Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler

If, like me, you are one of those readers who is very often influenced by the cover of a book when choosing what to read, I can’t but help think that you will fully understand what it was that drew me to this new title – the debut from writer Aisling Fowler. Promising an incredibleContinue reading “Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler”

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Paddy Donnelly

There are some authors whose various books I have read and found to be a bit of a mixed bag, with some of their titles holding me spellbound and others leaving me cold, some who despite their popularity with children and my Twitter friends fail to engage me at all, and others who have yetContinue reading “Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Paddy Donnelly”

Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Margaux Kent

Lemony Snicket is one of those Marmite authors – one, in my experience at least, whose books you either get and enjoy, or don’t get and they leave you cold. It is quite a few years ago now that I read the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, which tell the story of the BaudelaireContinue reading “Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Margaux Kent”

Shadowghast (The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea 3) by Thomas Taylor

I’ve always been a reader. I still remember now the excitement I felt as a child when I was taken to visit the book department in Jarrolds – a large independent department store in Norwich – to buy the latest Dr Who title from publisher Target with my pocket money. Now – as an adult,Continue reading “Shadowghast (The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea 3) by Thomas Taylor”

The Misadventures of Nicholas Nabb by Jenny Moore

Having a keen interest in reading, and wanting to keep an eye out for new books, I follow many other like-minded people on Twitter and keep a close eye on what they are reading – both the titles they choose to read and those they are sent to review – and this is a storyContinue reading “The Misadventures of Nicholas Nabb by Jenny Moore”

The Royal Rebel: The Life of Suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh by Bali Rai, illustrated by Rachael Dean

Over the past year, like many other educators, I have a made a big effort to ensure that the books I share in school have been more representative of our society as a whole, and in my role as English Lead have tried to ensure my colleagues have done the same. As well as this,Continue reading “The Royal Rebel: The Life of Suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh by Bali Rai, illustrated by Rachael Dean”

The Ice Whisperers by Helenka Stachera, illustrated by Marco Guadalupi

Finding myself yet again browsing Net Galley, despite my ever-increasing pile of traditional paper reads, I was drawn to the beautiful cover of this book – and to the tagline it carries proclaiming this to be the story of two sisters born forty thousand years apart. Curious to find out more, I read the blurbContinue reading “The Ice Whisperers by Helenka Stachera, illustrated by Marco Guadalupi”

How I Saved The World in a Week by Polly Ho-Yen, illustrated by George Ermos

Popping in to my local bookshop at the start of the week to ask them to order in a couple of titles that had been recommended to me, I thought I’d have a quick look to see if they had any new titles in and was thrilled to see this – a book which hadContinue reading “How I Saved The World in a Week by Polly Ho-Yen, illustrated by George Ermos”

No Ordinary Joe by Siobhán Daffy

As a child growing up in the 1970s, I really wasn’t very aware of people who in any way were seen as being different because in those less-enlightened times inclusion in mainstream schools wasn’t really a thing. I remember clearly meeting the daughter of a friend of my uncle who had Down Syndrome and notContinue reading “No Ordinary Joe by Siobhán Daffy”

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