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Back from the Abyss

It's very odd how it's possible to start a blog with every intention of updating it every few days, and then life somehow gets in the way and all of a sudden it is nine months later and you haven't posted anything in a while. Whoops! 2018 has been chaotically brilliant - and brilliantly chaotic… Continue reading Back from the Abyss

Reviews, Top Picks

Review: The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart

It's been a very busy couple of weeks, in spite of the Christmas holidays being in full swing! Amongst the festivities (which I spent abroad in Sweden - I'm actually writing this on the plane back!) I was given the chance to have a sneaky early peek at a copy of The Eye of the… Continue reading Review: The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart

Diversity in Children's Books, Featured Topics, Reviews, Top Picks

Diversity in Children’s books: LGBTQ in focus

Part of my series on Diversity in Children's Books. LGBTQ characters in children's books are constantly a source of controversy. Have a look at any list of banned books and you won't have to go far to find characters who come under this umbrella term. To be honest, I get quite weary of the controversy.… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s books: LGBTQ in focus

Diversity in Children's Books, Featured Topics, Reviews

Diversity in Children’s Books: Diverse Voices

Another of my diversity in children's books posts, this post focusses on self-identified BAME, disabled, and queer authors. First up: why is it important to hear stories from these authors? Honestly, I think it's a bit depressing that this is a question, but publishing is so dominated by a particular white, middle-class group of people… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s Books: Diverse Voices

Diversity in Children's Books, Featured Topics, Reviews, Top Picks

Diversity in Children’s Books: Disability

Part of my series on Diverse children's books. For more information check out the tags. First of all, I'd like to say that I've reached out to others for a bit of help with putting together this list. Whilst I have family members who have disabilities, I am not disabled myself, and so I wanted… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s Books: Disability

Featured Topics

On Diversity in Children’s Books

This post is the first in a series of features on diversity in children's books. This particular one doesn't contain any book suggestions, but please keep on reading. I'd like to talk a bit about why diversity is so important. It's a truth almost universally acknowledged that children are shaped largely by their environment and… Continue reading On Diversity in Children’s Books

Top Picks

Top Picks: Christmassy Capers

Christmas is almost upon us, and for the past month all of the shops have been playing Christmas tunes. If you're feeling ready for the holiday season, why not put your feet up with a few of these festive favourites. After all - It's cold outside! Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens Wells and Wong… Continue reading Top Picks: Christmassy Capers

Reviews

Review: Pax by Sarah Pennypacker

Pax is the timeless tale of a fox and his boy, of war and peace, of the things we keep and those we leave behind. War is coming to Peter's country, and he is evacuated to a town hundreds of miles from home to his grandfather's house. His father, who is going away to war,… Continue reading Review: Pax by Sarah Pennypacker

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Review: The Wells and Wong Mysteries by Robin Stevens

A fantastic series of schoolgirl capers that draw as much from Sherlock Holmes as Malory Towers, the Wells and Wong Mysteries are an absolutely delightful series of books about Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong, investigators extraordinaire! The first book, Murder Most Unladylike, takes place at Deepdean School for girls, where they find a teacher dead… Continue reading Review: The Wells and Wong Mysteries by Robin Stevens

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Review: Malkin Moonlight by Emma Cox

Every journey begins with one paw step. Malkin Moonlight is the tale of an unwanted black cat who survives in spite of all of the odds to do great things for all of Cat-kind. He is given the gift of his name by the moon, and is told he has a destiny. On his adventures… Continue reading Review: Malkin Moonlight by Emma Cox