Category Archives: Issues

What to recommend to a budding author?

I have a few children in my class who want to be writers, they are writers. They have already started practicing their craft, bringing in their work in progress for me to listen to. How to help and support them? … Continue reading

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The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Clime

This version of Cinderella has all the basic events and characters we know and love but set in the context of early Chinese society. When the beautiful Yeh-Shin’s mother dies her father remarried a woman who already had her own … Continue reading

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Spells by Emily Gravett

An amusing retelling of the Frog and the Princess from the point of view of a desperate Frog who wants to be a Prince, but, will he find true love. In this retelling the frog and his emotions are the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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