Sorry that we’ve been a bit quiet – our editor had COVID, then moved house, but now we’re back! Recently, I’ve been looking for books that might entice reluctant readers, especially boys, to pick them up and have a go. We’re talking not too long, exciting covers, and titles that may really inspire them.Continue reading “Reluctant Reader Recommendations Pt.1”
25 years: Happy Anniversary to Lynda the Librarian!
Can you believe it’s been 25 (+1*) years since Lynda started working in primary school libraries? We can’t either!Continue reading “25 years: Happy Anniversary to Lynda the Librarian!”
Happy World Book Day 2022!
To celebrate World Book Day 2022 on Thursday 3rd March, Lynda has put together a very special edition of the Reading 4 Pleasure newsletter that she writes for Christ Church Junior School in Ramsgate. And today we’re sharing it with you!Continue reading “Happy World Book Day 2022!”
The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke | Book Review
By Kirsty Applebaum (published by Nosy Crow, 2021)
But it was only a rabbit. It’ll shorten a few days from me, a week at the most. Talents like this don’t come free, you know. There’s always a price.
Give a bit of life, lose a bit of life.
That’s how it goes.Continue reading “The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke | Book Review”
The Monsters of Rookhaven | Book Review
Written by Pádraig Kenny and illustrated by Edward Bettison (published by Macmillan Children’s Books)
She slowed down as she reached the yawning opening to her left that led down into the bowels of the house. She crept towards it, one eye on the incline that led deep into the dark. She fought the urge to whisper, ‘Piglet.’ She remembered the words Uncle Enoch and the others were so fond of using.
Piglet is dangerous.Continue reading “The Monsters of Rookhaven | Book Review”
Archer’s Goon | Book Review
By Diana Wynne Jones (published by Harper Collins Children’s Books)
“Who is Archer?” said Howard.
The Goon shrugged his huge shoulders. “Archer farms this part of town. Your dad pays, Archer doesn’t make trouble.” He grinned, almost sweetly, and sucked the last bit of bread off the point of his knife. “Got trouble now. Got me.”Continue reading “Archer’s Goon | Book Review”
Libraries 4 Schools 2021 Review Round-Up 3
Looking for something to read this bank holiday weekend? We’ve got you covered, in our most recent review round-up! A great selection of books for older and younger readers, we’ve got something for everyone!Continue reading “Libraries 4 Schools 2021 Review Round-Up 3”
When Life Gives You Mangoes | Book Review
By Kereen Getten (published by Pushkin Children’s Books)
‘I get caught because you always make me go,’ I reply angrily.
‘How would you know? You don’t remember.’
‘I remember everything that happened yesterday and last week and last month.’
She faces me head-on, hands on hips. ‘Do you really not remember what happened last summer, Clara, or are you pretending for attention?’Continue reading “When Life Gives You Mangoes | Book Review”
Libraries 4 Schools 2021 Review Round-Up 2
Welcome to our most recent review round-up, where we take a quick look at just some of the books you might like to add to your school or personal bookshelves. And what a great selection we have for you!Continue reading “Libraries 4 Schools 2021 Review Round-Up 2”
The Boy I Am | Young Adult Book Review
By K.L. Kettle (published by Little Tiger)
No. Focus on the Chancellor. I bow, full charm turned up, squeezing down the fear in my gut. This is about you, Vik.
The Chancellor’s sweet, slow tones offer her reserve. “One merit,” she says.
The silence is loud enough: no one’s going to outbid her.
I think the woman I’m meant to kill may have just saved my life.Continue reading “The Boy I Am | Young Adult Book Review”