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Book Review: The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson #amreading #middlegradefiction

Rating: 5/5 I definitely recommend this book to all Middle Grade readers -whether you fall into the age bracket or not (like me!) - particularly those who like a little heart felt fantasy. It's a real page turner and beautifully told. Blurb (from Good Reads): Cover by Melissa Castrillon All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a… Continue reading Book Review: The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson #amreading #middlegradefiction

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Friday Flash: Gingerbread Kisses

Harold Snow wiped his hands down his apron and admired his handiwork. Twelve perfectly sculpted gingerbread women smiled up at him, their sweet scent wrapping like a blanket around him. ‘Grandpa, Grandpa, are they done, are they done?’ cried Izzy. She ran to fetch her step, dragging it screeching across the floor, before climbing up beside… Continue reading Friday Flash: Gingerbread Kisses

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Weekend Writing Prompt #146: Epoch

Epoch At the edge of one I wait For doors to open, and welcome me in A pause  A breath Then time hurries on  With me its captive. ____________________________________________________ A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a… Continue reading Weekend Writing Prompt #146: Epoch

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Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Rating: 5/5 Blurb (from goodreads): On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child.… Continue reading Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

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Friday Flash: Spilt Milk

You may think this is trivial but trust me, if you were me you too would be sobbing as hard as I am right now on the kitchen floor. Oh yes, you too would be letting the snot, the tears, the saliva dribble freely, as the cool stone presses hard into your hands and knees,… Continue reading Friday Flash: Spilt Milk

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Book Review: Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge #amreading #bookbloggers #readingrecommendations

Rating 4.5 / 5 I'm writing this having just put the book down and therefore with a swelling heart, which is often (though not always) the case in the moments after I finish a good book. Time usually makes me a little more critical, but I’ll honour this book with a review from within its… Continue reading Book Review: Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge #amreading #bookbloggers #readingrecommendations

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Book Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Rating: 3/5 I got really excited about In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, when I stumbled across it on Goodreads. After deciding it was clearly a must-read YA fantasy and something I should read for research and for fun, I bought a second hand copy immediately. Sadly, it didn't quite live up to my expectations,… Continue reading Book Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Friday Flash: Always is a Long Time

‘Woah, now just slow down there’ a voice hollered from the next aisle seconds before a tiny child came hurtling around the corner pushing a basket on wheels. His beam almost entirely covered his face and his eyes sparkled with mischief. Susie leapt away from the wine bottles she was perusing, just in time to… Continue reading Friday Flash: Always is a Long Time

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Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

RATING: 5/5 Margaret Atwood can do no wrong in my eyes. Perhaps it is a mistake to be so uncritical, but to me the scale of her contribution to literature, her years of experience and her dedication to producing intelligent, thought-provoking and culturally necessary stories means I’m not going to write a bad word about… Continue reading Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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It Had Nothing To Do With the Dog

It had nothing to do with the dog. Yeah, it was sweet, sitting in the window of the old Bennett house as I’d waited at the bus stop. Its doleful eyes peering out at me, relentless. I’d watched it barking incessantly as the bus pulled away. Silent barks, I’d heard all the way into town. … Continue reading It Had Nothing To Do With the Dog