When I heard that there was a book that was wrapped in herbalism, with a girl that whispers to the plants and they talk back and lead her to discover truths about the land, the people and herself, I was so excited for receive The Map of Leaves by Yarrow Townsend and entwined myself in … Continue reading The Map of Leaves by Yarrow Townsend featuring content by the author!
There are a few books that I have read in my lifetime, and a handful more since starting my blog that have become instant favourites, because they speak a secret language of my heart, they call to those who never quite entered ‘the age of not believing’ and hold hope for magic and wonder. Hedgewitch … Continue reading Hedgewitch – Skye McKenna
With my sewing obsession coupled with our love of books, A Dress With Pockets by Lily Murray and beautifully illustrated by Jenny Løvlie couldn’t have been a more perfect book for us and so I treated myself to a copy which has been enjoyed by the Fae too. This picture book celebrates modern femininity and … Continue reading Bookbounding: A Dress With Pockets by Lily Murray and Jenny Løvlie
In a fantasy world that draws on South Asian heritage, customs, folklore and dress, The Balloon Thief by Aneesa Marufu offers a window into the dichotomy of privilege and oppressed, how those labels are more complicated than we perceive and the motivations to both keep the status quo and to turn to violent rebellion being … Continue reading The Balloon Thief – Aneesa Marufu featuring guest post by Aneesa Marufu
I am so excited to be hosting todays blog tour stop celebrating the wonderful writing of Holly Rivers and The Boy in The Post her second book after her debut the gorgeously spooky Demelza and the Spirit Detectors has been long awaited, and I have to tell you, it has certainly been worth the wait. … Continue reading The Boy in The Post- Holly Rivers featuring Guest Post from Holly Rivers
I’ve been a huge fan of Darren’s writing since his debut Scavengers reframed the landscape of Middle Grade writing for me. His writing is like a rich tapestry that transports us into deeply imagined worlds but also challenging and introspective, unflinchingly so, on the emotional landscape of children, particularly boys as they navigate the changing world … Continue reading Furthermoor – Darren Simpson featuring chapter excerpt.
Last year I wrote enthusiastically about the first book in this series Race to The Death partially for its keen historical observation, and by this education by stealth; but equally so for its storycraft, total immersion in Dido’s world that evokes the greatest stories of literature, those that pull us in and care from the … Continue reading Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track – Annelise Gray with Guest Feature by Annelise Gray