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Book Review: When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

Publisher: Anderson Press Genre: Children’s, Middle Grade Release Date: 3rd June 2021 Format reviewed: Paperwork own copy (a gift) Blurb 1941. War is raging. And one angry boy has been sent to the city, where bombers rule the skies. There, Joseph will live with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no fondness for children. Her only… Continue reading Book Review: When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

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Jane is Trying by Isy Suttie

Publisher: W & N, Orion Publishing Group Genre: Women's Fiction, Adult Fiction, Entertainment Release Date: 22nd July 2021 Format reviewed: ARC Ebook (with thanks to Netgalley and Orion Publishing) Blurb Jane is trying.She's been trying for a baby, with increasing desperation as her thirties sail by.Now, she's trying to make a new start back home with… Continue reading Jane is Trying by Isy Suttie

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Book Review – The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

Publisher: Harper Collins Genre: Children’s, Middle Grade Release Date: 18th February 2021 (in paperback 6th January 2022) Format reviewed: Hardback own copy Blurb There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But… Continue reading Book Review – The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

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Writing Wednesday: Seeing Red by Anna Rymer

‘Why aren’t the lights changing Mum?!’ the whine in Maisy’s voice is reaching new levels. I don’t have an answer. ‘I need a wee!’ she shrieks. ‘I know love, you’ve told me that already haven’t you?’ Amazingly, I’m still in full calm parent mode. My heart’s bouncing around in my chest with the stress of… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Seeing Red by Anna Rymer

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Book Review: The Exploding Life of Scarlet Fife by Maz Evans

Rating: 5/5 Publisher: Hodder Children's Books, Hachette UK Genre: Children's, Middle Grade Release Date: 13th May 2021 Format reviewed: ARC Ebook (with thanks to Netgalley and Hodder Children's Books) Blurb: Cover image by Chris Jevons, 2021 Scarlett Fife has BIG FEELINGS. And when she has BIG FEELINGS, they explode out of her like an over-squeezed stress… Continue reading Book Review: The Exploding Life of Scarlet Fife by Maz Evans

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Book Review: Songbirds by Christy Lefteri

Rating: 5/5 Publisher: Bonnier Books UK: Manilla Press Genre: General Fiction (Adult) / Literary Fiction Release Date: 8th July 2021 Format reviewed: ARC Ebook (with thanks to Netgalley and Bonnier Books UK) Blurb: The powerful follow-up to the global bestseller The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Songbirds is a heart-breaking story for our times.She walks unseen through our world.Cares for our… Continue reading Book Review: Songbirds by Christy Lefteri

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Book Review: Bone Music by David Almond

Rating: 3/5 Publisher: Hachette Children's Genre: YA Fiction Release Date: 1st April 2021 Format reviewed: ARC Ebook (with thanks to Netgalley and Hachette UK) Blurb: This wonderful tale transports the reader from the city to the forests and fells of Northern England. Under a boundless starry sky, the unforgettable Sylvia Carr reconnects with the ancient… Continue reading Book Review: Bone Music by David Almond

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Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Rating: 5*/5 I am late to the party on this one and there has already been so much said, written and debated about this book, but I loved it so much I have to join in! I'm going to skip the blurb - if you haven't already come across this Booker Prize winning novel then… Continue reading Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

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Book Review: A Song of Gladness by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett (ARC)

Rating: 5/5 This is a gorgeous new picture book by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett aimed at 3-5 year olds, but actually one for all ages. It certainly has something we all need to hear and will be released next month. Blurb: Travel the globe in this inspiring journey through the animal kingdom. A Song… Continue reading Book Review: A Song of Gladness by Michael Morpurgo and Emily Gravett (ARC)

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Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Rating 4.5 / 5 This was a stunning read. It’s so beautifully written and allowed me to forget I was even reading (just as the best books always do) as it carried me across the 70-year span of the story. Blurb: A mystery, an unsolved crime and one of the most unforgettable characters since Mark… Continue reading Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey