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Amazing

‘I taught Zibbo how to fly. Zibbo taught me how to… ROARRR!’ Amazing, the latest book from award-winning author and illustrator Steve Anthony (of the beloved Mr Panda series), is an uplifting and entertaining picturebook. Some families have pet dogs, others have gold fish, cats, guinea pigs or hamsters, but have you come across a…

Anna and the Swallow Man

‘It is imperative that they [do] not find me, because if the do, they will take me, and if they have me, the entire world will become a taker of life, as you put it.’   Anna’s father ensures she knows German, Russian, French, English, Yiddish, Ukrainian, Armenian, Carpathian Romany and Polish, though he has…

Be Kind: Be Your Best Self Every Day

In a stressful world, this book Be Kind: Be Your Best Self Every Day is like a breath of fresh air. ‘Whether you practise kindness towards others or are lucky enough to receive the ‘gift’ of kindness yourself, it has an infinite transformative energy.’ Not only does the book Be Kind advocate being kind to…

Being Billy

This review is an extract from Inis 35. To read the full extended review pick up a copy of Inis 35. Billy Finn is angry. Abandoned by his alcoholic mother, beaten by his stepfather, rejected by his adoptive parents, and restrained by his carers, his life is far from a barrel of laughs. His strong…

Blue John

‘There he was, lit up in the darkness, with his amethyst eyes purple and blue like the deepest glacier, and his amber hair as golden as the sun.’ Deep in a dark, dark shadow of Mam Tor mountain, the Queen of Darkness creates a child out of darkness and light, and fire and ice. Her…

Christmas at the Toy Museum

It is Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum and all the visitors have gone home. Suddenly the toys spring to life and race to the Christmas tree, led by Bunting the dapper looking cat. Confusion and then disappointment sets in when the toys discover that there are no presents under the tree. They can't believe…

Doing the Animal Bop

  ‘If you like to dance and you sometimes sing, why don’t you do the animal thing?’ This is a simple and fun rhyming book with bright-animated illustrations, which suggest a lot of movement. Each page has a clever rhyme with a cheerful-looking animal dancing. The text is short and easy to read with emphasis…

Down the Back of the Chair

When Mary’s dad loses his keys the family watch in wonder as his frantic search becomes a surprising and fantastic discovery of forgotten treasures including one of the twins and a long lost will. (I must remember to check down the back of my sofa!) ‘A crumb, a comb, a clown, a cap, a pirate…

Feast of Fools

Feast of Fools is a dark and gripping mystery set in medieval England. John’s father is tragically killed and John is badly injured in the accident. John is sent to a choristers’ school where conditions are bleak and utterly miserable. He is cruelly nicknamed ‘Peg-leg’ and subjected to bullying and harsh treatment from the canons.…

Flawed

Celia Ahern’s departure into the world of YA fiction is a coming-of-age story with a difference. Set in a country not dissimilar to our own, Flawed is a hard look at a twisted society ruled by fear, abuse of power and where the need for ‘perfection’ is valued above humanity. But what exactly is ‘perfection’…

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Claudia Kincaid was a careful and organised planner. She liked culture, but most of all she liked her creature comforts. So when she decided to run away from her middleclass suburban neighbourhood, she headed for the most elegant place in the world: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. After careful consideration Claudia…

I Want My Hat Back

A bear has lost his hat and wants it back.   During his search he encounters a number of animals (a tortoise, fox, snake, mole and deer); he patiently and politely asks them if they have seen his hat. He receives a number of responses, but his search is fruitless. The bear lies down in despair and feels all is…

Knuffle Bunny

At first glance I wasn’t sure if this book would appeal to me. The format is landscape in the style of a light coffee-table book. The illustrations are bright verging on garish and set on a background of black and white photographs with a matt olive-green border. But after a quick flick through the pages,…

Little Mouse

Little Mouse tells the story of a day in the life of a small girl, who is very keen to remind the reader that though her mother calls her 'Little Mouse', she is nothing like a mouse. In fact she is 'tall' like a giraffe, 'strong' like a bull and 'brave' like a lion. The simple…

Lucy

Follow Lucy, a small white dog on her morning routine as she races across town to eat breakfast, which consists of a sausage on a string lowered down from a window. Three lives intertwine in this touching and visually enticing tale: Lucy a homeless dog; Eleanor, the girl who feeds her, and Eleanor’s father, a…

Missing Abby

This book starts on a chilling note with a missing person report for Abby Ryzner. With recent events in the news and the reported increase in missing persons this introduction is gripping. The story is told through Emma Townsend, Abby’s former best friend. The pair were once inseparable and enjoyed playing fantasy games and creating…

My Swordhand Is Singing

At the start of a bitterly cold and harsh winter, Peter and his father, Tomas, arrive at the small and eerie town of Chust. The pair settle on the outskirts by the edge of the forest and provide wood for the townfolk. Peter soon befriends Agnes and tries to integrate into the town’s ways. Tomas…

Nellie Choc-Ice, Penguin Explorer

‘Look at that lovely white chest and glossy black wings. She looks just like an ice-cream covered with dark chocolate.’ Nellie Choc-Ice is a Marconi Penguin who lives in the Antarctic with her very, very, very large extended family. Once she masters walking without falling over, she soon becomes a fearless adventurer. Nellie’s love of…

Next

The themes of sex and death are popular and common topics addressed in young adult literature. Following on from the success of Losing It (2010), Keith Gray tackles the other challenging and fundamental subject in his latest thought-provoking anothology of short stories. This time he asks his team of authors: is there life after death? If so,…

Nobody Laughs at a Lion!

Pa Lion is a proud, handsome and boastful lion who enjoys watching over his ‘Kingdom’. His arrogant nature is challenged by cheeky Ma Lion. ‘You can see why I’m King of the Jungle,’ he said. ‘It’s because I’m the best.’ ‘Do stop boasting,’ said Ma Lion. ‘And if you are the best, what are you…

Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story

‘I was very young and had little experience of cruelty. But, when we reached France, I witnessed the horror and savagery of war firsthand. Cruelty lingered everywhere in conflict. A nasty business and no mistake.’ This captivating and at times thrilling as well as hard-hitting adventure is the first book in an exciting new historical…

Ocean Meets Sky

‘”It’s a good day for sailing,” his grandfather would have said.’ Finn wakes early on the morning of his late Grandfather’s ninetieth birthday. He decides to build a boat to honour his memory. He recalls the sound of his grandfather’s voice and the stories he told of ‘a place far away where ocean meets sky’.…

One

Following in the footsteps of The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain, Sarah Crossan’s latest title for older readers, One, is just as insightful, impactful and inspiring. One follows the journey of conjoined twins Tippi and Grace from the protection of being homeschooled and sheltered by their family to starting out in a new…

One Clever Creature

One Clever Creature is a clever and charming book. The vivid and amusing illustrations draw you into the pages. There’s a lot of movement in each scene and the animals appear animated. The beginning of the book shows how fantastic animals are and what some of them can do: swim, jump, fly, dig. The book…

Ouch!

Hedgehog has her nest ready for a long winter sleep. Just as she is stretching and yawning an apple falls on top of her getting caught in her spines. An array of animals attempt to help her remove various items: Squirrel, Pig, Frog and Goat. Matters go from bad to worse and with every attempt…

Raining Fire

Ethan has a way out: football. His talent will lift him out of his dangerous and treacherous life in an oppressive sink estate in England. His craft will allow him to rise above the draw of gang-land protection and drug-induced oblivion, or so he hopes. But a car crash and the chance of saving his…

Raymie Nightingale

Much loved storyteller Kate DiCamillo’s latest novel Raymie Nightingale is a profound, insightful and impressive tale of an extraordinary friendship between three diverse but equally determined girls. Through the eyes of Raymie Clarke, the reader is introduced to the fragile fabric of a world where good deeds and brave deeds aren’t always the ‘right’ deeds,…

Rotten and Rascal

The story of Rotten and Rascal is a cautionary tale about squabbling siblings who don’t know how to share! ‘65 million years ago the world was a deafening place… but most of the noise came from Rotten and Rascal. By day they would yell at each other, by night they would shout.’ The rest of…

Run with the Wind

First published in 1983 by Wolfhound Press, Tom McCaughren’s Run with the Wind series was a runaway success winning many awards and receiving rave reviews, including the young person’s book of the decade award 1980-1990. Now reissued by The O’Brien Press, Run with the Wind is the first book in a series of seven timeless…

Science Ideas in 30 Seconds

'30 breakthrough theories for junior geniuses explained in half a minute' Ever wanted to know about: the Ancient Greeks, The Scientific Revolution, Age of Reason, Modern Industry, Modern Science and Science Now? Well, look no further – this book has it all. Jammed-packed with information, succinct explanations, clear illustrations and diagrams, Dr Mike Smith's Science…

Small Change for Stuart

Stuart Horten (S.Horten) feels like the odd one out in his family. His folks are distant, remote, distracted and very tall, which makes him wonder how he got to be so vertically challenged and where his curiosity and sense of adventure came from. A move to his father’s hometown and a connection to his past…

Space, Henry’s House

‘The Earth is not only spinning, it’s also speeding around the Sun at 66,630 miles an hour (107,230 kmph). That’s 30 times faster than a speeding bullet!’ Ever wondered how to explain the difference between meteors, meteorites and meteoroids? Do you know what solar flares are or what a lunar roaming vehicle is? Fact-packed and…

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World Without Killing Any Dragons is an extremely important collection about remarkable, sensitive and emotional men. Men who felt so much that they were driven to overcome a myriad of obstacles in order to reach their goals or to…

The Good Thieves

From the award-winning author of The Wolf Riders, Rooftoppers and The Explorer comes another incredible and stellar adventure story: The Good Thieves. Katherine Rundell’s latest novel is a riveting caper set against the magnificent backdrop of New York City. The Good Thieves is packed full of exciting elements, including acrobats, animal charmers, pickpockets, dodgy criminals…

The List of Real Things

Bee can see what others can’t, especially her older sister Grace who has shut down many aspects of her senses because of her grief. Through Bee’s eyes real and imaginary people live side by side. While Grace is preoccupied with her new boyfriend and sitting at the ‘top table’, Bee’s imagination soars to other realms.…

The Lumberjack’s Beard

I know we are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to The Lumberjack’s Beard this rule flies out the window. With a cover like this, the reader knows instantly that this is going to an amazing picturebook! And they’d be right: it is an amazing picturebook. The story…

THE MINISTRY OF STRANGE, UNUSUAL AND IMPOSSIBLE THINGS

‘M-SUITs deals will all the things that the average person in the street doesn’t want to know about: the Loch Ness Monster, all the Yetis, Big Foot – although in the modern political climate we can’t call him that… we have to call him the Sizually Challenged Bipedal Simian.’ Ever wondered what really happened to…

Trail Blazers: Harriet Tubman, A Journey to Freedom

This is an important and informative story that deserves international recognition, so it’s not surprising to learn that a film entitled Harriet was made based on this exceptional woman’s life story. Born into extreme hardship as a slave in America’s southern state Maryland, Harriet Tubman led an extraordinary life, helping hundreds of people escape slavery…

Trash

‘This tiny child – as soon as it can crawl, will be crawling through trash.’ In the midst of the city’s putrid rubbish is one small find that turns the whole city upside down. Joined together by hardship, isolation and hunger, Raphael, Gardo and Jun- Jun (AKA Rat) unite to solve a mystery and disclose…

Twenty-Four Robbers

  ‘Not last night, but the night before… Twenty-four robbers came a-knocking at my door.’ Twenty-Four Robbers is a hilarious and quirky book. Based on a traditional skipping rhyme, the band of bold robbers return to the same house again and again. The patient and bemused woman of the house gives them what they want…

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