Category Archives: Novel

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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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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Put Out the Light by Terry Deary

Parallel tales of children caught up in the second world war. Set in the heart land of Sheffield, England and Dachau, Germany we experience a snap shot of the life of four children during this crucial period in world history. … Continue reading

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Here lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

Modern spin doctors eat your heart out. I have to admit that reading tales about King Arthur has never particularly appealed but I did enjoy this book. I loved the way Philip Reeve took such a well-known tale and presented … Continue reading

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