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”
Continue reading “Tyger | Book Review”
‘Nothing is ordinary,’ said the tyger. ‘Everything is extraordinary. In all of infinity and eternity, that flower exists only in this world; this precise position in space and time. Everywhere else, there is a different flower, or no flower at all. And the same is true of you. Nothing special? You are miraculous beyond measure, both of you.’
‘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”
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”
I waited for him to shout and scream. But he didn’t. Instead, he took off his yellow hat and his shoulders began to shake. That was how I knew that he was crying.
‘How could you do that?’ asked a voice from behind me.Continue reading “The Night Bus Hero | Book Review”
Semira looked behind her as if she felt someone was watching her. A diary was personal wasn’t it? Private?
But surely if it had been written over a hundred years ago, the writer of the diary would be dead by now.
It wouldn’t matter if she read some of it.
Would it?Continue reading “The Closest Thing to Flying | Book Review”
We recently came across two brilliant picture books that look at a couple of specific issues not often discussed in stories for younger readers. So we decided to do a double post to share them with you all!Continue reading “Don’t Touch My Hair! / #Goldilocks | Picture Book Reviews”
With homelessness being at the forefront of the news at the moment, ‘The Old Man’ is a timely addition to a topic that rarely features in children’s (and especially picture) books.