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The Calling of Jackdaw Hollow

When Jackdaw Hollow is the only survivor of a lightning strike, he searches for the reason why he survived. As he does, he befriends Angeline, a wildling girl who knows where her destiny lies – the circus, who might help him in his quest. This novel is an impressive masterpiece; one of the best I’ve …

What a Snail Knows

This is a story about Lucy and her home life challenges and how she overcomes them. In the book, Lucy’s mum has died. She is told that it’s just her and her dad and they don’t need anybody else. Her grandparents want her to live with them but dad gets scared they might take Lucy …

Bitter

Bitter is a fast-paced, politically aware novel. As a prequel to Pet, one of Akwaeke Emezi’s former books, it expands on the world, magic, and characters living in the town of Lucille. Bitter has strong themes of using art as a form of resistance, and an understanding that not all fighting happens in the front lines. This is a …

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief was an amazing, magical story, full of twists, turns and drama. I happily await the day when everyone else will jump into the wild and deadly world of Alicorns and my new favourite hero Skandar, and his brave friends!! With loveable, annoying and selfless characters, this story is a compelling …

Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant is about a girl in Ireland named Stephanie Edgley. The book starts with the revelation that her uncle is dead. Attending the reading of his will is Stephanie’s family, and one stranger, named Skulduggery Pleasant. When there is a break-in at her late uncle’s house, Skulduggery Pleasant saves Stephanie with magic. Now Stephanie …

Follow Your Feelings – Max and Worry

Follow Your Feelings – Max and Worry by Kitty Black is an inspiring children’s story that helps children to know how they should deal with worry. I love the use of animals to represent the emotions Max is feeling. This is a book that I would recommend for young children to help them learn how …

A Weekend With Oscar

A Weekend with Oscar by Robyn Bavati is a story that captivates its readers by showing them what it is like to live with a sibling that has a disability. This story has themes of mild romance with the new girl called Zara and also displays being there for your family and how Jamie takes …

I’m A Fabulous Crab!

Henry the hermit crab wanted MORE. He was sick of not having sequins, sparkles, flounces and frills like other sea creatures and wished hermit crabs didn’t just hide in the sand with their boring shell. The 6 year olds who read it loved the sparkly title, the glittery pictures and rhyming language. They enjoyed the …

There’s Only One Grandpa Like You

This colourful picture book with watercolour illustrations tells the reader about all the different types of grandpas you can have – from the planter of trees and tales to knowing every fact about sport. But a repeated message is ‘there is only one grandpa like you’. The book was read to group of 6 year …