Tag Archives: Families

Read Between the Lies by Malcolm Duffy

Read Between the Lies is a story of family drama, secrets, lies and finding the courage to deal with life’s more difficult experiences. It also has at its core a valuable message. Malcolm Duffy’s latest novel for teens shines a … Continue reading

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Pick of the Picture Books – March

There are only thirty two pages in a picture book. Not much space to say a great deal you might think. This month two new picture books arrived on my shelves that say a great deal through both their words … Continue reading

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The Secret Sunshine Project by Benjamin Dean illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat

The Secret Sunshine Project is a fitting title for a book that fizzes with positivity. Benjamin Dean’s second middle grade novel is a gentle and understanding look at a family learning to live with loss. A story of kindness, courage … Continue reading

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The Hideaway by Pam Smy

Sometimes you read a great deal about a book before you get to read the book itself, so much so that you can feel that you know the story in advance. The Hideaway by Pam Smy was, for me, such … Continue reading

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Lulu’s Sleepover by Anna McQuinn illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

The Lulu series of books captures the world of small children and the little details that matter most to them. In this latest title Lulu experiences a rite of passage that may trouble little ones initially but in the hands … Continue reading

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Know My Place by Eve Ainsworth

Know My Place by Eve Ainsworth is a sensitive story about a teenager searching for home and family that explores complex issues surrounding foster care with kindness and understanding. An empathetic read for teens, it would also be useful for … Continue reading

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Zeki Loves Mummy – Words by Anna McQuinn Pictures by Ruth Hearson

The latest in the Zeki series is a joy filled look at a baby’s typical day featuring those everyday moments that are in reality the important moments at the heart of a toddler’s life. A small book full of love … Continue reading

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A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

A Thousand Questions is a story of friendship, families, cultures and differences and it also provides some answers. It shows children that it is possible to build bridges across divisions in order to form friendships and that often people are … Continue reading

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The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

I fell in love with this book from the opening paragraph. Hilary McKay’s gorgeous writing captures both the power of stories to transport us and the promise that magic exists if we open our eyes to it. “There were no … Continue reading

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Sequin and Stitch by Laura Dockrill illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Laura Dockrill’s debut for Barrington Stoke weaves together family, loss and hope in a story that is both poignant and striking in its portrayal of our society. This is a touching and imaginative tale with love at its centre. Nine … Continue reading

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