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Published by Scholastic

NYP – Due out September 2020

I read this a little while ago, as a proof (for which many thanks) – and loved it. Since then the world has turned a little nuts for everyone, so I haven’t had a chance to review it.

This is due out in September – you should place an order on Waterstones.com – or your local independent bookshop’s site. Something special for when, hopefully this will all be in the past and we are back to the new ‘normal’ – whatever that might turn out to be.

A story of an apprentice magician caught in the cross-fire – and becoming…well – it seems he becomes something quite extraordinary. Many adventures are had – there’s some issue with transfiguration (of the Harry Potter sort) – not to be attempted at home…and wizards – oh, and some fantastic hags too. Including one rather beautiful one. Can you be a hag and beautiful too? There’s a conundrum! A great adventure, funny and uplifting!

Brilliant. Even better this has been beautifully illustrated too – by Jason Cockcroft no less (of Harry Potter fame), and has a map as well – what more could you wish for?

 

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Published by Nosy Crow

This is the story of a Troofriend. The advertising by line is that they are the friend you never had. Adults are told that Troofriends don’t bully. They don’t harm, lie, covet, steal or envy. They are the ideal friend for children – especially if their parents are busy.

Sarah’s parents are. Her mother believes this might just be the companion that Sarah should have, her father is not sure. As for Ivy – well she wouldn’t know, would she?

This is touching, thought provoking and dare I say it a little quietly disturbing. Who knows what the future will bring? Things change so fast and we seem to be moving away more and more from real face to face interaction.

I see a little of it when I serve some people in the store. Little or no eye contact – worse ignoring their children / their employer’s, whilst staring down at a screen, often resulting in an unhappy exasperated child and a plastic toy tossed onto the till – the fascinating conversation continuing all the while.

As I said this raises many questions.

A look to the future, perhaps.

The cover above may not be that with which the book is published. Then again it may be. Out in April – they have plenty of time to change their minds…

 

 

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Published by Nosy Crow –

Our heroine is a thief. Our hero, an honest boy who would rather Chaya didn’t steal – and would certainly have advised her not to steal the Queen’s jewels, even if, as she believes, they wouldn’t be missed.

That is, if she had asked. Not that she would have taken any real notice if she had.

Friendship is a complicated thing at the best of times.

Chaya steals for all the good reasons…but, not everyone thinks that they are good enough.

The theft of the  queen’s jewellery has repercussions even Neelan can’t believe, though he might have had some idea. Though perhaps the adventure and theft of an elephant that results, were beyond even his imagination…

A proper adventure – saturated with the colours of Sri Lanka. Wonderful.

 

 

 

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Published by Nosy Crow

This is a lovely tale of the love between a dog and his owner.

Cosmo is a Golden Retriever, reliable and relaxed. Except when his family starts to change. It looks as though he might be parted from Max, the human he is most attached to and he begins to sense things are not well. There’s tension in the air. Raised voices at night. Things aren’t as they used to be.

Max and Cosmo enter a television contest in the hope of proving that they shouldn’t be parted, but things aren’t that easy.

Cosmo is elderly. He suffers from back ache. He has a sore paw.

Then there’s that sheep dog to contend with too. 

Carlie Sorosiak is an American author and this is set there and includes many American references.

It is a lovely tale of the love between a dog and the boy who cares so much for him.

 

 

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Published by Chicken House

There are at least two versions of magic out there. There’s the fictional magic of the Harry Potter sort. Then there’s the magic, which is more a question of illusion and tricks and of the more regular sort.

Alex is into the latter – fascinated by slight of hand. He’s good at it – but knows that practice is the way forward. He’s a little different from his peers to say the least…and escaping from one of his class mates – bent on having another go at him, he backs into a garden and sees something that he shouldn’t…

This is rather brilliant – not all heroes are what we expect. Perhaps there is a little Harry Potter magic out there, if we only know where to look –

I loved this – a tale with a magical twist…

Brilliant.

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Published by Simon and Schuster

This is a traditional pony story – a horse mad young girl and her Mum have recently moved to live near her grandfather, and whilst exploring she comes across a horse that has bolted – and falls in love.

The trouble is the person who owns the horse, isn’t the one she met with the horse…and when she realises things aren’t as they should be…life gets considerably more complicated.Image result for wet cat drawing

This is one of those books for horse lovers. Friendship, bravery, determination and the love of a good horse. Oh, I nearly forgot. It’s also about a grumpy cat. Actually the cat has very good reasons for being grumpy…

What more do you need for the Summer holidays?

The illustration is taken from the Internet – accredited to Olivia Walker…

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Published by Chicken House

Andy’s mother runs ‘New to U’ a second hand clothing shop in the village. She has taken to bringing home new items for her daughter to wear. Second-hand new. Andy meanwhile dreams of dresses. New dresses. Handbags. Shoes and underwear that’s not ‘pre-owned’…

She’s the only pupil in her school who continues to come to school in uniform. Recently they have been encouraged to show their individuality by choosing their own clothes for school.  Most pupils spend their weekends buying new clothes – trying to find that something no-one else has seen.

Andy though, is given a pile of pre-loved clothes, a muddle of clothing, vintage that doesn’t suit…certainly clothing that no-one else would give wardrobe room…

Then Andy finds a bag of quality designer clothes, stuffed in a bag at the back of the shop and then Andy’s mum takes a break to see her mum and her sister and Andy takes the chance to change everything…

This is a touching story about fashion, friendship, depression, love and business acumen!