When I first reviewed the debut Anisha novel, I knew that Serena Patel had created something special, and with the publication of each book, both Littlefae and I have been swept away in these young reader mysteries that explore so much more than the social or interpersonal problem presented, and yet capture the very real … Continue reading The FCBG Childrens Book Award- Anisha: Accidental Detective by Serena Patel
I have been so excited for this book ever since Jo let slip details of her ideas and aspirations for a young reader mystery, eventually dropping updates on her drafting, writing and editing progress. Then, to watch Jo first be signed to an agent and subsequently with the awesome Firefly Press I was, and continued … Continue reading Libby and the Parisian Puzzle- Jo Clarke Featuring Jo’s Top 5 Boarding School Stories!
Crossing over with my involvement in the Instagram 12 Days of Bookmas I chose to feature A Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher today, which although not ‘new’ this year, absolutely deserves to be in hands and hearts every Christmas. I’ve not been shy about my love of folklore, mythology and especially stories of the Fae, … Continue reading Christmas with a Difference: A Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher
AM Howell returned for a third publication earlier this year with Mystery Of the Nightwatchers which sees a young teen Nancy return to her place of birth amidst the drama of the 1910 passing of Halley’s Comet and uncovers many secrets in the town and her family with little hints back at the previous books. … Continue reading Scrumptious Stories: Mystery of the Nightwatchers- AM Howell & Crumpets
You may have gathered from my blog that if a book has a folklore inspired setting, I'm going to be piqued, if it also has connotations of fae, as in dark fae like The Call by Paedar O Guillin then even more so, throw in historical fiction and I'm chomping at the bit. A Hunter's … Continue reading A Hunter’s Moon – Danny Weston
Across September we have been reading or rereading Kidnap in the Caribbean by Lauren St John, the second story in the series which finds young Laura Marlin on a dream holiday cruising into a nightmare as the Straight As strike back.
I missed out last year on The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes which was universally lauded for its glorious creepy Halloween setting and everyone agreed on not to read it at night! So when I purchased a copy last winter, I had originally planned to read it as part of a glorious spookfest this … Continue reading The Haunting of Aveline Jones – Phil Hickes