I was first drawn to this book by its intriguing title and the glowing recommendation it had received from Philip Pullman (one of my literary heroes.) Upon commencing reading, it soon because clear that this was going to be a very special book indeed. Narrated by the amazing ape (and first engineer), the sea-faring Sally … Continue reading ‘The Murderer’s Ape,’ by Jakob Wegelius.
After loving Sheehan's first novel, the Carnegie nominated 'Swan Boy,' I was delighted to be invited to review her latest book - 'Goodnight, Boy.' It follows the life of JC, who has been banished to live in the dog's kennel by his new adoptive father after doing something so terrible he can't bring himself to … Continue reading ‘Goodnight, Boy,’ by Nikki Sheehan.
After the roaring success of of Kiran's first novel (The Girl of Ink and Stars, overall winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2017), I was eagerly anticipating the release of her next one. Fortunately, due to her well-deserved award win, the publication date was pushed forward and I was able to get my hands on … Continue reading ‘The Island at the End of Everything,’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, cover by Helen Crawford-White.
Introducing the first in a new series of children's books about the diverse Lottery family, from the highly acclaimed author, Emma Donoghue. This heart of this book is nine-year-old bookworm, Sumac, who is struggling to come to terms with her grandfather (Grumps) coming to live with her family after being diagnosed with dementia. The Lotterys … Continue reading ‘The Lotterys Plus One,’ by Emma Donoghue, illustrations by Caroline Hadilaksono.
*NEWSFLASH! – Huge congratulations to Kiran Millwood Hargrave on being awarded the prize of overall winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2017 last night.*
Isabella is a mapmaker’s daughter – ink flows through her veins. But she’s forbidden to leave her village on the coast of Joya to explore the uncharted areas of the island. But then a young girl is attacked in the orchard and Isabella’s best friend (and the cruel Governor’s daughter) goes missing.
Feeling responsible for her friend’s disappearance, Isabella is determined to lead the search party. She’s also determined to explore the Forbidden Territories and map the areas her father wasn’t able to. She soon discovers a secret hidden within her mother’s precious map which will guide her as she’s forced to navigate the deadly labyrinth hidden deep below the island where the mythical fire demon, Yote, is said to live. The map, along with her knowledge of the stars…
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This delicious book came with me on holiday - even superheroes need a break! I whiled away my time on the plane dreaming of Lovers' Lemon and Choc-Chip Shortbread and Raspberry Fool - all the time hoping that life would soon get better for Liv. As if life for a fourteen-year-old girl isn't complicated enough, Liv … Continue reading ‘Caramel Hearts’ by E.R. Murray
** DOUBLE NEWSFLASH!!! ** More congratulations in order - the author of this fabulous bbook has just won British Children's Book of the Year at the #Nibbies Awards! Absolutely not surprised! *NEWSFLASH!* Huge congratulations to Kiran Millwood Hargrave on being awarded the prize of overall winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2017 last night.* … Continue reading ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.
Johnny has a lot to deal with: he and his little brother, Mojo, are still struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of their father; he's had to move to a new house in a new neighbourhood; and the school bully just can't seem to leave him alone. After a strange encounter with a … Continue reading ‘Swan Boy’ by Nikki Sheehan
*WIN - Comment below with the title of the song which would make you a viral sensation to win a copy of this brilliant book!* (competition ends on 6th April 2016) 'If I'd known that two million people were going to be watching, I'd probably have done a bit of tidying up.' Katie Cox was just … Continue reading ‘Accidental Superstar’ by Marianne Levy
It's not everyday you read a book which instantly becomes one of your favourites, but this week it happened to me. "There were friends once, but they melted away. Things are different now I am a MONSTER." If that line doesn't get your attention, nothing will! Fran's survived a terrifying plane crash in the middle of … Continue reading ‘The Island’ by Olivia Levez
Tommy's in Hell. Literally. Ever since she was sucked down into the afterlife, all the locals have refused to accept her. She may have saved Hell from carnivorous carousel horses and hoardes of hell-beasts, with the help of her best friend, Jinx (the actual spawn of Satan) but the other demons just won't accept a … Continue reading ‘The D’Evil Diaries – Hell’s Belles’ by Tatum Flynn