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The Toymakers (Del Rey)

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

A Magical Book in a Magical Emporium

This is a magical story about a magical place. The Emporium sits in a quiet alleyway in London. It opens on the night of the first frost and closes at the flowering of the first snowdrop. Inside is a magical toyshop like no other. The building doesn't seem quite big enough to contain the many aisles and floors that exist on the inside. The toys are just a little bit more special and magical than real toys. ...

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The Black Painting (HQ)

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

Solid Plot with Plenty of Twists

Teresa's Grandfather owned a black painting by Goya. Supposedly it put a curse on the family causing all sorts of problems - they are certainly dramatically dysfunctional. It was stolen 15 years ago causing a rift through the family that never healed. However, Teresa has now been summonded back to the house at Owl's Point by her Grandfather. I knew nothing about Goya's black paintings before I stated this ...

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The After War (Brandon Zenner)

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

Well Constructed - Not That Original

Set two years after an apocalyptic disease has wiped out society and much of mankind, we see a new USA. There are pockets of people struggling to survive by whatever means - fair means or foul. We follow Brian and his cousin Steve as they leave their bunker for the first time in two years. They plan to journey east to connect with other family members. At a similar time Simon and his dog Winston leave their ...

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Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians! (Walker Books)

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

Funny but Stacked with Facts

This is the second of the Julius Zebra series which I have read. In this book we follow Julius and his friends as he travels to ancient Egypt and is mistaken for a god......well until it all goes wrong and they get into all sorts of scrapes! These Julius Zebra books are full of high energy fun and silliness which exactly appeals to the junior school age. Things go predictably wrong and Julius gets into all ...

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Coldmaker (HarperVoyager)

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

Interesting World

Set on a planet which is mostly desert, the Nobles have control of the cold and the lowly Jadens get the merest leftovers. Micah is an unusual boy. Scavenging amongst the rubbish at night he tinkers, creating forbidden mechanical inventions. Death is a constant threat but then so is rebellion. The bottom line of this book is not disimilar to many post-apocalypic type books. However, there is no guarantee t ...

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Pick a Pine Tree (Walker Books)

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

Christmas is Beginning.....

This is an ideal book to read in the run up to Christmas. It tells the story of putting up a Christmas Tree from the choosing and buying, decorating and then singing carols around it when completed. Not every family will do everything in this book but there is enough there for every child to recognise at least something. The illustrations are wonderful. Each double page opening is covered with a ...

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National Theatre: Play in a Box (Walker Books)

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

Great Set - Imagination Has No Bounds

So many children love to put on plays for friends and families. This little box is stacked with ideas to help facilitate this and stretch a child's imagination. The very sturdy box contains - Character cards Plot Twist Book Setting Cards A Programme Template Tickets Stagecraft Handbook The handbook contains suggestions for making costumes and scenery, how to structure the play, lighting and ...

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Creaturmals Adventure Series Book 1: Making Friends (Austin Macauley Publishers)

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

Fun with a Pengaroo & Womduck!!

Leon the possum loves tales of adventure and dreams of going off on an adventure one day. One moring as he was drifting off to sleep Leon sets off on his adventure in his dreams. He meets all sorts of creaturmals and they set off for adventures. This is an Australian based book so the animals featured in it are Australian including possums and wombats. There are also references to the bush. This ...

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The Coven (Beatrice Scarlet) (Head of Zeus)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Little Empathy with the Characters

Beatrice is alone in the New World with the exception of her small daughter, Florence. She returns to London to work for a missionary society which cares for "fallen women". She stumbles across a den of iniquity where nothing is quite what it seems. I felt that this book started quite well if slowly. The setting was reasonable but I was envisioning a later period in history than 1758. Beatrice frequently t ...

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Murder at the Book Group (Book Group Mysteries) (Pocket Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Sara Eames

Slow to start but worth sticking with

This book was very slow to start - with lots of characters so that it took me some time to sort out who was who in my head - but, once it got going, it developed into quite a good cosy murder mystery.  The characters were well-written and the plot moved at a steady pace.  I did find it confusing at times but I am glad that I persevered to the end.  I will probably read more by this author.

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Sleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse (Talos)

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

Unusual Style - A Challenging Read

What if you couldn't sleep one night. Not unusual, it happens to us all occasionally. However what if it happens to us all on the same night? No one in the world sleeps. Most odd. Then again the following night, and the following night................ The format of this book is most unusual. It is written as a series of first person oral histories. Each chapter gives one person's snapshot of what is happen ...

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Bad Sister: The new gripping psychological thriller you won’t be able to put down in 2017 (Avon)

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

Solid Thriller

Connie is building up her counselling practice in Totnes, Devon. She has a very interesting client, Stephanie, who is in the witness protection scheme and trying to build a new life with her son. What Stephanie is telling Connie doesn't match up with the police history. When an escaped prisoner is found dead with Connie's name on his hand events start running away from Connie. Why is her name on his hand? W ...

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