10 ways to celebrate 10 years of Augustus and his smile.

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Augustus and his smile by Catherine Rayner is a very lovely book. It’s about being sad, and finding ways of not being sad. Including dancing in the rain, and going on a very long walk through nature. It *always* makes me smile, and quite often inspires me to go out for one of those walks […]

The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs (review with giveaway)

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When Big was around 12 or 13 she read pretty much constantly, often books I was interested in – we’d rush to be first at a new YA, and wait impatiently for the other to finish so that we could discuss it. Small is a different kettle of fish. Although he is an extremely competent […]

On the edge of gone by Corinne Duyvis

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January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll […]

Never let me go Kazuo Ishiguro

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Buy Never Let Me Go at Amazon (affiliate) In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms […]

Bella Broomstick by Lou Kuenzler.

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Today I’m very pleased to welcome Lou Kuenzler to the blog, with a guest post: Why a witch? My new funny series Bella Broomstick is about a young witch who is so bad at magic, she is expelled from the Magic Realm and sent off in disgrace to the Person World to be fostered by […]

Paper Dolls at the New Wolsey studio in Ispwich.

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Another day, another theatre.   This time we were at New Wolsey studio in Ispwich, for an early years homeed group trip to Paper Dolls, based on the story by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb. The illustrations hugely influence this production, featuring the paper dolls (Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie, Jim with two noses […]

A Wicked Old Woman by Ravinder Randhawa – guest post.

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I’m very pleased today to be taking part in the blog tour for A Wicked Old Woman by Ravinder Randhawa. Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Matador Format: Paperback & Ebook Published: 24 Oct 2015 (republished) Goodreads link Amazon (affiliate) A Wicked Old Woman Drama. Masquerade. Mischief. A sharply observed, witty and confident novel. Linguistically playful, entertaining and […]

Regrets and Dreams – Sue Ransom

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I’m thrilled to be kicking off the UKYA extravaganza blog tour today with a guest post from the wonderful Sue Ransom. Sue is the award winning author of the best selling Small Blue Thing trilogy, with her latest book, The Beneath published in March this year. She manages all this alongside a full time job […]

M is for autism by The Students Of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin

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Buy M is for Autism at Amazon. Buy M is for Autism at JKP books. Buy M is for autism at Hive M. That’s what I’d like you to call me please. I’ll tell you why later. Welcome to M’s world. It’s tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside classrooms ready to […]

A good picture book day

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Yesterday I took the three youngest over to a home ed fencing session near Cambridge. A long way to go for a couple of hours, but we made the most of it with a visit to a nearby library for the little ones while Small was fencing, and then we spent the afternoon in a […]

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