This week my children's book reviews include an epic fantasy inspired by African myth, a baby whale embarking on a journey across the sea with her mother, an anthology of inspiring women and a romantic mystery inspired by the Sirens.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post.
A great selection of books for Mother's Day
BOOK OF THE WEEK
CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY TOMI ADEYEMI
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Zelie must learn to harness her outlawed magic to fight a tyrannical king. When his daughter, Princess Amari, rebels and joins the cause they must outrun the crown prince who is determined to finish what his father started and destroy magic for good. This sweeping fantasy, inspired by African mythology, is a story of revolution, loyalty and emotional heart and will ignite your imagination. Black Panther meets Xena Warrior Princess.
ISBN 9781509871353 PB Macmillan £7.99
LITTLE WHALE BY JO WEAVER
PICTURE BOOK 4+
A heart warming story celebrating the beauty of the ocean and the love between parent and child. Little whale swims through the warm southern oceans, passing coral reefs and shoals of shimmering fish with her mother always guiding and protecting her. The evocative blue tinged charcoal drawings and the lyrical story adds to the wonder and mystery of the ocean. This is perfect for Mother's Day and for those who enjoyed Blue Planet. Mesmerising.
ISBN 981444937497 HB Hodder Children £12.99
ANTHOLOGY OF AMAZING WOMEN BY SANDRA LAWRENCE & NATHAN COLLINS
This beautifully illustrated anthology tells the awe-inspiring stories of fifty women who have pushed the boundaries in their chosen fields. Find out about Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space to modern icons such as Beyonce or feminist Emmeline Pankhurst who was instrumental in obtaining the vote for women in Britain. A fascinating book that is perfect to celebrate Woman's History Month, International Women's Day and a great gift for Mother's Day.
ISBN 978178342502 HB 20 Watt £12.99
THE WICKED DEEP BY SHEA ERNSHAW
YOUNG ADULT 13+
The town of Sparrow has been cursed by three sisters for centuries luring boys to their death each year. Penny can see what others cannot which means she must choose to either save stranger Bo, who has a secret past or save herself. An atmospheric and haunting mystery romance that is a contemporary take on the Sirens of Greek mythology. You will be washed away into a modern-day fable of revenge, sacrifice and seduction. Bewitching.
ISBN 9781471166136 PB Simon & Schuster £7.99