This week my children's book reviews include a magical middle grade adventure, a story of evolution, a thriller for car fans and an hilarious coming of age tale based in a bookshop.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
MIRROR MAGIC BY CLAIRE FAYERS
Orphans Ava and her brother move to Wyse, set between England and Wales, and are catapulted into an ancient mystery. Wyse connects to the magical Unworld through mirrors. But why is the magic disappearing? In this Victorian adventure, Ava joins forces with a fairy, Howell, to protect a magic book of prophecy that could save them all. The charismatic cast of characters, creepy skeletons, enchanted hats and a snappy dog will keep young readers spellbound.
ISBN 9781509870066 PB Macmillan £6.99
NB. Watch out for my interview with Claire on on my blog June 11th.
MOTH BY ISABEL THOMAS & DANIEL EGNEUS
PICTURE BOOK 4+
A remarkable evolution story of the Moth. It captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world. A unique and fascinating introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection. The striking inky illustrations imagine the peppered moths adaption to it's surrounding world of light and dark. The glorious atmospheric pictures of nature versus the city are dramatic and evocative. A visual spectacular that is a fascinating introduction to the extraordinary resilience of our natural world.
ISBN 9781408889756 HB Bloomsbury £12.99
Sam arrives in a strange new school to find a kid has gone missing and everyone is addicted to a mysterious computer game. When he meets some new friends including Ford Harrison and Minnie Cooper events take a dangerous turn. Can the man in the white suite help them? The Japanese style illustrations drive this action-packed adventure forward and will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for car and computer game fans.
ISBN 9781848126459 PB Piccadilly £5.99
YOUNG ADULT 14+
Paige Turner is determined to save the bookshop that she works in from closing down. Can she run a successful bookshop campaign while fighting her attraction to a beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? A ribald, anarchic contemporary tale of the ups and downs of being a teenager, set against the backdrop of our declining high street. Genuinely laugh out loud moments and a feminist heroine that will have a considerable appeal. A perfect Summer read.
ISBN 9781471407116 Hot Key £6.99