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…

Waiting on Wednesday: Perfectly Preventable Deaths

Waiting on Wednesday: Perfectly Preventable Deaths Perfectly Preventable Deaths Written by Dierdre Sullivan 304 pages Published by Hot Key Books Publication date: 30th May 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Everyone in Ballyfran has a secret, and that is what binds them together… Fifteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfran, a strange…

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…

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,…

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…

Book Review: The Monkey King’s Daughter

The Monkey King’s Daughter Written by T. A. Bonis 148 pages Published by DVtvfilm.com Publication date: 1st June 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): The Monkey King’s Daughter isn’t about Sun Wukong, the Monkey King – it’s about his daughter, Meilin. Only, Meilin doesn’t know she’s the Monkey King’s daughter. In fact, she doesn’t know she’s half-monkey…

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019

Multicultural Children’s Book Day – 25th January 2019 I took part in Multicultural Children’s Book Day last year for the first time and was super excited to be involved again this year. It is an annual event designed to raise awareness of diverse books and get more people reading and sharing the wide range of…