Friday, 8 March 2019

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW MARCH 9-10 2019

This week my children's book reviews include a middle grade adventure about a young Viking girl seeking revenge, a picture book highlighting conservation, a funny middle grade featuring a young boy fighting zombies and a feminist coming of age young adult book about a teenage girl dealing with everyday sexism and bullying. 

Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!



BOOK OF THE WEEK


SHE WOLF BY DAN SMITH
CHILDREN 9+

Ylva, a young Viking girl is determined to seek revenge for her mother's murder. Accompanied by her faithful dog and helped by the kindness of strangers Ylva must track down her three-fingered killer and survive a dangerous snowbound hinterland. This warrior child's fighting spirit and survival instinct will ignite the imagination of children as they plunder this epic and mythical Viking world. A powerful and atmospheric coming of age quest.
ISBN 9781910655931 PB Chicken House £6.99


SURVIVAL BY LOUISE MCNAUGHT & ANNA CLAYBOURNE
PICTURE BOOK 5+

Twenty creatures who are facing extinction are captured in powerfully vivid animal portraits. Discover the dangers they face, why they are important to the Earth and what is being done to protect them. From the Siberian Tiger who's habitat is being destroyed by logging to the Blue Whale fighting against sea pollution to the Mountain Gorilla threatened by deforestation. It will open children's eyes to the vitally important work of conservation and how they can also help.
ISBN 9781787410459 HB Big Picture Press £12.99


MUTANT ZOMBIES CURSED MY SCHOOL TRIP! BY MATT BROWN
CHILDREN 8+

Ian is on a school trip to a historical (spooky) house with his only (imaginary) friend, Remington Furious III for company. Can he save his new classmates from being turned into groaning, dribbling zombies? Children will adore this anarchic adventure, creatively illustrated by Paco Sordo which is full of laugh out loud gags, not to mention an evil servant made from earwax and some dislodged eyeballs! This witty page-turner is ideal for early and reluctant readers.
ISBN 9781474960236 PB Usborne £6.99




THE BURNING BY LAURA BATES
YOUNG ADULT 14+

Fifteen-year-old Anna moves across the country with her mum to escape bullying after her boyfriend publishes inappropriate pictures of Anna on the internet without her consent. When her new classmates discover Anna's secret she once more feels persecuted and finds small comfort in the parallels of a history project about a young girl accused of witchcraft. This is an insightful and heart-wrenching tale influenced by real-life scenarios exploring sexism and misogyny in today's society.
ISBN 9781471170201 PB Simon & Schuster £7.99

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