Author Update!

Its the end of May! Hooray! Time for another author update, and this time, it is the brand new children’s laureate: Lauren Child!

Lauren Child is the award-winning author of the Ruby Redfort series, the Clarice Bean series, and many picture books. She is an illustrator of many published stories as well and she quoted “We were given: Two hands to hold. Two legs to walk. Two eyes to see. Two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find.” She is admired by many middle-grade children and adults across the UK for her brilliant writing and illustrating skills.

 

Waterstones book shop quotes that “With a unique ability to see the world through a child’s eyes, the aptly named author and illustrator Lauren Child is one of the most influential and innovative writers of her generation.”

Lauren writes in all different kinds of genres, including spy/detective, picture books, funny stories and more. I strongly recommend reading some of her books as they are not only extremely gripping and hard to put down, but they are also very inspiring and can influence some very strong morals.

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See you next time readers!

Harry Potter update!

Hi readers! I am very sorry for the lack of posts recently, I have been so busy with reading, writing, baking, School, and everything in-between. To all the other year sixes around the UK who have just finished their SATS: Well done!

I have been reading the Harry Potter series recently (Its crazy that I have never read them before – I have never got round to it!) and I am on the fourth one so far. I read the first one ages ago, and reading the rest reminds me about how brilliant (and well-known) the series is. To anyone who has read these absolute classics – I want to know what you think. Comment below about why you like them, who is your favourite character and what house you think you would be in (I would like to be in Gryffindor but I think I am probably Hufflepuff!)

You can be sorted into your house on the Guardian website, or go to pottermore.com for the official sorting hat quiz!

April favourites

I have read loads and loads of brilliant books over the Easter holidays, and here are a few of my favourites:

There was Robin Steven’s new book, Cream Buns And Crime, which was full of tips, tricks and short tales from the detective society. This is the absolutely perfect read for budding detectives, young or old.

I also read Everything, everything, a heart-breaking book of love, loss and life. I had heard of this book before, but had never read it before I read that it was coming out as a film! This, of course, made me want to read it, and now I have I really want to see the movie!

There was also Little Women, that I have finally come round to reading. I have almost finished, and I am loving it. Although old-fashioned, this classic by Louisa May Alcott is a really good book for any children as well as adults.

A few books I have got and can’t wait to read are: Goodnight stories for rebel girls (I have heard a lot about this collection of true stories of brilliant women), Cogheart by Peter Bunzel (looks fantastic) and the new Geek Girl by Holly Smale.

Those are my top April reads, but stay tuned for the April author spotlight coming on the last day of April.  

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Brilliant. Gorgeous. Inspiring. Heart-breaking. Heart-mending.

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird is a brilliant story set in Syria based on the terrifying experience of the Syrian refugees. This story will send you on an adventure of guns, fear, friendship, bravery and loss, and is, in my opinion, Elizabeth Laird’s best book yet (although I’ve only read 3 or 4 of her books.).  It interested me a lot that throughout the book, there were occasional illustrations (at the beginning of each part of the book) that were beautiful. I thought, as I looked at them, how hard it must be to draw scenes like those without disturbing the reader, and without making it unrealistic, but Lucy Eldridge did that so well.

Award-winning author Elizabeth Laird brings you a touching story of Omar, 12, and his family and their adventure a they embark on a terrible, but life-changing, experience.

Score: 10/10

Age rating: 10+

First ever Author Spotlight

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be doing an author spotlight every month. This is basically where I do a whole post all about one children’s/Y.A author that stood out to me/ has written brilliant books/ interests me etc. And I will be posting it on every last day of the month. This one has come a little early because I couldn’t wait to start Author Spotlighting! And so this month it is…

MALORIE BLACKMAN

Malorie Blackman is an award-winning children’s/Y.A writer and, of course, ex-children’s-laureate (2013-2015). She writes television dramas and books for children all across the spectrum and her works are truly remarkable. Her books highlight some key subjects that children, in my opinion, should be learning about.

Her books include the brilliant ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series and the heart-breaking ‘Pig Heart Boy’.

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Malorie Blackman is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers, and her work has appeared on screen. Pig-Heart Boy, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, was adapted into a BAFTA-winning TV serial.

In 2008, she was honoured with an OBE for her services to Children’s Literature. She was and still is one of the most well-known and talented Children’s/Y.A authors currently.

Malorie’s most recently-read favourite books are One by Sarah Crossan and The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, both of which are inspiring and wonderful books. She is currently judging the 500 words Radio 2 children’s writing competition.

She is an inspiring and talented icon.

 

Sorry that has been a bit of a lousy first try. I hope the next spotlights will be better!

 

Fictional Children’s books that raise awairness of global events

It is a bit of a crazy time right now in terms of global events, what with BREXIT and Donal Trump etc, all of which I am far too young (and happy) to worry and think about. So, here are my top ten fictional children’s/Y.A books that I think help raise awairness of global and disturbing events, both past and present:

The diary of Anne Frank (a brilliant true diary of a Jewish gorgeous girl)

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird (fantastic hardback that will make you weep!)

Wonder by R.J Pilacio (a story all about kindness and the importance of kindness.)

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (You’ve all read it. You’ve all heard of it. One word. Brilliant.)

(Haven’t read it yet but want to… it’s…) I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

One by Sarah Crossan (a heart-breaking story of love, friendship and loss.)

I have the right to be a child by 3 brilliant authors (this picture book is just perfect.)

My little book of big freedoms illustrated by Chris Riddell (so great. Full of enthusiasm, peace and love.)

The Unforgotten coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce (an interesting book that brings a warmth to the heart.)

Here I stand by many talented authors (a gorgeous-looking anthology that I have yet to read but can’t wait to get my nose buried into.)

I could go on forever listing books that raise awairness but those were my top ten, and if you haven’t already done so, I really think you should read them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

One by Sarah Crossan

This book is just simply stunning. It made me cry so much and it makes me feel so lucky to be healthy and alive. This Y.A debut novel is so wonderful and warmed my heart in this tale of loss, friendship and love.

This book tells the story of conjoined twins Tippie and Grace who I grew a true liking to. But when a decision that could change their lives forever comes there way, they have to make a vital choice.

I really genuinely loved this book and it was so sad and awful and wonderful and brilliant and inspiring and caring and just stunning, that I couldn’t help but give it a 10/10! Thank you Sarah Crossan, for such a gorgeous book!

 

What not to do if you turn invisible review

This heart-warming book is a real winner. Sadder than you think, this story will lay deep within you for many months and put a smile on your face. Ross Wellford tells the story of a school-girl Ethel, who, by complete coincidence, turns invisible. As she starts to discover her true self, herself becomes invisible and she finds herself in a bit of a huffle-puffle.

CHARACTERS: With the characters in this book, I grew a real liking to them. I felt that Ethel was a sweet little girl and I found her very relatable to myself. Her best friend, Boydy, also created a sweet and innocent connection with me, and I really enjoyed the characters throughout. Although I enjoyed all the others, my favourite character had to be Ethel’s eccentric and lovely Gram.

PLOT: This plot was not necessarily thick, but it was written so well that branches of the story grew out of it creating a bigger plot than you would expect. I read this in about 3 days and loved every second of it.

Age rating: 10+

Score: 9/10

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The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

As I came to the end of this well-known classic, I realised I had not yet reviewed it on here. I immediately wrote a review, so here it is:

This cleverly-written book brings an eerie and mysterious feeling to the reader and it’s mystery throughout is wonderful. As this is such a famous classic, the writing can be a little old-fashioned, but with a dictionary in hand and my detective-thinking-hat on, I whizzed through this beautiful book.

The copy of this book was also very beautiful, with a paperback eerie cover and gorgeous thin pages. As I sped through this, some of it was quite tricky to understand and when reading books like that, it can put you off the plot and even the whole book altogether sometimes. But to me the plot was so thick, I found myself understanding every word.

My favourite parts of the book were the descriptions of the moor (where the book is set.)  These gave an atmospheric and mysterious effect and during these parts of the book, I was transported to a place of heather plants and whistling wind.

Arthur Conan Doyle really understands the concept of mystery writing and I think it is important that younger readers like me are reading these kind of classics. I recommend it for 11+ as this book deals with some pretty complex themes.

If you are reading this book, or are going to read it, there are some really useful reading notes that you can find here:

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/hound

Until the next post, happy reading!

Fleabag and the Fire Cat

The sequel to the first one brings a warmth to the heart. An inspiring and magical tale of friendship, magic… and three-legged cats! I recommend this book to children aged 7-11 and rate it 4/5. Beth Webb writes with compassion and joy and really can do a great job of making children laugh!!