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2 children aged 11 & 6.
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Favourite book EVER is Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery AND The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
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Wrote a Review 19th November '18

Book pages The Eye of the North
The Eye of the North
I read it (an adult)
This is a stunning debut novel from Sinead O Hart.

The heroine, Emmeline, is a young girl whose parents are often absent, traveling the world on mysterious scientific expeditions. Emmeline is cooped up at home in a creepy house with only a butler, cook and large library for company. When one morning she receives a letter at breakfast from her parents telling her that they have been kidnapped her world is turned upside down.  Sent off to Paris for her own safety, Emmeline is soon caught up in a whirlwind adventure.

This is a fantastic, fast-paced adventure with a strong female lead. Emmeline is brave and courageous, and determined to find out what has happened to her parents so that she can do her best to save them. As well as being an inspiring and brave character, it's great to see a story where the lead is a girl and not one distracted by love (this book definitely passes the Bechdel Test). Good for both boys and girls to read! Highly recommended and cant wait to read future stories by this author!

Entered a Giveaway 19th November '18

Book pages Placeholder Book
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World - Illustrated Edition
For Ages
10, 11, 12, 13 & 14
No. of Copies
11
End Date
11th Dec '18
Open to residents of Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom

Wrote a Review 11th November '18

Book pages 100 Things to Know About Food
100 Things to Know About Food
I read it to Bobbin aged 11 & to Piglet aged 6
My children LOVE this series, and were delighted to find a new one in a book shop. Like the other books, this is full of facts and information, with fun scientist cartoon characters on hand all the way through to illustrate each page. You can learn about how taste buds work, whether humans eat more sharks than the other way round and how to make a cake without using eggs. The pictures are simple and engaging and this is a great factual book that you can dip in and out of. 

I would highly recommend this book for any children who love learning facts.

Wrote a Review 9th November '18

Book pages Bee Alert
Bee Alert
I read it (an adult)
Ben is a boy who wants to solve a mystery - and when he goes to stay with his grandfather in the country he gets his chance, even if it not quite what he had in mind. 'Bee Alert!' is a manifesto to inspire children to be environmental activistsi. It introduces the decline of the bee and the devastating impact that this will have on our planet.The fictional detective adventure is full of factual information about the lives of bees and the latest scientific reasearch. Intertwined with this are themes of friendships and conflicts and ways in which common ground can be found.

There are similarities in places with the book  'The Bees' by Laline Paul, and perhaps comparisons to 'Beetle Boy' (certainly there are few children's fiction books about insects). 

This is a great book for sparking am interest in the plight of bees and in providing positive ideas and suggestions in ways that children can do something.

Wrote a Review 5th November '18

Book pages The Truth Pixie
The Truth Pixie
I read it (an adult)
Like other reviewers I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book, and read it in one sitting as soon as was possible. Matt Haig writes amazing mental health books for adults (not your usual kind of self-help books) and fantastic children's books. So this is a great combination of both. As a parent of an anxious child, this book I hope will provide support and guidance, and a little bit of knowing you are not alone with such feelings. I would also add that perhaps this book is not just for children, and can offer hope, consolation and wisdom to adults too. 

I will not read this to my children just yet, as we are fortunate to have tickets to a reading by Matt Haig himself. So I will update my review with my children's thoughts once they have heard it.

Highly recommended, and one that will hopefully be a touchstone of support for my children.