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Tragedy at Sea – The Sinking of the Titanic by David Long illustrated by Stefan Tambellini

The Titanic has been the subject of numerous books, TV and film productions over the years, many of them concentrating on the human tragedy itself. Award winning children’s non-fiction writer David Long has taken a subtly different look at this … Continue reading

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Featherlight by Peter Bunzl illustrated by Anneli Bray.

Inspired by real life lighthouse heroines Grace Darling and Ida Lewis, Featherlight combines family, myth and courage in a tender story of hope. ‘I am the lighthouse keeper’s daughter, And I keep the lighthouse by the water. Keep the oil … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction for Children – Little Bird Lands by Karen McCombie

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and historical fiction for children particularly so, therefore this sequel to Little Bird Flies has been eagerly anticipated since I first heard about it. I was not disappointed. Little Bird has matured, … Continue reading

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New Books Out This Month – Facts and Fiction Made Accessible for Children

As a primary school librarian I was always looking out for books that would hook those children that it was a little bit harder for me to reach. The children who found reading a little tricky or maybe just not … Continue reading

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Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

An irresistible mixture of mystery, danger, history and fantasy this story by award winning author Sally Gardner has a fairytale quality that makes the book a delight to curl up with on a winter evening. From the opening lines this … Continue reading

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Barrington Stoke – Making Brilliant Stories Accessible to More Readers

As a school librarian I have long been a fan of the books published by Barrington Stoke. From their earliest days they have produced stories that are inviting to children, written by top authors, of a length that is not … Continue reading

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When We Were Warriors by Emma Carroll Review and links to teaching resources (Book 6 of my #20BooksofSummer)

Ever since her debut novel, Frost Hollow Hall I have found Emma Carroll’s historical fiction a treat to savour. I am shamefully late to reading this collection of short stories but having found the opportunity to sit down and enjoy … Continue reading

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Anna at War by Helen Peters (20 Books of Summer -Book 3)

“The British were so magnanimous to welcome us foreigners… truly showing a phenomenal humanity.” These words were part of the inspiration for this enthralling and immensely thoughtful book set in World War 2. They were said by a woman in … Continue reading

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr – 20 Books of Summer (1/20)

“Nowadays, my escape from Germany and everything that followed seems far away. I’ve lived in London more than seventy years. I have been happily married and our children are a joy. It has been a wonderfully happy life. But it … Continue reading

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Owen and the Soldier by Lisa Thompson

Owen and the Soldier is a touching story relating how we all need to have someone to listen to us when times are hard but also need to be brave enough to ask. In her first title for Barrington Stoke, … Continue reading

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