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Invisible Cities
Book Review

Invisible Cities

Italo Calvino. Vintage. (160p) ISBN 9780099429838 Another book in my classics reading exercise, amazingly enough a lot of the books I’ve read whilst doing this are from Vintage Books. Not only are the editions well-translated or adapted they are beautiful having wonderful covers. Invisible Cities is a fictional set of conversations between Kublai Khan and …

Ghost Boys
Book Review

Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes. Hachette. (224p) ISBN 9781510104396 Ghost Boys is another book I read a while back and am just getting around to reviewing. Jerome is 12, Jerome is black, Jerome is shot dead by police whilst playing with a toy gun. The story then continues of what happened up to and including where Jerome …

Pax
Book Review

Pax

Sara Pennypacker. HarperCollins. (288p) ISBN 9780008158286 I will make this clear right from the start. Pax had me in tears at several points, the whole of the first chapter was so sad I had to put the book away for a week before I went back to it, but once I went back to it …

What is Poetry?
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What is Poetry?

Michael Rosen. Walker Books. (208p) ISBN 9781844287635 Let’s just get it out of the way at the start – I love Michael Rosen. There I said it. ‘What is Poetry?’ is one of the funnest books on poetry I’ve ever read, it seems to be aimed at a young audience, probably middle-grade readers. This doesn’t …

Beetle Queen
Book Review

Beetle Queen

M.G. Leonard. Chicken House. (352p) ISBN 9781910002773 Continuing the adventures of Darkus, Victoria and Bertolt, ‘Beetle Queen’ is another wonderfully crafted book. Written by M.G. Leonard, illustrated by Elisabet Portabella and published by Chichen House Publishing, and as with ‘Beetle Boy’ the special edition has a decorated fore edge. Lucretia Cutter has got away at …

The Hate U Give
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The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas. Walker Books. (464p) ISBN 9781406372151 What can you say about a book that has won so many awards, been featured in so many blogs, has a film coming out and has had so many words written about it already? The only thing I can add is that I love it, though it was …

The Island at the End of Everything
Book Review

The Island at the End of Everything

Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Chicken House. (256p) ISBN 9781910002766 Based on a real island in the Philippines, Kiran tells the story of Amhi, The Island at the End of Everything a young girl who’s mother is Touched (has leprosy). Different from her previous story ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ in that it doesn’t have a …