Six for Sunday: Childhood Favourites

Six for Sunday: Childhood Favourites Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve joined in with #SixforSunday and I was so excited to shine a spotlight on kidlit during April…oh well, better late than never, right? The prompt for this week was actually 2018 favourites, but I am terrible at remembering release dates so I decided…

Library Loot: Aliens, Fences and Fairies

Library Loot: Aliens, Fences and Fairies Zero Repeat Forever by G. S. Prendergast The 5th Wave meets Beauty and the Beast in this fast-paced and heart-stopping novel about an invasion of murderous creatures and one girl fighting for her life at the end of the world. He has no voice or name, only a rank,…

Book Review: No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Book Review: No Ballet Shoes in Syria No Ballet Shoes in Syria Written by Catherine Bruton 272 pages Published by Nosy Crow Publication date: 2nd May 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya…

Library Loot: UK YA Bests

Library Loot: UK YA Bests This week’s library loot includes a book which I picked up just because it looked interesting (Help the Witch), The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James (after I read and loved The Loneliest Girl in the Universe) and three from the shortlist of the UK YA…

Book Review: Summer Bird Blue

Book Review: Summer Bird Blue Summer Bird Blue Written by Akemi Dawn Bowman 384 pages Published by Ink Road Books Publication date: 4th April 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is…

Book Review: Ayesha at Last

Book Review: Ayesha at Last Ayesha at Last Written by Uzma Jalaluddin 368 pages Published by Corvus Publication date: 4th April 2019 Summary(from Goodreads): A big-hearted, captivating, modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice, with hijabs instead of top hats and kurtas instead of corsets. AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a…

Book Review: Mira’s Curly Hair

Book Review: Mira’s Curly Hair Mira’s Curly Hair 32 pages Written by Maryam Al Serkal Illustrated by Rebeca Luciani Published by Lantana Publishing Publication date: 11th April 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Mira doesn’t like her hair. It curls at the front. It curls at the back. It curls everywhere! She wants it to be straight…

Six for Sunday: Favourite LGBT Characters

Six for Sunday: Favourite LGBT Characters Welcome back to another week of #SixForSunday! This week the theme is favourite LGBT characters and, while I came up with some straightaway, others were more difficult. Here are a few of my favourite characters, who also happen to identify as LGBT: Magnus Bane from The Shadowhunters world ‘I…

Book Review: Dragon Dancer

Book Review: Dragon Dancer Dragon Dancer Written by Joyce Chng Illustrated by Jérémy Pailler 38 pages Published by Lantana Publishing Publication date: 1st January 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): It is the eve of Chinese New Year. Lanterns are hung in the shopping malls and Yao is preparing to wake the ancient sky dragon, Shen Long,…

Six for Sunday: Favourite LGBT Books

Six for Sunday: Favourite LGBT Books Welcome back to another week of #SixforSunday The theme for this week is favourite LGBT books. As always, when I first heard the theme I worried that I wouldn’t be able to come up with enough books for the prompt, but once I got started I managed it quite…

Book Review: Welcome to Our World

Book Review: Welcome to Our World   Welcome to Our World Written by Moira Butterfield Illustrated by Harriet Lynas 64 pages Published by Nosy Crow Publication date: 7th June 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Children all over the world are very different, but they also have much in common. In this beautifully illustrated book, young children…

Waiting on Wednesday: Asha & the Spirit Bird

Waiting on Wednesday: Asha & the Spirit Bird   Asha and the Spirit Bird Written by Jasbinder Bilan ? pages Published by Chicken House Books Publication date: 7th February 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Asha lives on the family farm with her mother in rural India. Her father is away working in the city, and when…