Archives for the month of: March, 2019

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Published by Hodder & Stoughton

Boot: Silvery-green and shaped like a light-bulb. Belly round and tough, yet soft to touch or hug. Four chunky fingers. No toes. Head an oval with a small screen along the front with colourful dots that flow together to make a face. Boot is a robot.

This is a lovely positive tale about a robot who has, it seems, lost his owner. He has only three memories to help him find her, and those aren’t exactly the most detailed or helpful. Whilst obviously a story of friendship and determination, with a brilliant villain in the piece, it also touches on memory loss and dementia, but without that taking over the book. On the way to finding his young owner Boot meets various other robots, some of whom have taken refuge in a fun-fair…

This is lovely – a great story about why we hold on to things and what is important.

Shane Hegarty is also the author of the Darkmouth series for older readers.

 

 

 

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Published by Nosy Crow

This could be called the sister of Elizabeth Laird’s book Welcome to Nowhere. Though in that, the book details the progress of a family from Syria to the UK, No Ballet Shoes in Syria details what happens to a small family of asylum seekers once they have reached these shores. With what I suppose are literary flash backs of Aya’s home life before the war and the journey to England.

It is an emotional, beautifully written tale, using ballet as a central point of reference – with of course that connection to Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfield). I know nearly nothing about ballet, however, the terminology and phrases used give a strong ballet-colour to this story.

Sadly a tale that is being repeated again and again in the news. This one reminds those of us who are so lucky, that their names aren’t refugee/asylum seeker, they are the Ayas of the world…

Nosy Crow haven’t given / published the cover that the finished title will have, so I have chosen this image from the Internet. It seemed apposite.

Note Catherine’s alter-ego Cate Shearwater is the author of the Somersaults and Dreams books – about gymnastics.

5 Things to Consider Before Trying Pointe Ballet. The picture is credited to ThoughtCo Ballet Dancers and Bruised Toenails. Pointe shoes.