Tuesday 21 July 2020

BOOK REVIEW Ways To Make Sunshine by Renee Watson Illustrated Mechal Roe

Book Review: Ways To Make Sunshine by Renee Watson Illustrated Mechal Roe 

The start of a young middle-grade series for 7+ readers starring a black girl and her relatable and lovable family growing up in middle-class America

When Ryan and her family have to downsize because her Dad has to take a lower-paid job, she and her brother must adjust to a new life. Surrounded by a loving family and supported by loyal friends, Ryan learns to adapt by working hard, making the most of new opportunities while holding on to old traditions. 

Children will love Ryan and her struggles with change, friends and self-image. They will definitely want to be best friends with Renee because she is so relatable. It is suitable for young readers with short chapters and adorable line drawings. This contemporary story is full of humour and empathy with an endearing heroine and family dynamic. Another triumph from Renee who has a gift for insightful descriptions and details making you feel you are there in the story.  I look forward to Ryan's further adventures. 

I'm a BIG fan of Renee Watson's Young Adult books. I especially loved Piecing Me Together, and this is another triumph.

Monday 13 July 2020



princess Grace and Portia are two royal sisters who do not like the rules of their Kingdom which are there to protect the dragons who protect them and bring them luck. These two independent sisters are not afraid to challenge the rules and fulfil their dreams of becoming knights like the boys. I loved their anarchic world and the rebellious retelling of the classic Princess and dragon stories. They have to train a unicorn (Poop being a personal favourite ) give the slip to a very loyal and cute troll.
Most hilarious is that dragons have sparkly poo and if they poop on you it is thought to be good luck! What little girl is not going to love these strong princesses, unicorns with attitudes sparkly dragons and loyal trolls.? Get ready for these princesses ride to victory and show the boys they're just as good 😉 shows hints of the paperback princess and Alanna the song of the lioness series. But this definitely falls into its own category and I absolutely loved it. A great read for the summer holidays. 8+ #mglit

..Two intrepid girls go from ladies-in-waiting to knights in action when they rip up the rule book and go in search for adventure and dragons! Out in July 9th .
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Saturday 4 July 2020

Book Review The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency

Book Description 

‘Assured, witty and inventive. This debut has “future classic” written all over it.’ – The Guardian

Pack your suitcase for a magical adventure! Perfect for fans of The Train to Impossible Places and The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club.

At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside . . .

When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right suitcase. Then Flick gets the invitation of a lifetime: join Strangeworlds’ magical travel society and explore other worlds.

But, unknown to Flick, the world at the very centre of it all, a city called Five Lights, is in danger. Buildings and even streets are mysteriously disappearing. Once Flick realizes what’s happening she must race against time, travelling through unchartered worlds, seeking a way to fix Five Lights before it collapses into nothingness – and takes our world with it.

A magical adventure for 9+ readers that will take you to whole new worlds.