Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

When 13-year-old Valor is sent to jail, she couldn’t be happier. Demidova’s prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor’s twin sister, Sasha, is serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family, and Valor is going to help her escape…from the inside. Never mind that no one has escaped […]

Saturday snippets 9 September 2017

{Practising} habits. Water, exercise, creativity. If I manage to cement these in for another week I’ll add something else – maybe that I clear the kitchen before internet? (This might mean I mainly clear it before bed, but that works too.) {Reading} actually I’ve stalled. I’ve been reading Lynda LaPlante Good Friday which is about […]

Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival

Buy at Amazon (affiliate link). I think it’s fair to say we are Tom Percival fans. We’ve several of his books on our shelves, including the very limited edition Hugo and the Imaginary Zoo. Perfectly Norman is a wonderful addition to his range, and I’m thrilled to be joining the blog tour. The premise is […]

Tell it to the Moon – guest post on home schooling by author Siobhan Curham

As regular readers will know, most of my children are home educated, and despite growing numbers of children educated outside school, it’s a topic rarely touched upon in fiction. So when I was offered Tell it to the Moon to read and review, and I realised it included a home schooled teenager, I jumped at […]

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Amazon link (affiliate). I read this in a day, back when it arrived as a proof. See? Fierce Kingdoms. Read in a day. (Turns out all those sneaky twitter visits I make in a usual day add up to a whole lot of reading time. ) This is a book that demands to be devoured […]

The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble and Charlotte Cooke

Buy at Amazon affiliate link The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea, in a box on the living room floor. They sailed away for a year and a day and these are the things that they saw… Any book that starts with a box is starting out well as far as I’m concerned, particularly […]

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 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 […]

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