Book Reviews

George – Alex Gino (9+)

“George”. Wow. I’ve wanted to read this since I first saw it in 2015, and I finally managed to get my mitts on a copy. It didn’t take me long to read – it’s very simple middle fiction but with a huge message. “George” is the story of a girl (Melissa), who the world sees […]

First – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (14+)

Warming: This book made me cry and gave me a book hangover! I’m guessing there will be plenty of people that won’t like (or empathise) with the protagonist Mercy, but I did. I think you either get her or you don’t. But by the end of “Firsts”, if you don’t understand her story, your heart […]

Thornhill – Pat Sym (10+)

This is a stunning debut novel that has taken my breath away. I knew I’d like “Thornhill” as soon as my Scholastic Rep Todd showed it to me, but I didn’t realise how much I’d be taken with it. Literally, since Danielle showed me that it’d had arrived this morning, it hasn’t left my hands. […]

How To Bee – Bren MacDibble (9+)

4 1/2 stars. I love when a book surprises me, and that’s exactly what “How To Bee” did. It’s a beautifully told tale set in the near future where bees are now extinct and children pollinate our plants. And although the world Peony lives in is extremely challenging, the novel is ultimately uplifting. As a […]

Ink – Alice Broadway (12+)

I fell in love with this book the first time I saw it. The cover is stunning (the picture does it NO justice) and actually tells much of the tale of “Ink”. It’s perfect in every way. Then the first page drew me in and I found myself so easily lost in the dystopian world […]

Dotty Detective – Clara Vulliamy (7+)

“Dotty Detective” is a super sweet detective story perfect for good 7 year old readers through to reluctant 9+ readers. Dorothy Constance Mae Louise (or Dot as she is known to her friends) has just moved house is is about to start a new school. Dot has a pair of lucky shoes, loves puzzles and […]

Being Miss Nobody – Tamsin Winter (10+)

I am not going to lie, “Being Miss Nobody” was an emotional roller coaster. So simple and beautifully written, this book had me hoping, laughing and crying (possibly not the best book to read at work!). From the first page I was hooked. I was there with Rosalind though everything she was going through and […]

Hour of the Bees – Lindsay Eagar (10+)

4 1/2 stars. Quirky would be the first word that jumps to mind when I think about this book. “Hour of the Bees” was very well written; it had great depth; a wonderfully written protagonist; and was full of love, courage and family. Carol has to spend her summer with her parents and younger brother […]

Girlhood – Cat Clarke (14+)

This was my first Cat Clarke novel and I really enjoyed this fast paced book about five girls at a rural Scottish boarding school. Driving home after spending the whole day at work reading (one of the benefits of owning a bookshop!) I described it as “Malory Towers” meets “Single White Female”. That was until […]

Beautiful Failures – Lucky Clark

This book is revolutionary. Forget Mao’s Little Red Book or Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Just pick up Lucy Clark’s “Beautiful Failures.” Every parent, every teacher and every principal should read this book. Our education system is broken and it is failing OUR children. It needs to change. Our expectations need to change. How we measure success […]

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy (14+)

I loved this book. More than that, I connected with it. The main character fights to remain true to herself and she does it with amazing courage and sense of humour. Reflecting on my teenage years I wish that I had been more like her. It doesn’t state her weight and lets you determine what […]

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness (12+)

Reading this book is like snuggling up in bed on a cold day with your quilt wrapped around you and a bar of your favourite chocolate in your hand. Patrick Ness has never disappointed me and this book is no exception.  Mystery, intrigue, relationships, real life, teenage angst with the smallest sprinkling of mushy stuff. […]

I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson (14+)

Danielle (sister) and Michael (our rep from Walker Books) insisted I read “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson. It’s not my usual reading fodder (I leave the sappy chic type books for Danielle). Murder? Mystery? Sci Fi? Something odd? I’m your girl. But they INSISTED! It made me cry. It made me get […]