Plum Puddings and Paper Moons: Kingdom of Silk 5. By Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King


The Kingdom of Silk was a place where wishes sometimes come true. But even there, you couldn’t wish away something that had already happened, no matter how much you wanted to, or how tightly you closed your eyes, or how hard you clenched your fists when you wished. Nell said the best you can wish […]

Delete by Kim Curran Blog Tour

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Smart, sharp science fiction, not only for teenagers. Buy on Kindle Buy at amazon The country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy, Scott Tyler. In this ravaged alternative reality, Scott hardly recognises himself. He’s a war hero, a leader of a unit […]

A pony in the bedroom by Susan Dunne.

a pony in the bedroom susan dunne

Reviewing A Pony in the Bedroom: A Journey through Asperger’s, Assault, and Healing with Horses by Susan Dunne. In trying to understand my own diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome (autistic spectrum disorder) and what effect that has had on my life, I’m reading as many books as I can by other autistic people. Susan Dunne grew […]

Lily and Bear by Lisa Stubbs


Pre order at Amazon | at Hive A few weeks ago, over the course of several days, I received a series of postcards, with images of a girl, and a bear. And after those, the most wonderful book Lily and Bear by Lisa Stubbs, arrived. It’s a book about childhood, friendship, imagination, and understanding. It’s […]

300 picture books catch up


The last time I did a proper 300 picture books post was, oops, weeks ago. At that point we were well ahead of schedule, at 48 books. Since then, when we’ve read a book, I’ve stacked it by my chair – it’s getting to the point where I have to stand back and leap to […]

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

the ship antonia honeywell

The Ship This is a book I’d been looking forward to reading from the first moment I heard of it on twitter. And I wasn’t disappointed. WELCOME TO LONDON BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent’s Park camps have been […]

Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

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Buy at Amazon And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . . Japanese teenager Sora is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the […]

Nightbird: Alice Hoffman

Nightbird Alice Hoffman

Pre order Nightbird at Amazon (many formats) | Pre order at Hive Blurb (slightly edited): Twig lives in a remote area of town with her mother, baker of irresistible apple pies. A new girl in town might just be Twig’s first true friend, and ally in vanquishing an ancient family curse. A spellbinding tale of […]

300 picture books wk 3. Or thereabouts


Continuing our 300 picture book trek – another good week, including our first library visit. Last week we got up to 23 books, this week we’re totalling 35. Bubble trouble UFO diary. Satoshi Kitamura Books always everywhere @nosycrow The littlest dinosaur @KidsBloomsbury Rosie’s walk Rex wrecks it Grandad Pot Goodnight Tiptoe Polly Dunbar The Hueys […]

Boys don’t cry by Malorie Blackman

Boys dont cry Malorie Blackman

Boys Don’t Cry | Despite Malorie Blackman’s reputation, I’ve somehow come this far without reading any of her work. I finally put that right this week, when one of Big’s friends lent me Boys don’t cry, and I read it in one sitting. (Who needs sleep anyway?) Blurb: In Boys Don’t Cry, bestselling author Malorie […]

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