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Review: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

A thoughtful and enjoyable read, this book is a fantastic way to introduce the concept of OCD and mental health issues to middle grade readers. Matthew Corbin hasn't left the house in weeks. In fact, he barely leaves his room, except to go into the front bedroom/office of his house to watch his neighbours as… Continue reading Review: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

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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

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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

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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

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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