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5 05, 2018

Book Of The Week: How I Live Now

2018-05-05T12:44:58+00:00 May 5th, 2018|Categories: Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , |

How I Live Now by Reg Rosoff   This Guardian Fiction Prizewinner book centers around fifteen-year-old Daisy, sent to live with estranged cousins in the countryside for the summer. Finding love and herself, Daisy's life is thrown into turmoil when the country is hit by the effects of war that leave even the furthest reaches [...]

6 04, 2018

Book of The Week: Phoebe And Her Unicorn

2018-04-06T17:08:51+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Categories: Kids, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

Fairytale as old as time... or is it? When Phoebe bumps into Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, a real-life unicorn, an unorthodox and hilarious friendship is born. Marigold is not the gentle, endearing creature you might imagine, but self-absorbed and occasionally air-headed, much to Phoebe's chagrin as she must juggle the trials of childhood with the extra [...]

24 03, 2018

Book of The Week: Skulduggery Pleasant

2018-03-24T12:55:34+00:00 March 24th, 2018|Categories: Kids, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Picks|Tags: , , |

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy It's not often that you find out that a newly deceased relative was caught up in magical dealings, but Stephanie Edgeley takes it pretty well. When she crosses paths with Skulduggery Pleasant, the re-animated skeleton of a long-dead sorcerer, now working as a detective for the magical community, her own [...]

17 02, 2018

Book Of The Week: The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club

2018-02-17T13:44:15+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Kids, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

In a world of magic, mystery and exploration a baby girl is rescued from the frigid wastes of the Arctic by the famous, and slightly odd, explorer: Felix Pearl.  Felix gave his new daughter his last name, but asked the fairies to give her a first name.  The fairies gave her two: Stella Starflake, and [...]

10 02, 2018

Book of The Week: The Bell Jar

2018-02-10T11:32:40+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Categories: Fiction, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , , |

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath   Esther lives in New York. She works as a writer and socialises with the most elite circles a woman can hope to. Her life seems like something she ought to be proud of and content with, until you walk a mile in her shoes. Everywhere Esther turns she [...]

25 11, 2017

Book of The Week: Santa Claude

2017-11-25T11:57:08+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Kids, Staff Picks|Tags: , |

Santa Claude by Alex T Smith   Claude, a portly and beloved family dog, is left alone on Christmas Eve while his owners go to a fancy party, to return at midnight. While all falls silent, Claude realises an intruder has broken in, and in a flurry manages to handcuff them to an armchair. Except [...]

18 11, 2017

Book of The Week: Uglies

2017-11-18T10:33:57+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , |

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld   Tally's life doesn't begin, in her opinion, until she turns sixteen. When she turns sixteen, she will undergo a mandatory, life-changing series of brutal operations, and be spat out the other side of it fully transformed from an Ugly to a Pretty. Pretties live glorious lives of celebrity, luxury... and [...]

11 11, 2017

SKETCHY REVIEW #5 • Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

2017-11-12T18:08:03+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Kids, Sketchy Reviews, Staff Picks|Tags: , , , |

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse belongs to a new breed of children’s book. Its seamless double-act of words and art by Chris Riddell is an indication of the depth in storytelling that it offers readers; each page is rich with the story's magic, and that’s captivating. While turning the purple-tipped pages of [...]

28 10, 2017

Book of The Week: Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead

2017-10-26T13:50:57+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: Fiction, Staff Picks, Teen|Tags: , , |

Magnus Chase and The Ship of The Dead by Rick Riordan   Magnus was always worried about how he was going to manage the sea voyage, but when your cousin is dating the son of the sea god, things should be fine right?  Of course by the time the team from floor 19 of the [...]