On the 20th of December 2020, my life changed forever with one phone call. The phone call I've been silently dreading for a very long time. The one that meant I would never talk to me Mam again, hug me Mam again, brush her hair, hold her hand, talk rubbish with and tell her I … Continue reading She was the wind beneath my wings.
Publication Date: 6 June 2019 The Blurb When Jingwen moves to Australia, he feels like he’s landed on Mars. Making friends is impossible, since he doesn’t speak English, and he’s stuck looking after his little brother Yanghao. But Jingwen knows how to make everything better. If he can just make all of the cakes on … Continue reading Pie In The Sky by Remy Lai
Publication Date: 9th January 2020 The Blurb SECRETS NEVER STAY SUBMERGED FOR LONG Swept into the bright hustle and bustle of New York, Lily, Robert and Malkin discover shadowy secrets lie beneath its surface. For there are chilling goings-on in their hotel… A strange boy held captive, haunted by an undersea mystery; and a revengeful … Continue reading Shadowsea by Peter Bunzl
Every now and again, the sheer strength of love for a book from everyone who has read it can become a barrier for reading it for me, as I worry it won't live up to the expectations I then have for it. Irrational, I know, but true nonetheless. And so, Edward Tulane never quite made … Continue reading The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
The vibrant, joyful cover hides a story I wasn’t prepared for on first reading... A little girl and her grandad spend time together throughout the seasons, talking, playing, creating and making memories that will last a lifetime. Coelho’s words and Colpoys illustrations combine to create a wonderful tale of love, loss and making memories. It … Continue reading If All The World Were… by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys
Ember and Ness are the very best of friends and would do anything for each other. Theirs is the kind of friendship where just a look can cause the kind of laughter that brings tears of joy with it. When Ness dies, very suddenly, Ember is lost and empty. A dead dog, curious cat and … Continue reading The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but between the captivating cover by Helen Crawford-White, and the enticing opening, I couldn’t wait to dive straight in… “The first time Stella Martin ran away, it was in her sleep. The second was by accident. But the third time she did it on purpose, … Continue reading The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was A Mermaid by Tania Unsworth
Cover illustration by Helen Crawford-White Lies. There are all sorts of different lies; big lies, little lies, white lies. Everybody lies. The problem comes with knowing when and what it’s ok to lie about… Lexie and Eleni aren’t just cousins, they’re practically twins. They do everything together. When Anastasia’s family move into the area, Greek … Continue reading What Lexie Did by Emma Shevah
I am delighted to welcome Ewa Jozefkowicz to the blog today to talk about children’s mental health. With figures showing that in an average class of 30 young people, three will have a mental health problem, and 10% of children aged 5-16 have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, it’s an issue that needs to … Continue reading My thoughts on mental health issues among primary school pupils and how I hope The Mystery of the Colour Thief will help children to reach out by Ewa Jozefkowicz
Look out for a very special guest post from Ewa Jozefkowicz on my blog tomorrow about her thoughts on mental health issues among primary school-pupils and how she hope The Mystery of the Colour Thief will help children to reach out.