moron. We were waiting for a train one day, not bothering anyone, when this boy said to me,  ‘Hey. Hey you. What’s wrong with the old man?’  In fairness, my granddad did happen to be in the middle of quite a long conversation with a lamp post. But still, it didn’t give the boy the right to be nosy.”  Cosmo’s grandfather is forgetting everything. Who Cosmo is, where Brian went and even his own life story. Cosmo is determined to…

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    The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson

    “One afternoon, when I was eight years old, my class was told to write about what we wanted to be when we grew up. Miss Box went round the class, asking each one of us to stand up and share what we had written. Zachary Olsen wanted to play for the premier league. Lexi Taylor wants to be an Actress. Harry Beaumont planned on being Prime Minister. Simon Allen wanted to be Harry Potter, so badly that the previous term he had scratched a lightening bolt on to his forehead with a pair of craft scissors.  But I didn’t want to be any of these things.”  When rumoured bad boy…

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    Captive – AJ Grainger

    “My little sister, Addy, is playing with her Baby Betty doll on the stairs of Number 10. Her collection of dolls is pushed up against the wooden panelling on the fourteenth step, the one that thats the stairs around the first bend. She shouldn’t be here. She should be up in our flat, getting ready to leave.” Robyn, her mother and her baby sister are on the way to spend time with her grandparents. Leaving her father behind to run the country Robyn is worried, and rightly so. Her father, the Prime Minister, was shot just three months ago and things have been tense at Downing Street ever since. Robyn’s…

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    The Winter Wolf – Holly Webb

    “Tangled Branches tapped at the windows as the car nosed down the track towards the house. Amelia shivered happily. It was a bit like a fairy tale, this huge, old, abandoned house, deep in the countryside. There had been a sign at the end of the track, half grown over with ivy. Amelia had just about been able to see that it said ‘Allen House’.” Amelia is excited for her Scottish Christmas break in the old house that now belonged to her mum and her mum’s aunt. The house was in the middle of nowhere and it would be a proper family Christmas. However she didn’t expect that her cousin…

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    My True Love Gave to Me – Edited by Stephanie Perkins

    In this collection of twelve tales we meet an orphan who falls for a god, a jewish boy who is willing to do anything for his boyfriend – even be santa, and a couple who took far too long to realise they were meant to be. Each story written by a major name in YA romance, My True Love Gave To Me will melt your heart on the cold winter nights and make you believe again.  *** This book was brilliant, it was just what I needed in the run up to the Christmas period and it gave me tingles thinking about some of the fresh romances that were present…