• Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#82)

    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. Awesome books the past couple of weeks! Can’t wait to dig in!  For Review:  The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes – Soman Chainani published: April 15th 2014 The Giver – Lois Lowry  published: March 27th 2014 Maybe One Day – Melissa Kantor  published: 27th March 2014  These three books came from HarperCollins, thanks guys, and look great. The second in…

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    Who Framed Klaris Cliff – Nikki Sheehan

    “We were talking about the old days, and I remembered the weirdest things. Like people calling them ‘friends’. And how they said they were good for your brain. Some families even laid a place for them at dinner.  Then I thought about the day it changed. The day Shorefield happened.  It was on TV. A newsflash cut through the kids’ programmes. We saw the victims being rolled out on trolleys, their faces covered over. A camera zoomed in on a small hand dangling from underneath a sheet.” Joseph had never been good at imagining things, he was good at Maths and Science, not creative things like Art and English. Which…

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    Haunted – William Hussey

    “‘You gotta bring them back the head, Henry, or it won’t count. Good luck.’ Henry Torve sidestepped through a gap in the rusted bars, his teeth clenching at the clatter-clang of the gate. Ever since he’d heard the stories about this place, most of them told by his cousin Emma, he had dreamed of this moment: his leg reaching through the gate, his foot touching down upon the cursed earth, and then… he shivered. Henry wouldn’t let go of the bars, not yet, the others might notice how his hands shook.” When Henry is dared to go into the cursed Funland theme park, deserted for years since its owner blew…

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    Oliver and the Seawigs – Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

    “Oliver Crisp was only ten years old, but they had been a very busy and exciting ten years, because Oliver’s mother and father were explorers. They met on the top of Mount Everest.  They had been married at the Lost Temple of Amon Hotep, and had spent their honeymoon searching for the elephant’s graveyard. And when young Oliver was born they simply bought themselves a back-carrier and an off-road baby-buggy and went right on exploring.” Oliver’s parents have exhausted all exploration locations. It would appear they have explored to the end of the world and back. So now its time to settle down. Oliver couldn’t be happier about the news…

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    Waiting For Gonzo – Dave Cousins

    “Listen, G – this is important and there isn’t much time. I want you to know what really happened, because things weren’t supposed to end like this. I blame Michael Duchamp, but he’s dead, so there’s not much anybody can do to him now. When he drew a moustache and a goatee beard on a copy of the Mona Lisa – which is probably the most famous painting in the world – he said he did it becuase he wanted to challenge people’s perception of what art could be. He was lying. He did it because if was funny. Moustaches are funny. End of Story  Except in this case, G.…

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    15 Days Without a Head – Dave Cousins

    “The front door slams. Mum’s back. It sounds like a dead body hitting the ground as she dumps her stuff in the hall and goes straight to the kitchen. I hear the thud of a bottle on the table, the crack of the cap, then the slow glug as liquid spills into a glass.” Laurence knows his mum has a problem, but he does the best he can to make sure life isn’t too bad for him and six year old Jay. today is Tuesday, and his mum is in her happy hour, that one hour of good drunk when she will humour Jay and not shout at Laurence, but…

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    The Truth Sayer – Sally Prue

    “They came for Nian on the day of the hay feast. He saw the men as they toiled up to the farm, but he was working in the high fields and though nothing of it.Nian’s feast clothes were laid out on his sleeping mat. He shrugged himself into his tunic and tied his sash carefully. It was edged in scarlet to show he was the eldest son, and he was proud of it.”Nian has been recruited by the Lords of Truth, but their recruitment process isn’t the fairest and he is kept against his will at the House of Truth to become one of them. Whilst there he can think of…

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    Roscoe’s Leap – Gillian Cross

    “Stephen walked along the gallery with the Daily Telegraph under his arm, a bottle of milk in one hand and half a pound of frozen mince in the other. His trainers were almost silent, padding from diamond to daisy to diamond n the elaborate parquet floor. But no one would have heard him if he had run across in hobnailed boots. The noise of the water drowned out everything else.  For Hannah Roscoe’s Leap is just the huge, decaying house where she, her brother and her mother live. She spends all her time tinkering with the old mechanics of the house and trying to get a straight answer out of…

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    The Night Sky in my Head – Sarah Hammond

    “I’m going to sit very quietly and wait: that’s what you do with animals so they’re not scared of you. The mother-dog is watching me from her bed at the other end of the living-room. I’m miles away from her babies but she’s still worried.”  Mikey is different from others, he sees things, things he calls the Backwards. Ever since the accident he hasn’t been able to stop the shadows sometimes and has had to keep away from certain places. Mikey thinks the things he sees are bad and he tried to stop them but when he starts discovering things about his dads past and his dads recent disappearance he…

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    Extract: The Night Sky In My Head – Sarah Hammond

    Hello, today I have the first of four extracts of The Night Sky In My Head which Oxford University Press are sharing with everyone over the coming weeks. The next extract will be on Susan K Mann’s site next Thursday so please be sure to go visit! Goodreads Summary: Step backwards. Witness the murder. Find the truth Mikey Baxter isn’t like other fourteen year old boys. Not since the accident. The world sees him as damaged. But Mikey has a remarkable gift: the ability to go backwards in time and witness things that hide in the shadows. Now he must uncover the terrifying truth behind his dad’s disappearance. Before the…