Happy Publication Day: Folklore, islands, mermaids and bras!

Happy publication day to Spinning Silver,  The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was A Mermaid and A Bad Boy Stole My Bra. Spinning Silver Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s…

Waiting on Wednesday: Empress of All Seasons

Empress of All Seasons Written by Emiko Jean 384 pages Published by HMH Children’s Book Group Publication date: 6th November 2018 Genre: YA, Fantasy Summary (from Goodreads): In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems. Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive…

Book Extract: The Storm Keeper’s Island

Read on for your extract of the Waterstones book of the month for July 2018! The prologue and the first two chapters are included below – I guarantee that you will be enthralled – and would recommend buying the book first so you don’t have to suffer the frustration of waiting to read the rest……

Author Interview: Catherine Doyle

Author Interview: Catherine Doyle I am super excited to welcome Catherine to my blog today. I read an e-ARC of  The Storm-keeper’s Island (published yesterday and Waterstones book of the month for July) a few months ago and adored it. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions Catherine! Can you tell me…

Author Interview: Amanda Malben

Author Interview: Amanda Malben About the Author: Amanda Malben initially trained as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which gave her the tools to fit into any role that life threw at her; and there were many, from fabric designer, to chef, to teacher. During this time she scribbled down…

Book Review: Running from the Sky

Running from the Sky Written by Amanda Malben 144 pages Published by Wrate’s Publishing Publication date: 30th May 2018 Summary (from Amazon): Three years into the civil war that has turned his country upside down, Sami’s home village in Syria is hit by a deadly bomb attack and he is forced to leave behind everything…

Multilingual flashcard: Moat

Moat in 10 languages You can’t have your castle without a moat! Preferably filled with some nasty creatures that will have a nibble on anyone trying to cross the moat to attack you! Moats have been used since ancient times to provide a line or defence, whether they were dry or filled with water. The…

Waiting on Wednesday: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Written by Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Renee Ahdieh, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Cindy Pon, Alyssa Wong, Sona Charaipotra , Aisha Saeed , Lori M. Lee , Shveta Thakrar , Preeti Chhibber , E.C. Myers , Rahul Kanakia  336 pages Published by Greenwillow Books…

Wales for a week!

Wales for a week! By the time you read this I will already be in Wales…and completely without internet! Before this year I had never been to Wales, yet this is the second time this year that I will be going. The first (and last!) time was with a group of teachers to prepare for…

Book Rainbow: Green Books Part 4

Green Books Stack, Part 4 How many green books do you have on your shelves? This was the second-hardest colour to gather for me (the hardest was pink!) Check out the Red, Orange and Yellow piles by clicking on those colours. Check out the Part 1, 2 and 3 of the Green stack by clicking…

Multilingual flashcard: Royalty

Royalty in 10 languages Check out Princess, Prince, Queen and King in 10 languages by clicking on the name of each flashcard. Now learn how to say royalty in 10 languages! The word for ‘royalty’ also encapsulates the imperial or royal family in countries like Japan or China which traditionally had an emperor or empress…