Happy book birthday!

I don’t know what it is about the 8th February but there are an insane number of brilliant books out today from various publishers. I’m guessing it must be that they have realized that all of us bookworms are in need of a pick-me-up! I mean, it’s February – it’s cold and grey, Christmas cheer…

Book Review: Shadow Weaver

Shadow Weaver Written by MarcyKate Connolly 308 pages Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Publication date: 1st January 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem… Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend…

Book Review: Flower Moon

Flower Moon Written by Gina Linko 157 pages Published by Sky Pony Press Publication date: 2nd January 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they’ve been inseparable since birth. But it’s the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can…

Book Review: Bookshop Girl

The Bookshop Girl Written by Sylvia Bishop Illustrated by Ashley King 176 pages Published by Scholastic Publication date: 2nd March 2017 Age range: 8+ Summary (from Goodreads): This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years…

Book Review: How to Catch a Witch

How to Catch a Witch Written by Abie Longstaff 240 pages Published by: Scholastic UK Publication date: 6th October 2016 Age range: 10+ Summary (from Goodreads): Charlie and her family have moved from the big city to a small country village, and everything feels wrong. Their cottage is old and creepy. Anxiety about her new…

Book Review: Do You Speak Chocolate?

Written by Cas Lester 288 pages Published by: Piccadlly Press Publication date: 24th August 2017 Summary (from Goodreads): A story of friendship, laughter … and more than a little chocolate ‘Do you speak chocolate?’ Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who doesn’t speak any English – by offering…

Book Review: Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball Written and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson 228 pages Published by Egmont UK Publication date: 5th October 2017 Age range: 6 + Summary (from Netgalley – Goodreads) A gorgeously gothic, wickedly funny new series from Witch Wars illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson. Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness…

Book Review: Wolf Children

Wolf Children Written by Paul Dowswell 290 pages Published by Bloomsbury Publication date: 24th August 2017 Age range: 13 + Summary (from Goodreads): It is July 1945, Hitler’s Third Reich has fallen, and Berlin is in ruins. Living on the edge of survival in the cellar of an abandoned hospital, Otto and his ragtag gang…

Book Review: Ban This Book

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz 256 pages Published by Starscape & Tor/Forge (Imprint of Macmillan USA) Age range: MG (9 +) Summary: (from Goodreads) –Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero…. Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one’s for you.- –Kathi Appelt, author of…