Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
Apr09

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery is a children’s classic, set in Canada in the early 20th century. I read it myself when I was 14, when my Canadian pen friend (who I’m still in touch with) sent me a copy. I would never have picked it up of my own accord, but after years of reading mainly Agatha Christie, it was a breath of fresh air. Recently I was looking for something new for my own daughter to read, so picked up a...

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Jacqueline Wilson for older readers: The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby
Oct26

Jacqueline Wilson for older readers: The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby

My daughter and I have loved Jacqueline Wilson books since she was tiny. She is 12 and a half now and I felt that she might be getting a bit old for them, but we have recently discovered a few Jacqueline Wilson books for older readers. We loved Lola Rose recently and have just read The Illustrated Mum and Dustbin Baby. Both books are suitable for older tweens and young teenagers. The Illustrated Mum The Illustrated Mum has a lot in...

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Brilliant books for teenagers – One and The Best Medicine
Aug25

Brilliant books for teenagers – One and The Best Medicine

I read a lot of kids’ books for work. Some are good, some are pretty dreadful and some are, in my opinion, very special. One by Sarah Crossan and The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill are two books for teenagers that fall into the ‘very special’ category. One by Sarah Crossan One is a beautiful book that left me in absolute bits. It tells the story of Grace and Tippi, 16-year-old conjoined twins. Narrated by Grace,...

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Books for Young Adults – Seeking Eden and The Bubble Wrap Boy
Sep30

Books for Young Adults – Seeking Eden and The Bubble Wrap Boy

One of my regular freelance jobs involves me reading children’s books, for kids of all ages from pre-school to teenagers. Some of the books I read are pretty bad. Some are amazing! Here’s a review of a couple of brilliant books for young adults I’ve read recently. Seeking Eden by Ann Turnbull I tend to judge a book by its cover, so I didn’t have very high hopes for this one – which just depicts the face...

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Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Sep16

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Ever wished you were prettier or weighed a bit less? Ever felt you weren’t good enough for the best looking men? Ever wished you could be friends with the coolest girls? This is pretty much every teenage girl ever. And it’s the basis of Only Ever Yours, the stunning debut by Louise O’Neill. Only Ever Yours is a YA book I was reading for work. And it got under my skin in a big way. I wanted to read it all the time. It...

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