Author spotlight!

Sorry this one I see slightly late, hopefully it will be a good one! Today’s author spotlight is all about:

Emma Carroll

Emma Carroll is an award-winning author of many children’s books. Her titles include ‘The Girl Who Walked On Air’, ‘In Darkling Wood’ and her most recent novel ‘Letters From The Lighthouse’ which I did a short review on in the last post.

‘Letters From The Lighthouse’ won the Waterstones Children’s Book Of The Month for May.

Emma Carroll is one of the most well-known children’s authors.

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Super summer books!

Hello readers. It is the summer holidays (it’s almost the end 😟) and I hope you are all enjoying yourselves! I have had a bonkers and brilliant summer holidays and have read lots of great books too.

I’ve really enjoyed reading Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg. This is the sequel to Girl Online and a very good one too! I got to know the characters even more and felt as though they were real, standing right next to me, as I read it.

Another absolutely fantastic book I read was Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.  It was such an atmospheric book, set in a cool time era and the setting was built in my head so vividly.

So the next book I read was called Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This is a very famous book and I loved it. Although it was quite hard to read and complicated too, it did not put me off the story. This book will make you cry: be warned!

Stormbreaker, the first in the Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz is also a great read, fast-paced and action-packed. I have almost finished that one, and when I have, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Let me know if you have read any brilliant books over the summer; I would love to hear from you. Happy reading! 📚

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar is the award-winning author of ‘Holes’ and now: Fuzzy Mud. This thrilling story gripped me from the very first page. I loved the characters and really got to know the relationships between them as friends. The scary parts of this story were extremely well-written and the pace was perfect. Louis Sachar is American and has written many well-known stories, but Fuzzy Mud is not as famous but just as good.

30th of June excitement!

Oh yes; it is tclaire-barkerhe last day of June which can only mean one thing: author update time. Now today I have decided to choose a less well-known, but nevertheless amazing author: Claire Barker.

CLAIRE BARKER

Claire is the author of the award-winning Knitbone Pepper series (which some readers may remember I have reviewed before). Situated in her cosy caravan (her writing hut) Claire writes and illustrates many children books for ages 8+.

Claire Barker says:

These days I live in Devon on a little farm on the edge of a wood. It is the perfect place for a writer to live, buzzing with life and stories. Every morning I get followed around by an assortment of wonky animals; honking, clucking, barking and bleating for their breakfast. Then, once this is done and finally all is calm, I sit down  – steaming cup of coffee on one side, snoozing dog on the other – and get down to the seriously fun business of wrangling words into the right order.

Claire Barker’s book series: Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog was chosen by children as the winner of the book factor awards 2017.

A higgledy-piggledy, tumble-down house, a sparky little girl and a whole host of friendly animal ghosts… welcome to the world of Knitbone Pepper! By today at waterstones.com. Head over to clairebarkerauthor.com to find out more about this author.

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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!

 

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!