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The Last Spell Breather

I picked The Last Spell Breather up in a pack of proofs from OUP Childrens that had been in the staff room for a while. Wow! From the first page this was a non-stop adventure with an intriguingly original magical system, cracking cast of characters, and a pace that pulled you through to the last …

Lovecraft Country
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Lovecraft Country

“Soon to be an HBO Series!” Got to love those printed stickers on books. Now that the gripe is out of the way 😉 Lovecraft Country was low on the cosmic horror side of the Lovecraftian mythos, but high on the adventure and thrills. Matt Ruff sets his series of adventures in mid-50s USA, where …

The Little Grey Girl
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The Little Grey Girl

The Little Grey Girl is the second in Celine Kiernan’s Wild Magic Trilogy and, if anything, is scarier than the first. Again I was hooked from page one, following this new adventure of Mup and her family in Witches Borough. The evil witch has departed but what has been left behind? While Mum is trying …

Murder Most Unladylike
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Murder Most Unladylike

Just before Christmas (a couple of years back) we found out that Robin Stevens was coming to one of our local schools to talk to the pupils about her books and writing mysteries, have to say I jumped at the chance to organise something to support the schools librarian and the school (but also to …

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain
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Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain

Before I started working as a bookseller for Waterstones I would never have contemplated reading a book such as Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain. I would have looked at the blurb and thought ‘why would I want to read a story about real lives intertwining?’ I was far more interested in magic, dragons, …

Still Water The Deep Life of the Pond
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Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond

I was given Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond as it is well known that I love a well written book on nature and the idea of rewilding. I had previously read Meadowland by the same author and really enjoyed the style of John Lewis-Stempel’s writing, so relaxed and almost poetic in his …

Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures
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Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures

I really love these books from Laura Ellen Anderson and think I look forward to a new adventure as much as the children in the shop (maybe even more). Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures sees the gang visiting the Yeti Pits to celebrate Grand-yeti’s 350th birthday party. This is very exciting in itself …

Mudlarking
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Mudlarking

I’ve always been fascinated by finding things on the shoreline whether they be old things discarded by humans, natural objects shaped by the sea, or evidence of past life in the form of fossils. When the opportunity came along to get a copy of Mudlarking I jumped at it. I’ve heard the name a lot …