This week my children's book reviews include a brave coming-of-age drama, a picture book about empathy, a return to Impossible Places and a magical middle grade adventure.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
SCARS LIKE WINGS BY ERIN STEWART
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Sixteen-year-old Ava must return to school after a house fire left her disfigured. After meeting Piper Ava feels more able to cope with the daily tormenting. Can Ava come to terms with her new reality? An inspiring coming-of-age tale about overcoming life's obstacles and dealing with scars whether they be inside or out. It's a brave and empathetic account of a young girl overcoming enormous adversity on her terms. A compelling story that won't be easily forgotten.
HB Simon & Schuster £12.99
A HOME FOR LUNA BY STEF GEMMILL & MEL ARMSTRONG
PICTURE BOOK 4+
When Luna, the cat washes up on a strange shore, she is scared and lonely. A group of penguins show her kindness and welcome her to their group. But will she ever feel at home? The bold and dramatic illustrations bring the story about the meaning of friendship to life. A joyful and funny story that is perfect for sharing. It would be ideal for teaching about empathy and acceptance of people's differences.
HB New Frontier Publishing £11.99
THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY BY P.G.BELL
Suzy can't wait to return to the Union of Impossible Places as a Postal Operative. But when she overhears a dastardly plan to destroy Trollville she must race through magical cloud-worlds to catch the unexpected villain. Children will adore the array of wild and wondrous characters and the illustrations by Flavia Sorrentino. It's full of treasure, quirky magic, new characters and not forgetting 'fuzzics', not physics. For every child who's dreamed of being whisked off on an adventure.
Usborne HB £12.99
THE EXTREMELY INCONVENIENT ADVENTURES OF BRONTE METTLESTONE BY JACLYN MORIARTY
When Bronte's parents are killed by pirates she is instructed in their will to deliver gifts to her ten extraordinary aunts. They include a rock star, a dragon specialist and a cruise ship captain! If she doesn't fulfil the request terrible things will happen. This steely and courageous heroine will have to battle avalanches, magic and a lot of surprises. A whimsical and imaginative fantasy quest that will enthral until the end. A spellbinding gift.
Guppy Books HB £14.99