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Friday, 6 January 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW COLUMN JAN 7-8

A new year welcomes in a plethora of new and exciting childrens books. This week my pick for The South Wales Evening Post include a psychological thriller about an amnesiac, a story to help little ones count, a lost fox and boy who try and help each other and a contemporary tale about the pitfalls of stardom. Enjoy!


BOOK OF THE WEEK


THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS BY EMILY BARR
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Flora has had severe amnesia for years until she remembers kissing a boy she shouldn't have. What ensues is a chilling psychological thriller that takes Flora on an adventure to the Arctic to find her first love. Or is it really to find herself? Is she being kept safe or is she trapped? Who can she trust? A coming of age mystery about loss, memory and a haunting obsession that is unforgettable. Perfect for book groups of all ages and fans of Hitchcock and Before I Go To Sleep.
ISBN 9780141368511 PB Penguin Random House £7.99






ONE THING BY LAUREN CHILD
PICTURE BOOK 4+
The irrepressible Charlie and Lola return in an energetic and fun story using numbers as they go to the shops. The combination of the exuberant illustrations actively invites children to really think about and understand numbers and how they work as Lola is told she can only have one thing. Really clever combination of text and illustrations putting numbers out of order, making you think and work the sums out and ultimately understand. The brother and sister dynamic has universal appeal perfectly aimed at little minds.
ISBN 9781408339015 PB Orchard Books £6.99








THE WHITE FOX BY JACKIE MORRIS
CHILDRENS 8+
When Sol finds a lost Arctic fox in the Seattle docks he immediately identifies with his wild, lost spirit. Taking the fox home can he help reunite his own family as well? Inspired by a true story this beautiful hardback gift edition by award winning artist and illustrator Jackie is a book to treasure. Deliberately designed to be dyslexia friendly with a clear layout and typeface this has a wide appeal for animal lovers and children with reading difficulties.
ISBN: 9781781125229 HB Barrington Stoke £10.99








GONE WILD BY ROBERT MUCHAMORE
YOUNG ADULT 12+
For X factor and The Voice fans this is the perfect read. Young teen bands fight it out in a reality show to win a shot at stardom. The third in this sparkling and glossy series follow their personal journeys and highs and lows. Will corruption derail their dreams and is the spotlight too bright for them? All that glitters is not gold. Great behind the scenes insight if your interested in reality shows and show business.
 ISBN: 9781444914610 HB Hachette Childrens £9.99