Book Rainbow: Red Books Part 4

Continuing with the stack of red books with a quick summary and review of another four from the pile – see Part 1, 2 and 3 (starting from the bottom of the pile and moving upwards)

Have you read any of these books? Any you would recommend?

IMG_2813Next up in our stack are:

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can—in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

I read this when studying my PGCE at university after being recommended (by Lou)  and loving another of Annabel Pitcher’s books, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. (This is definitely worth a read if you haven’t come across it already!) While Zoe is not immediately the most likable of protagonists and we suffer as readers from being limited only to her perspective, this book is a thoughtful look at the grieving process.

The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison

While visiting her grandmother’s house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby – a girl Tanya’s grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker’s son, is tormented by the girl’s disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. Can it help them to unravel the mystery? Soon they are facing terrible danger. Could the manor’s sinister history be about to repeat itself?

Apparently I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads…not sure why because I love it so much! This book brings in lots of the dark elements of the folklore I was raised on and does it so well. I highly recommend the whole trilogy and am planning a reread soon, ideally when I go home to Ireland next Spring and can read them in the wild landscape where it’s difficult not to believe in things beyond what you can see. I borrowed this from the library initially, then bought my own copy.


Tilly and The Time Machine by Adrian Edmondson

Tilly is seven and a half – and about to make history.

When Tilly’s dad builds a time machine in the shed there’s only one place she really wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes and her mummy was still here.

But then something goes wrong! Tilly’s dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him . . . Will they make it back in time for tea?

Received this as a gift from on of my pupils at the end of last year – apparently the fact that I love books and read to my class constantly has paid off in two ways: parents and children tell me they are reading more, and I also get books as presents from the children. Ashamed to say that I haven’t read it yet, but am looking forward to it – have stuck the note from the child inside where she says ‘This is my favourite, I hope you love it too!’

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.

Cornelia Funke is one of my favourite authors and I will pick up any book by her without even reading the blurb – as long as she wrote it I need to read it! One of my all-time favourite books is Reckless and that series. Inkheart is probably the most famous of her books and has even been made into a movie. For any book-lover this is a must-read as Meggie’s father can literally make books come to life!

How do you feel about the four books featured today?

Do you have any on your shelves or are there any you would like to add?

Any recommendations for other books I might like after enjoying these?


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