The sounds of hard breathing and the scrunch of footfalls enclose them as they run. There are shouts behind, voices yelling orders, more shots. Harlon gives Xeno and Ash a stream of small orders and encouragements to stop them thinking.
In Harlon’s head, her ma’s voice speaks.
When you are in danger, the most dangerous thing is to wish you weren’t. Accept the reality of danger, then you can survive it.
Climb, she tells herself. Get away.Continue reading “The Song That Sings Us | Book Review for Older Readers”
Graphic novels are a great way to get reluctant readers to pick up a book; from Dog Man to Alex Rider, they have kick-started many reading journeys. So I decided to try a few I hadn’t read yet for our newest review selection.
All entries in this round-up are illustrated in full colour.Continue reading “Graphic Novels for Autumn 2022 | Reviews”
‘Who … Who are you?’
This made Zeina bristle. He had seen her just as many times as she had seen him and yet he had no idea who she was. This was just like Aboves; people like Zeina were merely part of the scenery – completely forgettable.
‘Who am I? NOBODY, that’s who!’ She knew she could get into trouble for talking to him this way. After all, he was technically her father’s employer.Continue reading “Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale | Review”
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”
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”
Welcome to the second entry in our Lockdown Library! This one is aimed at slightly older children than part 1 (which you can see here), though younger children will likely still enjoy reading along too!Continue reading “Lynda’s Lockdown Library 2 | Book Reviews”
While we’re spending time safe in lockdown, we’ve definitely found ourselves reading more! Here’s a handful of books we’ve finished recently, that we think would be perfect for primary-aged readers.Continue reading “Lynda’s Lockdown Library 1 | Book Reviews”
‘She wrapped her legs around the top of the pillar, splayed on the ceiling like a gecko, hands gripping the roof gutter for support.
She stretched to the maximum, her arm muscles thrumming with the strain. The servant girl was right underneath…’Continue reading “The Girl Who Stole an Elephant | Book Review”
Sometimes you find the best adventures…and sometimes the best adventures find you!Continue reading “Knights and Bikes | Book Review”
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”Continue reading “Happy Star Wars Day! The Weapon of a Jedi | Book Review”