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Night Speakers: Sleepless
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Night Speakers: Sleepless

This is the first Ali Sparkes book I’ve read and after this I will definitely be looking for more. In Sleepless three children from different backgrounds are waking up at the same time each night, 1:34am, with no knowledge of what’s causing it, and eventually discover each other. This is not the only thing they …

Witch for a Week
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Witch for a Week

Elsie is chosen to look after Magenta’s Witch Tower for a week whilst Magenta goes to see her sister. Elsie doesn’t realise why in the beginning but sees it as a good opportunity to get away from the domestic chaos of her house where her younger brothers tend to chew on anything, including to her …

Books v. cigarettes
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Books v. cigarettes

Totally bought this because of the multiple essays on books, bookselling and book reviewing – some of my main pleasures in life. The title essay is still as apt now as it ever was, comparing the price of a book with another common leisure purchase which today we usually use a coffee as a comparison …

Battle of the Beetles
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Battle of the Beetles

There was such a wait for Battle of the Beetles, the final book in the trilogy, it was sooooo long, really looooong. The wait was well worth it though as we follow, Darkus, Victoria and Bertolt in their quest to foil Lucretia’s plans for world domination using FrankenBeetles, genetically-enhanced and super-intelligent beetles, whilst completing her …

To Kill a Kingdom
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To Kill a Kingdom

Follow Lira and Elian in a adventure through Alexandra Christo’s fully-developed fantasy world which is based on a lot of different fairy tales and myths but does seem to loan heavily from Greek mythology. There is also the romance where the participants are from either side of the battle, so has a little feeling of …

Ghost Boys
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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys is another book I read a while back and am just getting around to reviewing. Jerome is 12, Jerome is black, Jerome is shot dead by police whilst playing with a toy gun. The story then continues of what happened up to and including where Jerome is murdered, but it also goes past …

Tilly and the Time Machine
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Tilly and the Time Machine

Tilly lives with her father, mum died a while back and Tilly’s perfect day would be to see her mum again. Dad is a sort of distracted, mad scientist, as all fathers in fiction are, or at least should be. Deemed too ‘mad’ for the government department that he worked for he was let go. …

Pax
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Pax

I will make this clear right from the start. Pax had me in tears at several points, the whole of the first chapter was so sad I had to put the book away for a week before I went back to it, but once I went back to it I couldn’t put it down. A …

Three Dark Crowns
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Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns is the start of a Y.A. fantasy series by Kendare Blake, and a good start at that, and for once I never got the twist until the end of the book, which leaves us on a massive (almost literally) cliff-hanger of a revelation. Kendare tells the story of Three Princesses, triplets that …

What is Poetry?
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What is Poetry?

Let’s just get it out of the way at the start – I love Michael Rosen. There I said it. ‘What is Poetry?’ is one of the funnest books on poetry I’ve ever read, it seems to be aimed at a young audience, probably middle-grade readers. This doesn’t stop me from saying that this book …

Sonny and Me book cover
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Sonny and Me

I was given a copy of Sonny and Me from a friend at Cranachan Publishing as part of the blog tour, the first YA novel for this small Scottish publishing house. Right from the start the two main characters, Sonny and Daughter, have such a distinctive voice I actually forgot I was reading a book …

Beetle Queen
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Beetle Queen

Continuing the adventures of Darkus, Victoria and Bertolt, ‘Beetle Queen’ is another wonderfully crafted book. Written by M.G. Leonard, illustrated by Elisabet Portabella and published by Chichen House Publishing, and as with ‘Beetle Boy’ the special edition has a decorated fore edge. Lucretia Cutter has got away at the end of ‘Beetle Boy’ to continue …

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