• Book Review

    Pop! – Catherine Bruton

    “Rules of Talent TV No: 1: Come up with a great story I’ve always been good at making up stories. I get it from me mam. She reckons the more outrageous you make a story the more likely people are to believe it – and she’s had plenty of practice at telling whoppers, so she should know.” The factory workers are on strike. For Elfie’s family – who’s dad laughed the strike – that means no money and her mum can’t cope with that so she’s out. For Jimmy’s family it means no money, and with his swimming training it means more pressure so that he can gain sponsorship. Money…

  • Guest Post

    I Predict a Riot Blog Tour: Movies and Mayhem by Catherine Bruton

    Today I have the amazingly awesome Catherine Bruton, author of We Can Be Heroes, POP! and I Predict a Riot, talking about movies and their influence on her books, including I Predict a Riot which came out earlier this month, published by Electric Monkey! I will hand over to Catherine now and maybe you will find something you want to give a watch, or will want to read the book even more  *** When I was a kid, we weren’t allowed to watch much TV. In fact, only Blue Peter, Newsround and Playschool were allowed in our house. No Dr Who, no Grange Hill, no Charlie’s Angels, no Cagney and Lacey (…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    I Predict a Riot – Catherine Bruton

    “It’s been a year since everything happened, but I still have bad dreams. Dreams of last summer – of me and Tokes and Little Pea – in the park, under the arches, racing through burning streets on the night the city was in flames. Its like a movie running through my head- the same on night after night. Then I wake up to the sound of waves and I remember how the story ends.” Amateur film-maker Maggie thinks she is invisible behind her camera, she thinks no one notices when she walks down Coronation Road recording the clashing of culture it presents. When one day she records the start of…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#81)

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about. Two weeks worth of fantastic books, even Tony the T-rex is excited!  For Review:  The Apple Tart of Hope – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald  I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what this one is about but with a title like that, comparisons to Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd and fantastic things said about this authors first book, I want to read it…

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    We Can Be Heroes – Catherine Bruton

    “My Dad was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York. I was only two at the time so I don’t really remember him much, although when people ask, I say I do. People ask about my dad a lot. I usually respond with a shrug or by looking at my shoes. But no one seems to mind: it’s ok if I’m rude or even a bit weird at times, because I’m the boy whose dad died on 9/11” Ben’s dad died on 9/11 but this book isn’t about that. It’s about the summer that his mum is ill so he stays with his granny and granddad with his cousin…