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Tales of Woodland Village Melissa Mouse (Austin Macauley Publishers)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Moral Story for Younger Children

Melissa Mouse is admiring her new dress when Frederick the Frog zooms past on a bike knocking her into a ditch. Despite this Melissa tries to help Frederick out of the pond where he is stuck. This isn't a particularly exciting or indepth story but it does have a good moral. Despite Frederick Frog making her dress dirty, Melissa Mouse does help him and in the end he does buy her a new one. There is plenty t ...

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Pigsticks and Harold: The Ends of the Earth (Walker Books Ltd)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Great Fun for Early Readers

This is a fun little book which is ideal for early independent readers. Pigsticks decides to be an explorer like his ancestor so with Harold the hamster carrying his luggage they set off. They hike through a jungle, over a dangerous rope bridge, through and desert and climb a mountain looking for the ends of the earth. This is a fun anf amusing book. There are plenty of comic book style illustrations which ...

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Unregistered (City Owl Press)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Utopian or Dystopian?

Set in a quite near future, the world has become ever more controlled. Lives are dictated to - who to marry, what to eat, what job to do and so on. There is a strict one child policy but there are still unregistered second children for whom life is very restricted and perilous. Bristol breaks curfew on a nightly basis to express himself in grafitti. An unregulated second child he faces life imprisonment or ...

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Magpie's Song (The IronHeart Chronicles) (Allison Pang)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Well Constructed World & Plot

As with any fantasy book that is creating a new world, this book had many areas which were quite slow. This book took a while to get going and I took a while to get my head around the world that the author has created. I won't explain it in too much detail as it is best discovered slowly within the book. However, this is a steampunk fantasy world which is a mix of Victorian & Edwardian with fantasy elements ...

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The Bedlam Stacks: The Astonishing Historical Fantasy from the International Bestselling Author of T (Bloomsbury Circus)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Intersting Combination of History & Fantasy

This is an interesting combination of historical fiction with some fantasy & a bit of steampunk thrown in. Merrick is sent off to Peru on an expedition with his "friend" Clem with whom he seems to have a love/hate relationship. They are sent by the Government, with some input from the East India Company, to smuggle out some trees that produce quinine in order to tackle the growing problem of malaria in Ind ...

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Grief Cottage (Bloomsbury UK)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

I am Not Sure Where the Author Was Going.......

I am not sure that I ever worked out where this book was going and consequently I am not sure if it ever got there. Marcus is orphaned at the age of 11. His Mother goes out for a pizza and the car slips on some ice and crashes. Marcus ends up living on an island with a great-aunt that he has not met previously. Marcus is quite a strange boy. He is perfectly happy in his own company and that of older peopl ...

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Across The Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Some good short stories and one excellent novella

If you have read the Abhorsen books then you are going to want to read this collection of short stories because the very first one is connected to that trilogy and not really understandable unless you have the background. It is really a novella rather than a short story. It is an excellent story and well worth reading if you are a fan of the novels. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Dead And Buried (Cooper and Fry) (Sphere)

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Entertaining crime thriller

I have read some of this series of books previously but not the most recent ones so I didn't get all the references to things which had happened and nor did I entirely understand all the tensions in the relationship between Ben Cooper and Diane Fry. This took the edge off my enjoyment of this book a little which was a pity as I otherwise found it an entertaining and gripping read. ...

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The Host (Sphere)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Slow and long but some good ideas here

Although there is some good stuff in this book and it is based on an interesting idea it really suffers from being too long. I did feel very much as though I was enduring rather than reading it at some points because the book was so slow. Had it been pruned and more tightly focussed I think it would have been a better book. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West  (Sphere)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

The format is limiting but I loved it

This is a play. It is pointless expecting character development and subtlety because it is not a novel. What you get are stage directions and what the characters say and you have to fill in the gaps yourself because that would normally be the job of the director and the actors. Fortunately having already read seven books set in the same universe and knowing the back story and the ...

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The King is Dead (Head of Zeus)

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Interesting discussion of the death and will of Henry VIII

I have the hard backed version of this book and it is a truly lovely object - it is well laid out and full of illustrations and drawings. Don't let that lead you astray, however, this is a work of history and designed to be part of the writings on Tudor England. It isn't long but it concentrates only on the death of Henry VIII and what is in his will. Buy Book Now Read Review

 
 

Seeking Robinson Crusoe (Pan)

2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

Disappointing

I thought that this book lacked focus. It tells the story of Alexander Selkirk who was the model for Robinson Crusoe. It then tells us about other castaways of the same era and in addition there is a travel aspect to the book as the writer visits the area where some of the castaways happened. I found this approach bitty and distracting and I lost where and when I was on a couple o ...

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