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Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure (Walker Books)

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

Great Early Chapter Book

This is a fun story about a small badger called Bill who gets kidnapped by two old women who want him to fight dogs. Add into the mix some unhappy llamas and quite strange Uncle Shawn who has a plan! This is a fun story which is ideal for children who are just progressing onto chapter books. There are line drawings throughout the book usually at least one on each page opening.  Each chapter has a short pr ...

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The Cruelty (Walker Books)

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

Totally Gripping

This is a young adult book but I have to say that, despite being a distance from the description young adult, I couldn't put it down. This is a book that is fast and furious from beginning to end. It should be noted that that a lot of adult themes are involved in this book  - drugs, rape, people trafficking, prostitution, murder, torture.......Although the language used throughout the book is not crude and ...

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The Invisible Library: 1 (The Invisible Library Series) (Pan)

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

Enjoyable

I read the second book in this series first, by accident, and my advice is not to do that because this is an excellent introduction to a new world and a new literary heroine, the Librarian Irene. The story assumes an interworld library which seeks to reduce chaos among the various worlds and which sends its librarians on missions to retrieve books. It doesn't do to concentrate too hard on the rationale as ...

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Shelley and His World (Encore Editions)

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

Easy to read introduction to the poet and his world

I don't know much about Shelley's work but I was interested to read this short life of the poet. If I wanted to know more about his poetry than I would read a critical analysis and if I want to know more about his life I would seek out a longer biography. As it is, this is an interesting introduction and a very readable book. The author considers Shelley's life in chronological order and doesn't assume tha ...

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Witches Abroad: (Discworld Novel 12) (Discworld Novels) (Corgi)

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

Three witches and lot more

One of Terry Pratchett's greatest achievements was the creation of Magrat Garlick, Nanny Ogg and Esme Weatherwax - the three witches; the maiden, the mother and the crone (only NEVER say that in the hearing of Ganny Weatherwax). In this story he takes them far from their home in Lancre and away from what is familiar to them as they try to prevent a princess marrying a prince. Of course Granny and Nanny are ...

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The Devil's Star: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 3) (Vintage)

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

Grim but gripping

“The Devil’s Star” by Jo Nesbo, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett is a very typical example of the recent craze for crime novels set in Scandinavia. Nesbo is one of the stars of this sub-genre and his creation, Harry Hole, is very typical of the type of hero we have come to expect in these novels; he is a suitably tortured soul, brilliant but unable to get on with authority, has a tragic l ...

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My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past (Hodder & Stoughton)

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

An absorbing story

The book is a memoir. It is the story of Jennifer’s discovery, when she was in her thirties, that her grandfather was a German Nazi war criminal who was hanged for his crimes. He was, in fact, Amon Goeth, the commandant of the concentration camp which is featured in the film “Schilndler’s List”. Jennifer, who had been adopted as a child, only discovered this when she saw a book in a library which fe ...

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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike) (Sphere)

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

Enjoyable romp through the publishing industry

The second of this series of crime novels is set in the literary world, more particularly the world of publishing. It features the unfortunately named Cormoran Strike and his secretary Robin and follows on from the successful conclusion to his big case in "The Cuckoo's Calling". Because of the notoriety of the previous case and the ensuing publicity Strike is sought after and becoming successful. He is even ...

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The House That Nino Built (Victor Gollancz)

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

Light and funny

“The House that Nino Built” by Giovanni Guareschi is translated from the Italian by Frances Frenaye. It’s a very slim volume of short humorous stories about the author’s family life. It was written in the 1950s when the author was particularly known worldwide for his series of books featuring the Roman Catholic priest Don Camillo. I did enjoy this book of stories very much, and I have enjoyed the D ...

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Collecting the Dead (St. Martin's Press)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Didn't work for me

Magnus Craig, who is known as "Steps" for reasons that don't really make a lot of sense to me, has a paranormal gift. He can see a residue which he calls shine where people have been. This means that he is an expert for the FBI tracking team but because he is keeping this secret he has to pretend that he is actually reading physical tracks. The plot revolves around a serial killer who begins to leave traces ...

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Swimming Lessons (Fig Tree)

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

Didn't Get Under My Skin

It takes a while to really get a handle on the story within this book. There are two main threads of which one is the present day. In this thread Gil is an elderly man who has taken a tumble and whose daughter Flora comes back home to help look after him with her sister Nan. Flora's current boyfriend makes the journey as well. There are a lot spiky relationships within this group. The second thread takes th ...

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The Silent Twins (Vintage)

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

A Destructive Partnership

This is the story of June & Jennifer Gibbons. This pair of twins grew up in Wales in the 1970s and were wrapped up in their own world. They had elective mutism, food disorders and obvious problems with social interaction. The twins were also locked in a battle with each other resulting in a situation where they couldn't be together whilst at the same time couldn't be apart. I first heard about the twins on ...

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