Absolute pieces. That’s what I was when I came to the closing chapters of this beautiful beautiful book. Gill has tugged my heartstrings before with social issues but it is with animal conservation stories that she has an absolute gift with her classics such as Run Wild and Eagle Warrior. This time she turns her … Continue reading Swan Song: Gill Lewis
This is the heart rending tale of a young girl Iris and her grandmother and mental health across the fading of the year in Brighton. A heartbreaking yet loving study in dementia and it’s vagaries and capricious elements whilst also exploring sadness and resentment in young Iris too regarding the changes in her family this … Continue reading Talking to the Moon- SE Durrant.
I was lucky enough to read a proof of the original Boot last year that opened immediately reminiscent of THAT scene in Toy Story 3, you know the one where all the adults start to lose it and sob uncontrollably, Boot started as it means to go on, action with heart and questioning the value … Continue reading Boot 2: The Rusty Rescue Shane Hegarty & Ben Mantle
You may have noticed that I might be a fan of faeries. What with the names and all and I loved the magical and mythopoeic style of Amy Wilson in Snowglobe earlier this year. So when I found out that Amy Wilson’s next book was set in a world of Fae (and that spelling too) … Continue reading Shadows of Winterspell- Amy Wilson
This is a wonderful tale from Charlotte Lo, it’s utterly feel-good contemporary but has the nostalgia and freedom of vintage children’s stories like Swallows and Amazons, The Famous Five but without any problematic elements. I know this is going to be a popular book with my girls and likely reread to bits when they get … Continue reading We Won An Island – Charlotte Lo