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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

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World Book Day 2021: Our Top 21 Picture Books

Our house is bursting with books, many of which are the picture books we have lovingly collected over the last 7 and a half years (and more) as well as others that have come to stay for a short while from the library. We have loved our journey into the magic of picture books, and… Continue reading World Book Day 2021: Our Top 21 Picture Books

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Book Review: I am the Seed that Grew The Tree by Fiona Waters and Fran Preston Gannon

Rating: 5/5 It's World Book Day so a good time to review our favourite book of the year. This poetry anthology has been an absolute blessing over the past year and throughout two lockdowns, and it's absolutely stunning – a must for every family. Blurb: I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, named after… Continue reading Book Review: I am the Seed that Grew The Tree by Fiona Waters and Fran Preston Gannon

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Book Review: Flight by Vanessa Harbour

RATING: 5/5 I came across this middle-grade World War II adventure story by Vanessa Harbour when I attended an online workshop by the Golden Egg Academy. Published by Firefly Press this book has been out in the UK for a couple of years, but the recommendation sent me looking for it and I'm so glad… Continue reading Book Review: Flight by Vanessa Harbour

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Book Review: Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison and Jenny Lovlie

Rating: 4/5 Our local libraries (Wirral Libraries) are now offering an order-and-collect service, which is fantastic for our book loving family and also the bank balance! Raise your hand if, like me, you spent all the money saved from staying home during lockdown on books!? Too tempting wasn't it? But this kind of spending can't… Continue reading Book Review: Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison and Jenny Lovlie