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2 children aged 12 & 10.
Joined May 2015

Favourite book EVER is Northern Lights
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Wrote a Review 3rd January '19

Book pages Our Castle by the Sea
Our Castle by the Sea
I read it (an adult)
 I was totally enchanted by Lucy’s moving debut, ‘The Secret of Nightingale Wood,’ an exquisitely told story, filled with intrigue and adventure so was eager to read this.

England is at war, yet again and for Petra her ordinary life is completely transformed.  Just as their lighthouse is repainted to be camouflaged from the enemy, Petra discovers that she needs to find a way to blend in so that she doesn’t stand out because her mother Mutti, is German, making her an immediate figure of suspicion and hate in their previously close and friendly community. Those that once would talk to her, now turn their backs and there is no outcry when her Mother is taken away from her family to live in an interment camp. There is nowhere for Petra to turn, the rest of her family are caught up in their own secrets and slowly they are torn apart estranged from each other emotionally. In the darkest of times how can a small, afraid girl like Petra reunitel her family and save them from further pain and tragedy.

Lucy demonstrates quite clearly in this story how quickly patriotism can turn into hate. How easy it is for our hearts and minds to be influenced by the words of others. By capturing Petra’s dismay and confusion as these events unfold we see how terrifying and isolating that division can be on those who find themselves suddenly enemies in their own home. We also discover the greatest depths of human compassion and the lengths people  go to, to protect the ones we love. Both Petra’s sister and father become embroiled in their own web of lies because they are blinded by their love. You can sense throughout this book Petra’s increasingly loneliness, as her family try to protect her from the truth, you feel that despite being with them she is truly alone. For me the character of Petra stands out as she has to reach to the very bottom of her reserves to find the courage to stand against those who are wrong, despite nobody believing her. She is selfless when those around her are selfish, focusing on what they believe in. By weaving an ancient legend of the Daughter of the Stone through this tale, Lucy brings lightness and hope when you feel that all is lost. Compelling and thought-provoking, this thrilling adventure places you directly in the centre of the war offering an thoughtful insight into the damaging and heart-breaking impact of war.

Wrote a Review 18th November '18

Book pages Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama!
Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama!
Book Lover Evie read it aged 10
I liked how it was about Nikki's birthday and how there was awesome bits and hilarious bits. Nikki's little sister was hysterical and Andre and Brandon were like little toddlers. I would describe this book as a full on comedy. The illustrations are funny and I like how at the end it has photos of them instead of a paragraph about what happened at the party. My favourite part was when they went to the party palace and it had decorations for lots of different themes. It made me feel excited because I want to go to one.

Won a Giveaway 30th October '18

Entered a Giveaway 29th September '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama!
For Ages
8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
No. of Copies
End Date
30th Oct '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Wrote a Review 30th October '18

Book pages The Train to Impossible Places
The Train to Impossible Places
I read it (an adult)
So, ‘The Train to Impossible Places,’ is one of those mind-boggling reads that plays tricks on your thoughts. In a world that defies gravity, confuses your perceptions and challenges everything you thought was impossible, you find yourself smack bang in the middle of the aptly named Impossible Place. When Suzy finds a troll digging a railway track in her hallway one day, her inquisitive mind can’t resist jumping aboard when the gigantic steam train flies by. But this is no ordinary train but the fastest mail train in the universe. Little does she know that she’s about to embark on a magical journey of a lifetime where she will meet talking frogs, bright yellow bears and friendly trolls whilst facing the most dastardly and fearsome Crepuscula and holding the fate of the Impossible Places in her hands. Flavia’s enchanting illustrations capture the chaos and carnage brilliantly. Fast, furious and filled with fun and frenetic action, climb aboard for a breath-taking ride that will take you beyond your wildest imagination.