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Saturday, 16 July 2016

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW JULY 16TH-17TH

My children's books this week for The South Wales Evening Post include a great holiday young adult fiction book where two worlds collide, an little bear's adventure on the beach, a young welsh boy saving his family business with his Italian heritage and a retelling of Dracula's tale . All In the Weekend Magazine Section. Enjoy!


BOOK OF THE WEEK


HOW NOT TO DISAPPEAR BY CLARE FURNISS
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Two worlds collide when a pregnant teenage Hattie goes on a road trip with Gloria her great aunt who’s suffering from the onset of dementia. One must decide on the course of her future and the other make amends with the past before it's forgotten. A thought provoking journey of two halves that will have you crying and laughing. Bitter sweet this is a great summer read that will appeal to all ages.
ISBN 9781471120312 PB Simon & Schuster £7.99
5/5 Stars




BEARS AT THE BEACH BY EMMA CARLISLE
PICTUREBOOK 3+
In this delightful seaside adventure The Bear Family enjoy a day out making sandcastles and going on a boat trip. However when little bear wanders off he gets lost. How will he find his parents? The bright illustrations really capture a sunny day on the beach with lots for the children to look at and find such as starfish and crabs. Also carries a gentle but important warning about the dangers of wandering off on your own.
ISBN 9781447257455 PB Macmillan £6.99
5/5 Stars



SWEET PIZZA BY G.R. GEMIN

CHILDRENS 8+

Joe vows to save the family business in South Wales by injecting it with elements of his Italian heritage. Inspired by the authors own Welsh/Italian family history this delightful and pertinent story highlights how our society can be enriched with a mix of cultures and overcome differences through understanding and friendship. With a cast of beautifully drawn diverse characters this thought provoking charming tale has a wide appeal. Longlisted for The Guardian Childrens Fiction Prize.

 ISBN 9780857636300 PB Nosy Crow £6.99
5/5 Stars




AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE
YOUNG ADULT 13+

This is an alternative imagining of Dracula's story. Lada is an anti heroine that will enrage and inspire but whom you certainly don't want to mess with. Brutal, passionate and determined to protect her more sensitive brother when they are abandoned to be raised by the Ottoman Sultan her goal is survival and revenge. Love and loyalty play out against Machiavellian plots, savagery and a taste of romance. Not for the faint hearted.

ISBN 9780552573740 PB Penguin £7.99

4/5 Stars




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