Harper and the Night Forest – review and giveaway.

There’s a book for everyone that they remember from when they start to read, I think. For Smallest it looks like it’s going to be Harper. We’ve had the first Harper book on our shelves for a couple of years, and she’s been completely uninterested, despite the shiny silver cover and the lovely pictures. It […]

The Penalty area by Alain Gillot (translated by Howard Curtis)

Buy at Amazon (affiliate) A heart-warming novel about overcoming adversity, making human connections, and football. Vincent once had a shot at becoming a professional soccer player but a career-ending knee injury put an end to his dreams. A tough kid from a poor family, he has become an emotionally cut-off man with frustrated hopes and […]

The Everything Machine by Ally Jennen – review and giveaway

What would you do if you accidentally acquired an intelligent machine that could print anything? (I’m thinking robot cleaner. Or an extra storey for the house, maybe a dozen extra bookcases…) The Everything Machine From Ally Kennen (twitter, web, facebook) Release Date: 2nd February 2017 Genre: MG Publisher: Scholastic UK Format: Paperback Cover illustration Chris […]

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas – an #ownvoices review

Pre order The state of Grace at Amazon (affiliate link). I’d like to introduce you to a girl. We’re going to have to pop back in time to the last 70s for this one, but I’m sure we can make it. She’s kind of scruffy, not very fashionable. Tends to frown a bit when she’s […]

A boy made of blocks – the blog tour

I read and reviewed A boy made of blocks last September – you can read my thoughts here. To summarise from then: although some parts of the ending are kind of predictable, I totally admit that I was swept up in the emotions, and may have shed a tear or two (or even a few […]

The Dry blog tour

I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who […]

Cover reveal: Domina from L S Hilton

Everything you thought you knew about Maestra… You don’t. Publishing with Bonnier Zaffre, March 23rd 2017. I admit I’m intrigued. If you are too, you can pre-order at amazon here (affiliate) If, like me, you’re behind the loop on this one, you might want to look up Maestra: WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU’VE GONE […]

Gravity by Andy Briggs

Buy from Amazon here We very much enjoyed being part of the blog tour for Inventory: Iron Fist last spring, and I leapt at the chance for Small to read the sequel, not least because I love his reviews. I think you’ll agree with me that he has not disappointed 😉 I tried to go […]

Finding Black Beauty (and 10 other horse stories you might enjoy)

Post contains affiliate links. Find it at Amazon. Finding Black Beauty by Lou Kuenzler. An enchanting retelling of Anna Sewell’s classic horse story, a moving and uplifting tale of friendship. A horse needs the help of a young girl… Aspiring groom Josie comes to love her spirited charge, a black colt called Beauty. When he […]

Martyn Ford: Dreams and regrets – UKYACX blog tour.

As part of the UKYACX blog tour (MG variety), I’m very pleased to welcome author Martyn Ford to the blog today, continuing on the occasional series of Dreams and Regrets guest posts. Over to Martyn Tasked with writing a blog post on “dreams and regrets”, we first have to define the words. I’m going to […]

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