• Book Review,  Reviews

    Q&A with Kim Hood – author of Finding A Voice

    Today I am joined by the author Kim Hood to talk about her debut book Finding a Voice, which I absolutely adored and came out via O’Brien Press on August 11th. You can read my review of it here. Your book, Finding A Voice, focuses on mental illness, coping with the pressures of life and the idea that people don’t always come across as being the way you expect them to be, how did the story come about and was there any major inspiration for the book? I truly am not sure how the story came about.  I suppose like any story, it came from my experiences in life weaving in…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#91)

    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. This weeks letterbox is actually two weeks’ worth and has a fair few books on it, most of which arrived yesterday! So I have split them all into groups. The first is bought and for review with gifted as the second, more on that further down the post! Thanks for stopping by!  For Review: Opal Plumstead – Jacqueline Wilson!!!!!!  (link) – (unsolicited)  Ok, so…

  • Guest Post

    Inspriations for Evie Brooks Marooned In Manhattan: Guest Blog by Sheila Agnew

    Today I have the lovely Sheila Agnew on the blog talking about her inspirations for Evie Brooks: Marooned in Manhattan. My review for the book was up yesterday and it really is a great story for any middle graders out there looking for a nice contemporary story about finding out who you really are. I’ll hand over to Sheila so she can tell you more. I am irresistibly attracted to books that are a combination of darkness and humour. In modern times, that potent mixture is near its very best in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It’s a semi-autobiographical young adult novel narrated by Arnold Spirit,…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan – Sheila Agnew

    “Lashing out furiously like a corned dog, I managed to free the collar of my cardigan from the security guard’s grip and started to free fall into a void, my long hair trailing swiftly behind me. It was blacker in the rubbish chute than the darkest, loneliest part of the night.  The noise echoing around me was the most horrible part; the high-pitched scream of a terrified child in a blind panic. It was only later I realised I was the child and the scream came from me” Twelve year old Evie is an orphan. Or at least as far as she’s aware, she is. Her mum has died and…