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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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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: 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: 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