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August Book of the Month Review: Crooked Sixpence

When their grandmother has an accident, siblings Ivy and Seb Sparrow return home to discover two strange men wielding toilet brushes, and the distinct aroma of wet dog throughout the house. So begins their foray into the strange undergrounf city of Lundinor. Full of the fun and wonder of Diagon Alley, brilliantly drawn characters embroiled in the web of family secrets and some very, VERY strange objects - this is an absolute treat of a new series! Amelia  - Read More

Review: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is like going on a nostalgic trip to your home town and all of the old friends you grew up with are there, exactly the way you remember them, yet changed somehow. It answers questions that had been left unanswered and fuses past and present in an enchanting little package. Obviously, picking up the Harry Potter script book comes with weighty connotations, but I wasn’t expecting to come away from this new instalment with such enthusiasm. Whilst the magic remains hovering on the sidelines, the relationship between Harry and his youngest son Albus..  - Read More

Review: These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly

As I am a fan of anything Jennifer Donnelly writes, I was beyond excited to hear that she was going to tackle historical fiction for young adults again, this time set in 1890s New York. Donnelly does a fantastic job of engaging you into life as it might have been then with meticulous attention to detail; all the while keeping up the suspense and unexpected revelations surrounding the murder of Charles Montfort – wealthy father of the beautiful (yet secretly unconventional) Jo – and the sizzling romance plot. Complex, gritty, and a down right page turner, Donnelly has created yet..  - Read More

Review: The Art of Being Normal

David has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. When Leo, the new kid at school stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long… 12+ Amelia  - Read More

Review: Iris and the Tiger - Leanne Hall

Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune – and her sprawling estate – to Iris's scheming parents. From the moment Iris arrives she is embroiled in a strange and whimsical mystery of art, life and family. She is determined to discover exactly what her Aunt Ursula is hiding. Charming, delightful and utterly enchanting!  10+ Amelia  - Read More

Review: Anna and the Swallow Man - Gavriel Savit

When her college professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.  Weaving elements of fairytale, folktale, historical fiction, magical realism, and the precarious balance between the adulthood and childhood world, Anna and the Swallow Man is a book of many facets that is nevertheless cohesive. Truly effecting and wonderful I cannot recommend this enough! 10+ Amelia  - Read More

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