Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd and Jim Kay

Health warning for the sensitive reader, a box of tissues is required. A good book that raises the thorny issue about how families, especially ones with diverse structures, deal with death. Connor’s mum is dying of cancer. His farther life … Continue reading

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Lola and the Rent-A-Cat by Ceseli Josephus Jitta

Death and loving relationships between elderly people are subjects rarely tackled in children’s books. But this book manages to tackle both well. Lola and her husband John have been together for fifty-six years and have had a warm and caring … Continue reading

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Moon Pie by Simon Mason

Several 21st century issues experienced by some young children run through this novel. The rights of the child, parent and grandparents are brought into conflict as a young family come to terms with the aftermath of the death of a … Continue reading

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City of Thieves by Ellen Renner

Fast paced, this adventure takes the reader from the anticipation of a hanging to the escape of a wanted felon. From hatred to confused feelings about a parent, feelings shaped by experience. Tobias harbours ill feelings towards the father who … Continue reading

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A Girl Called Dog by Nicola Davies

This was one of my summer reads. I enjoyed the tale of how Dog and her friends escaped the clutches of her evil uncle and with some unexpected help. Dog, a little girl, lives in a pet shop with the … Continue reading

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

This is a book I kept thinking about long after I had read it. Miranda’s life changes suddenly and this change appears to coincides with her best friend Sal being punched in the stomach by an unknown boy. This punched … Continue reading

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Disgusting Dave and the Flesh-Eating Maggots by Jim Eldridge

Much to my amazement I really enjoyed reading about Disgusting Dave’s antics as he gets himself in and out of a number of scrapes. Disgusting Dave loves learning about the gory side of nature and he is busy watching a … Continue reading

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