Book Review: The Storm Keeper’s Island

The Storm Keeper’s Island Written by Catherine Doyle 320 pages Published by Bloomsbury UK Publication date: 12th July 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): ‘Magical in every way’ EOIN COLFER ‘Funny, dark and blazingly beautiful’ KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE ‘So magical and wild that it’s like being swept away by the sea’ KATHERINE RUNDELL Fionn Boyle and his…

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl with the Dragon Heart

The Girl with the Dragon Heart Written by Stephanie Burgis 240 pages Published by Bloomsbury Publication date: 9th August 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and protected by dragons, there was a girl so fearless that she dared to try to tell the greatest story of…

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…

June Round-Up

Monthly Round-Up for June See my monthly round-ups for January, February, March, April and May. June has been yet another incredibly busy month – in work, I have written all my reports, assessed my pupils against a myriad of statements and taken a group a 70 10-11 years olds to Wales for a week! How…

Book rainbow: Green Books Part 5

Green Book Stack Part 5 See parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 by clicking on the numbers, or see the Red, Orange or Yellow stack by clicking on the colour that you would like to see. This was one of the tougher colours for me to gather as green doesn’t seem as popular as black,…

Multilingual flashcard: Crown

Crown in 10 languages Special headgear has been used to denote royalty or importance since ancient times – for example, the headdresses worn by the Ancient Egyptians to symbolise kingship or the laurel wreath used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans to symbolise victory in sporting events or war. Crowns are often used as symbols…

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…

Waiting on Wednesday: Archenemies

Archenemies Renegades Series Book 2 of 3 Written by Marissa Meyer 560 pages Published by Feiwei and Friends Publication date: 6th November 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. Time is running out. Together,…

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…

Six for Sunday: Metallic Books

Metallic Books A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke Red, red, the lights glow red Beware the danger up ahead… On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colours have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a…