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Trust No One: I Am Pilgrim meets Orphan X in this explosive thriller. You won't be able to put it do (Michael Joseph)

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

Loved It

This book reminded me of "The Da Vinci Code". Not because of the subject matter nor because they shared the same author. Rather because loving the Da Vinci Code is a bit of a guilty secret of mine. Loving this book will also be a bit of a guilty secret! This is reasonably well written though not perfect. There are a few stray ends and plot holes. Although Sara is three dimensional many of the supporting c ...

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The Accusation (Head of Zeus)

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

Mother & Daughter Relationship

Neil & Eve are in the final stages of adopting little Milly who is almost 5. They live in the beautiful Lake District where Eve manages community projects and a local park and Neil heads sixth form at  a local college. Just some box ticking & their family will be complete. Then there is Joan. The mother-in-law from hell. I very much enjoyed this book. It dealt with the very tricky topic of difficult mothe ...

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The Clockmaker (Matador)

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

Truly Gothic with Menacing Undertones

Annette and her young son are going to live in Scotland in the childhood home of Annette's husband, Gordon. It is just after WWII and Gordon has been killed in the war. They meet a strange, elderly gentleman who (in true gothic style) is not what he seems........ I must issue a warning to all prospective readers. This is the sort of book that leaves you with just as many questions at the end as at the begi ...

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The Book of Dirt (Text Publishing Company)

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

Emotional but also Confusing

Who was Jakub Rand and just what did he do during WWII? This is a grandson's quest to discover the real Jakub Rand. This is a real enigma of a book. In one way it is powerful and moving and yet in another it is confusing and complicated. There are several threads throughout this book some covering different characters and others the same characters at different points in their history. The book chops an ...

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The City of Secret Rivers (Walker Books)

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

Mad & Exhausting

Hyacinth is a young American girl who has just arrived in London. She is struggling to settle in and doesn't seem to have made any friends. Then one day she gets fed up with the tap in the bathroom which just won't mix the hot and cold. The rest is an exhausting and frankly quite mad rush through London. I quite enjoyed this book and can quite see its appeal for a junior school aged child. It is quite fran ...

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Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up (Candlewick Press (MA))

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Limited Appeal

This is one of those books which is beautiful with excellent illustrations and meaningful poetry but is unlikely to be frequently read by a child who owns it. The book is larger than A4 and has pastel earth tone illustrations throughout. I found the illustrations quite generic and would have liked more detailed illustrations (or even photos) of the wonderful earth features. Each large page has a haiku on ...

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Let's Discover Bugs (Candlewick Press (MA))

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

Excellent - Plenty to Do & Investigate

This is another book in the excellent Bear Hunt series designed to take children out and about in nature. In this book it is insects and bugs that are being investigated from spiders to ants, from worms to butterflies. This is an excellent book which is stacked full of information & activities. The activites aren't just designed for children who can get out into the countryside but which can be done in the ...

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Meltdown! (Candlewick Press (MA))

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Not a Great Story

Mum is taking Ruby to the supermarket. At first Ruby helps with putting things in the basket but then starts behaving badly until finally she has a complete and utter meltdown and temper tantrum in the supermarket. Something all parents can relate to. Firstly I should point out that I think there are two versions of this story. One with Roxy and grocery carts as shown in the book's descrption & one with Ru ...

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Square (Shape Trilogy) (Candlewick Press (MA))

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

Loved by an 18 Month Old!

This is the second book in the shape trilogy by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen. The first was Triangle & the third will be Circle. Now I wasn't impressed by Triangle. I found it a rather dull story with monotonous illustrations and colour scheme. However, I passed the book onto my friend's 18 month old son & recently discovered that it is his favourite book! Apparently it is his first choice for a bedtime read ...

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Can't Catch Me! (Walker Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Nice Book - Not Keen On the Ending

This is a pre-school book with a large format and great full page illustrations. Jake the mouse is the fastest mouse in the world - and the one with the biggest ego! Jake teases other animals by saying how fast he is & how they won't catch him. The text is repeated for each animal making it easy for a child to join in with the storytelling. This is rather reminiscent of the Gingerbread man who boasts he ca ...

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The Psychology of Time Travel (Head of Zeus)

1.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Confusing, Poor Characters, Vague Plot

It isn't often that I am driven to give a book 1 star but I am afraid this one pushed me to the limit. This is a book about time travel - of that there is no doubt. What else it is about rather passed me by! In 1967 four pioneering women discover time travel. By 2017 there is a culture of time travellers who seem to flit backwards and forwards in time. Time travel is strictly regulated with its own regulat ...

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The House Swap (Pamela Dorman Books)

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Slow - I Couldn't Care About the Characters

Caroline and Francis decide to go for the cut price option of a holiday & do a house swap for a week. They swap their inner city flat for a suburban house in easy reach of London. The house is minimalist and lacking in character although there are several things about the swap which make Caroline uneasy. In a parallel thread we also learn about Caroline's relationship with Carl. It happened a few years prev ...

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