This week my children's book reviews include a heart stopping fantasy, a courageous stoat, a history of when women won the right to vote and an empathetic romance that deals with diversity and prejudice.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
EVERLESS BY SARA HOLLAND
YOUNG ADULT 12+
In a mythical kingdom time is currency and only the rich live for centuries. When Jules is forced to work for the ruling family to buy time for her dying father, she is torn between two brothers who may know the truth about her mysterious past. A seductive world that reveals it's secrets with every Machiavellian twist and turn. You will want to stop time to finish reading this book in one sitting.
ISBN 9781408353394 HB Orchard £12.99
THE TRAVELS OF ERMINE BY JENNIFER GRAY & ELISA PAGANELLI
Ermine is a little stoat determined to see the world. First on her list is New York and she can't wait to see Central Park Zoo; The Rockefeller Building and ride in a yellow taxi. But when her suitcase is switched Ermine finds herself chased by robbers. This tiny heroine will charm young readers with her bravery; humour and independence. Brimming with black and white illustrations that pepper every page, this is a lovely gift.
ISBN 9781474927253 PB Usborne £5.99
REBEL VOICES BY EVE LLOYD KNIGHT & LOUISE KAY STEWART
This stunning book celebrates the brave campaigners who fought for women's right to vote. Tracing its history from the pioneering women of New Zealand in 1893 to online activism in Kuwait in 2005, this will educate; surprise, outrage and ultimately empower. Partnered with striking illustrations, this is about strong and courageous women who refused to bow to convention and were brave enough to fight to have their voice heard. Inspiring.
ISBN 9781526300232 HB Wren & Rook £12.99
LOVE, HATE & OTHER FILTERS BY SAMIRA AHMED
YOUNG ADULT 14+
Maya dreams of being a filmmaker in New York but her family have other ideas. She is also torn between the boy she should like and the one she does like. Then a suicide bomber changes their destiny forever. This romantic and relevant debut about Islamophobia shows how it affects the typical life of a teenage girl. The book has a compelling empathetic voice which will touch your heart as it copes with themes of diversity; prejudice and multiculturalism.
ISBN 9781471407147 PB Hot Key £ 7.99