This week my children's book reviews include a magical ice-bound adventure, an alternative Cinderella fairy tale, a magical treehouse and a thriller set in space.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
SKY SONG BY ABI ELPHINSTONE
Eska breaks free from a cursed music box to join Flint, a young inventor, to fight the evil Ice Queen in the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald. Can they free their home from her glacial control? Children will be enthralled by the eagle huntress, the organ made of ice and the close friendships at its centre. Full of myth and magic this sparkling adventure within an enchanted world will melt your heart. Narnia meets Frozen.
ISBN 978147114677 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99
ASH BOY BY LUCY COATS & MARK BEECH
When Cinder's widowed father remarries a total horror who has two bullying sons, Rock and Boulder, he doesn't think life could get much worse. Cinder just wants to have some peace in his beloved library. However, his fairy godmother magically enters him into a jousting contest. What could go wrong? An hilarious alternative to Cinderella that is guaranteed to have you in stitches. It is super readable and suitable for reluctant and dyslexic readers.
ISBN 9781781127186 PB Barrington Stoke £5.99
THE 91- STOREY TREEHOUSE BY ANDY GRIFFITHS AND TERRY DENTON
Meet Andy and his best friend Terry, who live in the most magnificent tree house ever! The seventh in this crazily imaginative series their treehouse just keeps getting bigger. They've added a whirlpool, a mashed-potato-and-gravy train and a human pinball machine. But can Terry resist pressing the Big Red Button? This is packed with fun, adventure and cartoons and will ignite children's imagination and have them roaring with laughter. It is perfect for reluctant readers.
ISBN 9781509839162 PB Macmillan £5.99
SATELLITE BY NICK LAKE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Leo has never set foot on Earth. Born and raised with twins, Orion and Libra, on a space station they must prepare to go home, back to Earth. But none of them can imagine the irreversible consequences their return will set into motion. A smart, highly original thriller based around real science that has longing and belonging at its centre. This atmospheric philosophical story will pull you into the beauty and magnitude of outer space.
ISBN 9781444936773 PB Hodder £7.99