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Friday, 13 January 2017

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW JANUARY 14-15

 This week my pick of childrens books for The South Wales Evening Post include two inspiring coming of age tales, a fascinating book about space and a fun story for girl gamers.   Enjoy!


BOOK OF THE WEEK


WING JONES BY KATHERINE WEBBER
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Wing is struggling with her Chinese and Ghanaian heritage, feeling caught between two worlds. However when Wing's talented brother is involved in a tragic accident its time for her to shine and bring new hope to her family. Finding freedom in her running can she also find her true self? The story deals with a wonderfully dysfunctional family, a clash of cultures and generational gaps. An emotional roller coaster of family loyalty, overcoming tragedy and self belief. Inspiring.
ISBN 9781406374995 PB Walker Books £7.99





DESTINATION: SPACE BY DR CHRISTOPH ENGLERT
CHILDRENS 7+
Are you fascinated with outer space? Do you wonder how planet earth came into being? This educational book answers all your questions and more. From black holes to life on other planets the facts are cleverly and vibrantly illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole. There is also a huge pull-out poster at the back so hop on board the space shuttle to explore. Short listed for the Blue Peter Book Awards this will satisfy every little budding astronaut.
ISBN 9781847808240 HB Wide Eyed Editions £12.99








AMY LEE AND THE DARKNESS HEX BY AMY LEE
CHILDRENS 7+
YouTube superstar Amy Lee brings to life her hugely popular Minecraft world. It will appeal to girl gamers and encourage them to read as well. A strange purple cloud is threatening Amy's kingdom. Can she save her land from this poisonous dark magic? An exciting, dramatic adventure with familiar characters richly illustrated in black and white. Also an interesting interview about the author and her creation at the back.
ISBN 9781407172231 PB Scholastic £6.99




A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER BY SARA BARNARD
YOUNG ADULT 12+
Steffi doesn't talk and Rhys can't hear. Struggling to fit in they understand each other perfectly. A valuable tale about how important it is to communicate. Sometimes the quietest voice is the most powerful. A coming of age story full of vivid characters that are empathetic, heartfelt and sensitive. Will inspire lots of discussion in book groups and class. There is no such thing as perfect but you can be fabulously and brilliantly unique.
ISBN 9781509810987 PB Macmillan Childrens Books £7.99