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Lisette Auton at Souter Point Lighthouse
Author Q&A

Lisette Auton – Q&A

Lisette Auton has her debut novel coming out on the 3rd of February 2022, The Secret of Haven Point. Lisette Auton is a northern disabled writer, activist, poet, novelist, spoken-word artist, actor, film and theatre-maker, and creative practitioner. She’s an award-winning poet who has performed at Northern Stage, ARC, the Southbank Centre and the Sage, …

The Haunting of Aveline Jones
Book Review

The Haunting of Aveline Jones

Phil Hickes. Usborne. (224p) ISBN 9781474972147 Talk about a gripping read, picked it up at noon, finished it by 4:30pm, just couldn’t tear myself away! We follow the adventures of Aveline Jones (great name by the way) after she is left with her Aunt in Malmouth, a sea town on the south coast. Aveline loves …

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep
Book Review

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

Philip Reeve. David Fickling Books. (288p) ISBN 9781788452373 A book I’d requested through work as I’m a huge fan of Mortal Engines (plus Philip Reeve’s other works). This latest book is a magnificent middle grade fantasy adventure following Utterly Dark, the ward of The Watcher of Wildsea. When her ward drowns it sets a chain …

How to Be a Hero
Book Review

How to Be a Hero

Cat Weldon. Pan Macmillan. (256p) ISBN 9781529045031 I received this from Pan Macmillan at the end of last year in exchange for a review, the way time has been going recently that feels like an absolute age ago. How to be a Hero follows the (mis)adventures of Whetstone (a useless thief and an orphan) and …

The Last Spell Breather
Book Review

The Last Spell Breather

Julie Pike. Oxford University Press. (304p) ISBN 9780192771605 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 …

Dragon Mountain
Book Review

Dragon Mountain

Katie & Kevin Tsang. Simon & Schuster Ltd. (336p) ISBN 9781471193071 I’ve loved Katie and Kevin’s Sam Wu series and was really looking forward to reading their foray into the fabulous Realm of Middle Grade and I wasn’t disappointed. A fabulously fast-paced adventure including dragons, super powers, friendship, and an ancient evil, Dragon Mountain has …

Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief
Book Review

Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief

Laura Ellen Anderson. HarperCollins. (224p) ISBN 9781405287074 Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief is another adventure for Amelia and her fangtastic friends, this time we may get to the root of the problems between Nocturnia and the Kingdom of Light. Just as we thought everything was going to be fine between the two kingdoms after …

Cogheart
Book Review

Cogheart

Peter Bunzel. Usborne. (368p) ISBN 9781474915007 Cogheart was Peter Bunzel’s debut novel, and what a debut. Cogheart was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2017, and for the Branford Boase Award 2017. It was Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for August 2016. It won the Dudley Teen Book Award and Sefton Super Reads Award …

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