Book Review: The Winter Garden

Welcome to the Winter Garden. Open only at 13 o’clock.
You are invited to enter an unusual competition.
I am looking for the most magical, spectacular, remarkable pleasure garden this world has to offer.

On the night her mother dies, 8-year-old Beatrice receives an invitation to the mysterious Winter Garden. A place of wonder and magic, filled with all manner of strange and spectacular flora and fauna, the garden is her solace every night for seven days. But when the garden disappears, and no one believes her story, Beatrice is left to wonder if it were truly real.

Book Review: The Raven Heir

Book Review: The Raven Heir The Raven Heir Written by Stephanie Burgis 272 pages Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books Publication date: 5th August 2021 Summary (from Goodreads): A set of magical triplets, two warring dynasties, and a broken crown waiting for its rightful owner… Deep within an enchanted forest lies a castle where a set…

December Round-Up

December Round-Up So, here we are at the end of the year and it simultaneously feels as if it has flown by and taken forever! A lot has happened in the past month alone, with a mad rush at the end of term ( as always!), a nightmare journey through an airport where planes were…

Six for Sunday: Advice for new bloggers

Six for Sunday: Advice for new bloggers I hardly feel qualified to give advice, but here are a few things I wish I had known when I first started blogging just over a year ago! Think carefully about your blog name I started my blog, almost on a whim, after we had to write a…

Author Interview: Estelle Maskame

Interview with Estelle Maskame, a best-selling author from Scotland. Her most recent book, Just Don’t Mention It, is out now! Find out more about her on her website * Twitter * Youtube* Wattpad Watch this quick introduction to Estelle (1 minute) Hi Estelle! Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions! First of…

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…

Six for Sunday: Reasons I love books

Usually it is difficult trying to think of six things for the list – this week the problem is limiting it to six things on the list! Books have always been a massive part of my life, have lined the shelves of every house I have ever lived in and have led to me meeting…

Book Review: Stuck

Stuck Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers 32 pages Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books Publication date: 26th April 2012 Summary (from Goodreads): From the illustrator of the #1 smash The Day the Crayons Quit comes another bestseller–a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite! When Floyd’s kite…

Oliver Jeffers at the V&A

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How to annoy a bookworm in 5 easy steps

Bookworms are generally assumed to be placid and docile, though many surprise onlookers with an outburst of passion about  a favourite book or character. Still, they’re not generally associated with being quick to anger. Yet, there are a few sure-fire ways you can bring a bookworm to boiling point. Interrupt them when they’re reading Bonus…

Book Review: Nyxia

Nyxia Written by Scott Reintgen 384 pages Published by Michael Joseph (Penguin UK) Publication date: 12th September 2017 Age range: 14+ Summary (from Goodreads): Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship…

Book Review: The Circus

The Circus By Olivia Levez 304 pages Published by Rock the Boat Publication date: 4th May 2017 Age Range: YA, 13 and up For parents/ educators: Be aware this book contains homelessness and the risks a young girl alone on the street might face. Summary: (from Goodreads) Willow has everything: a rich daddy, a pony…