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19 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

Wonder (Wonder, #1)

This book made me laugh and cry and realise that it’s OK to be different. I like the different perspectives on Auggie’s life and even though the descriptions of his facial abnormalities were sometimes hard to […]
19 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

Hetty Feather (Hetty Feather, #1)

Hetty Feather is a Victorian Foundling fostered by John and Peg Cotton, she teases Saul, takes care of Gideon and plays with Jem. When it’s time for Hetty to go back to The Foundling Hospital at […]
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

(Factual) Winner of the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts award 2015, this is a perfect book to take on holiday with masses of laugh-out-loud silly facts, jokes, lists and true stories. For those who are […]
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

The Spy who Loved School Dinners (Baby Aliens, #2)

(Comedy/Diary) Winner of the Blue Peter Best Book award 2015, this is a diary-style, funny story with secret plans and crazy stunts. Izzy is delighted that she has been chosen to look after new French girl, […]
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

The Dreamsnatcher (Dreamsnatcher #1)

(Action/Adventure/Folk) This is the story of 12-year-old Moll, who lives in The Ancientwood with her adopted family. Moll isn’t sure of her past, but knows that someone or something is trying to control her dreams. In […]
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

The Box and the Dragonfly (The Keepers #1)

When Horace Andrews is sitting on the bus and sees his name on a sign, he decides to investigate. His curiosity leads him to discover an underground cellar of secrets, called the House of Answers – […]
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)

(Adventure and Fantasy. Second of a Trilogy) Having been pulled along on the terrifying and break-neck speed adventures of 12 year old Lyra Belacqua in the first of Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy, The Subtle Knife […]
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

Skellig

(Fantasy, magic and family)
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

The Last Wild

In a bleak world, where we believe no animals exist, we meet Kester, a 12-year-old boy who lives in a home for disturbed children. There are no natural food sources and a large corporation runs everything. […]
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

Running on the Cracks

(Multi-perspective story that deals with teenage issues) Leo is a half-English, half-Chinese girl who is on the run. She is an orphan with an uncle who seems to have inappropriate ideas about her. Running away appears […]
18 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

The Bubble Wrap Boy

(Being different. Finding your special skill) Much smaller than the rest of his class, living above a Chinese takeaway, Charlie Han doesn’t have an easy life. He has an overbearing, overprotective mum and a silent, conciliatory […]
17 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed (Uncle Gobb 1)

Michael Rosen’s Latest Book -(Comedy with great illustrations) Michael Rosen tells the hilarious story of Malcolm, his mother Tess and the intensely irritating Uncle Gobb. Fed up with his bossy Uncle, Malcolm and his friend Crackersnacker […]
17 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)

Imagine being a 12 year old criminal. That’s Artemis Fowl! With his family’s fortune gone, Artemis and his butler plan to steal all of the gold in fairy land. A funny, exciting and imaginative adventure story. […]
17 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #1)

(Adventure – first of the The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series) 12 year old Torak and his adopted wolf-cub live 6,000 years ago in a world of clans and magic. They set off on a perilous […]
17 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

(Magic & Mystery) This story is about a cursed girl, Morrigan Crow. Born on Eventide, she is blamed for everything that goes wrong around her and is doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. […]
16 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

Girl in the Blue Coat

(Historical – World War 2) Monica Hesse’s story of survival in Holland during the Second World War had me on the edge of my seat. Secretly working on the black market, Hanneke is used to finding […]
16 March 2020
Reviews — S Y Palmer

A Library of Lemons

(Family Story) Her book tells the story of Calypso, whose mum died a while ago and whose father can’t cope. He absorbs himself in writing about the ‘History of the Lemon’ and won’t talk about their […]