Archives for category: 2019 June

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Published by Nosy Crow –

There are some out there who don’t enjoy a good book. I was one, once. Though I did enjoy being read to. I just didn’t see the necessity of learning to read for myself. That is until I visited the Tutankhamun exhibition…but that is another story in itself.

This then is for those out there who think that books and dare I say it, LIBRARIES are rather dull and not for them.

How different things would be if there happened to be a dragon living beneath these extraordinary and wonderful depositories of escapism and other things…

Kit’s friends are ‘into’ books – in a big way – never happier than sitting with a nose stuck into a new novel…she though, would rather spend her time outside – there are trees to climb, places to go…not least the local cemetery… ‘...with its spooky stone angels and matted undergrowth full of cool insects and – one blissful day – a rat….’

When Kit finds herself visiting her local library with her friends things turn out very differently from the way she thought it would…there are wizards and dragons involved and magic too… There is a little of Pages & Co / Anna James (see previous review) in this – however, this one is for those who are a little younger – none the less a book to enjoy over the summer. You never know it may mean a visit to a library, or perhaps to a bookshop – to look at books

Illustrated throughout by Davide Ortu – which is always a bonus…after all what is the use of a book without pictures? 

 

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Published by Canongate

NY Published: June 2019

Evie has a talent. Something that makes her different from everyone else. She is unique.  She is able to communicate with animals with her mind – telepathy. Her Dad would prefer she kept her talent to herself, but it’s difficult, especially when she comes across animals that are suffering. She feels she has to do something about it – which makes her life complicated – especially with explanations…

This is about daring to be who you are and something else – kindness.

It is a lovely book – not only is it a  beautiful story, but it is also beautifully illustrated by the fantastic Emily Gravett.

Due to be published in June, in hardback (I know), but sometimes you should buy a book in hardback – when the format compliments the story – which will be the case with this, I have no doubt at all.

I am so excited by this – I have asked Matt’s publicist whether he will come in to Finchley Road O2 to sign copies. It’s the weekend. Hopefully early next week I will hear that he is coming…I will let you know… Perhaps Emily will be wonderful and come too – it would be FANTASTIC to have both visit the store – we could have a stupendous and wonderful duel event…

 

 

 

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Published by Scholastic.

A mystery. A storm and an extremely cold, not to say freezing Swedish winter. This is the story of a skein of three friendships twisted together and compelled to travel in the hope of finding the answers to their questions. It is a story of friendship, trust and bravery.

It is something we may all enjoy reading as the temperature rises in June – it is a long time since I read something that was so compelling and describes the sense of touch, in this case cold, so fundamentally.

Enjoy it. Something different for the Summer.

No idea if this really will be the cover…due out in June 2019