No village could contain him. He was happy living a simple life in the physical world during challenging times. The spirit world had other plans. A wise, enigmatic shaman mentored Wanders Far and helped him cultivate the supernatural visions that haunted him. His guide could only help him so far. He set out to become a runner, carrying important messages across the lands of his people and their enemies.
He ended up fulfilling a much greater destiny than he ever imagined. After a chaotic day as a business person, Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place.
He is an Adirondack er, which means he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing. A suspicious death, stolen gems, and an unclaimed reward: who will be the victor in a deadly game of cat and mouse?
London October Trapped in a troubled marriage, Lucy Lawrence is ripe for an adventure. But when she meets the enigmatic Phineas Stone, over the body of her husband in the mortuary, her world begins to fall apart. Pam is an Irish writer of historical fiction with a particular love of the late Victorian era and early 20th century. She is fascinated by all things 19th century, from food and clothes to architecture and social history.
She is patiently awaiting the invention of time travel, but in the meantime, indulges her love of the past by writing about it. In April , Pam published an anthology of some previously published short reads, along with some new work. Her collection of short stories is entitled, Past Imperfect, and features stories set in such diverse settings as WW1 Dublin, the sinking of the Lusitania and a lonely haunted lighthouse. Friday, August 9 Review at Bibliophile Reviews.
Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Grievously injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good name. Can a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her—and her heart—in more danger than ever? Readers will be hard put to set this one down before the end.
Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture , and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats. Wednesday, July 24 Review at Courtney Clark.
Friday, July 26 Review at Passages to the Past. She is known as Lady Macbeth. My plimsollsmade no sound on the dirt floor. I heard sounds from the loft, as though the injured man was rummaging in his haversack. He was muttering to himself. My stomach turned over. I stopped dead still. I must have heard wrong. I stayed completely still, listening, my heart thumping. He was still rummaging, but he had stopped muttering.
Something rolled across the loft and dropped over the edge on to the barn floor. The man swore. My blood froze in my veins. He had sworn in German. Helen Peters is the new Philippa Pearce. Helen Peters. Helen Peters grew up on an old-fashioned farm in Sussex, surrounded by family, animals and mud. She spent most of her childhood reading stories and putting on plays in a tumbledown shed that she and her friends turned into a theatre. After university, she became an English and Drama teacher.
Helen lives with her husband and children in Brighton. Daniela Terrazzini. Her contemporary take on a classic style has a beautiful originality and quality, and she has worked with publishers including Crabtree, Puffin, Penguin, Chronicle and Macmillan. Proof copies will be sent to winners when available from Nosy Crow, as soon as possible. Eric is six foot six. He likes to sing. Eric says if you lose something, try to retrace your steps. So these are my steps…. Besides this, Alfie is part machine. Part bionic. Or I should say that he has a hand of a different kind altogether, as the worker at the airport soon finds out.
Starting with airport lost property. Trying to locate a hand at lost property proves to be more difficult than one may initially think, especially when hand recognition is more like… um… glove recognition. Slightly lumbering. Quite ungainly. In need of a friend and I could be talking about both Alfie or Eric here! Unfortunately for him, a recent ban placed on the acquisition of humanoid robots could soon change all this. Will Alfie continue to break the law and be able to keep his new friend safe…? And will Eric be the one who helps Alfie to fill those gaps in his memory, his heart and be the bond that brings everything together…?
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With his charismatic wit and the characterful illustrations of Steven Lenton that really bring this terrific tale all so engagingly to life, this is sheer exuberant storytelling at its snortingly-funny, hugely enjoyable and heartily-emotional best. Especially its ending. Biggest thanks to Amber, Frank, Steven and all at Macmillan for giving me the wonderful opportunity to have an early read of this magnificently funny book and for providing copies for the giveaway! The very lovely people at Macmillan have kindly given me three copies of Runaway Robot to give away!
Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship. Sounds a little bit normal, right? Having escaped from war-torn Aleppo in Syria, she is waiting for a moment that could change her life.
Unbeknownst to her, this may take more time than she thinks…. Holding her baby brother, looking after her mother and with no idea of where her father is, she sits opposite her case worker with the weight of the world and full responsibility falling on her small shoulders. To some, community centres might not be a source of inspiration but to Aya, this is where she finds a source of unexpected comfort. Hearing the familiar bars and notes of the piano and the French language brings Aya back home to Syria and brings back memories of happier times when she used to dance.
Feeling this, she longs to dance and it is only when ballet dance class teacher Miss Helena encounters Aya dancing to a tune of her very own that she asks Aya to join the class, offering at least some small hope to her. This did so, effortlessly. My heart feels heavy with empathy for Aya and her family.
This book has changed me, as it will change you. Please think about buying this for your children in the later years of primary school who love stories, or are still searching for the one to get them hooked. Hope that is right? Apparently I misuse them! Which books, people, research, ideas and inspirations have helped you to write No Ballet Shoes in Syria? After watching the heart-breaking new footage of the Syrian migrant crisis, I made contact with local charities and resettlement projects working with refugees, and was extremely fortunate to talk to members of the Syrian community in the UK.
Their voices — and those of other refugee children I have encountered over the years — are very much at the heart of this book, and the reason I wrote it. I loved writing the ending, although it made me cry! I hope it does that. For me, they are incredibly moving pieces of prose. Were these scenes difficult to write? Oh golly yes! For a long, long time I could not get this book right. And I found it particularly hard tying together the story of her past in Syria with the present in the UK. Until I realised that recalling traumatic past events, reconciling them with the present, looking to the future is incredibly hard for many children like Aya.
If you were to choose the character that is most like you from No Ballet Shoes in Syria, who would it be and why? Hmm — I am probably a mixture between Dotty talks too much, bit scatty, heart in the right place! What first attracted you to writing? Did you enjoy writing at school? I have always been a daydreamer, a diary-writer and a kid who loved making up stories.
Which parts of writing do you find energise you and which parts do you find exhaust you? Thank goodness for my lovely agent, great editors and amazing writing pals who help drive the dementors away! When you were a child, can you remember contacting authors or any of them ever visiting your school and if so, did this inspire you?
Ooh, no! I wish he had! Putting readers in touch with authors is amazing — and it inspires in both directions! I love meeting young readers and they inspire me endlessly! Ooh, so many! No Ballet Shoes in Syria and Teaching 3. A classic story of heartbreak and hope, with wonderful authentic ballet writing and an important message championing the rights of refugees. As a teacher yourself, could you suggest ways in which No Ballet Shoes in Syria could be used in the classroom for the many teachers and primary school staff that will read this and wish to use it in their schools?
Here goes! How did it develop? How did the rest of the world respond? Why did so many people flee the country? What can you find out about the siege of Aleppo? This could be explored as a newspaper article, timeline of events or cartoon. Then gather articles from different magazines and newspaper articles about refugees, asylum seekers, the migrant crisis. Compare how the issues are discussed in different sections of the media. Class discussion on whether countries like the UK have a moral obligation to take in more asylum seekers.
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Maths: Find out some statistics on refugees and asylum seekers there are lots to be found via the British Refugee Council or Refugee Week website then record them in different ways — bar chart, pie chart, ratios, percentages etc. Extension task: calculate the distance Aya and her family travelled from Aleppo to Manchester!
Literacy: My publishers have produced a lovely resource with questions designed to enhance reading comprehension and analysis skills. There are also lots of writing tasks pupils could try: what if Aya wrote a letter to her father, or to one of her old friends from Aleppo? Or you could bring in unusual objects for pupils to use as story starters — that always works for me! Send me a tweet via catherinebruton or email my publisher Nosy Crow at press nosycrow. What has an interviewer or blogger never asked you before, that you always wished you could answer?
This is a truly excellent question which has set me pondering! I was so stuck on this book until I talked to my dear friend- the amazing author Joanna Nadin — and she sorted me out good and proper! Finally, can you share with our readers something about yourself that they might be surprised to learn? I once danced with Nelson Mandela! He complimented my red dress!
Do you have a question you would like to ask the readers of The Reader Teacher? Big thanks to Clare, Catherine and all the team at Nosy Crow for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the No Ballet Shoes in Syria blog tour and for sending me a proof and advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Catherine for answering my questions! But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question.
On 6 June , Emile Corteil parachuted into France with his dog, Glen — and Jack is determined to discover their fate…. D-Day was one of the most significant days in the history of Europe and the world.
The beginning of the end of Nazi Germany. On June 6 th this year, Europe will be celebrating the 75 th anniversary of D-Day. There are international, national and local events that will help teachers work with children and young adults to explain the significance of the day, along with books, resources, films and websites.
Tom Palmer, author of D-Day Dog. Big thanks to Tom for his brilliant guest post highlighting ten different ways to commemorate and be involved in the 75th anniversary of this momentous day. D-Day Dog is available now to pre-order online and from any good independent bookshop. But Bertha quickly realises that some passengers are behaving strangely, and she determines to unravel their secrets. With new friend, Madge, Bertha sets up her own detective agency to try and solve the mysteries onboard, but they have no idea that disaster is looming for Titanic. Looking at the passengers and surroundings around her, Bertha Watt — who fancies herself more as a polar explorer rather than that of the prim and proper young lady she pretends to be to fit in with her 2nd Class co-passengers — soon becomes bored and begins to notice that the people joining her on this epic journey away from hometown Aberdeen and mainland Britain may not be all as they seem to be.
Finding a new friend in an unlikely situation, Bertha and new friend, Madge create their very own detective agency The Collyer-Watt Detective Agency to dig deeper in to the mysteries of the masses, firstly beginning with maybe-murderer? Mr Hoffman. However, these soon take on a different course once Bertha meets Johan — a Swedish boy on board who has little money to his name; constantly feels seasick and struggles to converse as he speaks barely any English whilst Bertha speaks barely any Swedish. Nevertheless the two manage to communicate and communicate they must as Johan holds in his hands a treasure map and quite literally!
But with the threat of danger looming… will they crack the case before the clock counts down on the biggest nautical disaster of all time? It is so refreshing to see a book recently written that is based on the real-life people who experienced these events and emanates with well-researched historical facts and information not just from what is widely known of the Titanic such as the class divides but also the more minor details that are often overlooked or missed entirely including the staggering humiliation of the medical examinations for third-class passengers and the recognition of the difficulties in communication for those foreign passengers on board.
I am fascinated by the history of this ship having been to the museum in Southampton myself but the quality of this book is guaranteed to spurn children and adults to take a vested interest to learn more about it themselves. Big thanks to Kelly, Lindsay and all the team at Cranachan for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of The Titanic Detective Agency blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Together, Effie and her friends must use their magical skills to defeat the evil tactics of Diberi before total destruction is wreaked upon the worlds at Midwinter.
So without further ado…. Praise for the Worldquake series:. Big thanks to Jo, Scarlett and all the team at Canongate for inviting me to share this extract as part of the Galloglass blog tour. Looking forward to seeing it on the shelves! Maggie is a middle child, overlooked and unheard. An absorbing, quietly menacing story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal, beautifully told. Stuck between being the eldest or the youngest.
Stuck between being overlooked and under-heard. Stuck in the middle. The chosen ones. Always the chosen ones to win prizes, to be clapped at, to have their portraits painted or to have parties. Or so she believes. Always quietly questioning and fighting to make her own name for herself, Maggie makes an encounter of a different kind. As her eyes begin to open to the world around her and truths and twists are revealed, this tale proves to be far more than it appears to be on the surface. Told through the distinctive voice and sometimes-dark perspectives of Maggie, this deeply-atmospheric story within its sinister setting carries with it undertones, a family dynamic and moments of an almost middle-grade Hunger Games meeting Stig of the Dump.
This debut is more than a mystery. Which 3 adjectives and 3 corresponding emojis would you choose to best describe The Middler? KA: 1. The place where I grew up influenced the setting immeasurably. And so many great novels inspired me, for example: Z for Zachariah Robert C.
TRT: Are you an eldest, middler or youngest? And can you ear-wiggle yourself? TRT: If you were to choose the character that is most like you from The Middler, who would it be and why? KA: Maggie. TRT: What first attracted you to writing? KA: As an adult, I started writing after reading stories to my own children — I got that excited tingle as I read them, and thought I could do this. And yes, I did enjoy writing at school. TRT: Which parts of writing do you find energise you and which parts do you find exhaust you? KA: Starting a book is usually the most energising for me.
I love writing the second draft too — tightening everything up so that the story hangs together better. The exhausting part is getting through the middle of the first draft — the sticky middle is definitely a real thing. I usually tackle it by re-reading books on the technicalities of plotting, and gradually the story begins to find its way. TRT: When you were a child, can you remember contacting any authors or them ever visiting your school and if so, did this inspire you? Gumdrop was a vintage car and the author was the awesomely named Val Biro. He signed my book. I treasured it. I love a book that makes me laugh.
The Middler and Teaching 3. TRT: Could you suggest ways that your book could be used in the classroom for the many teachers and school staff that will read this? Nosy Crow have developed an excellent KS2 teaching resource pack with extracts, discussion questions and lesson plans — you can find it at nosycrow.
KA: The Middler tells the story of Maggie, a middle child living in an isolated community where only the eldest children are special. KA: You can contact me via my website kirstyapplebaum. TRT: What has an interviewer or blogger never asked you before, that you always wished you could answer? TRT: Finally, can you share with our readers something about yourself that they might be surprised to learn?
KA: Do you think being a youngest, middle, eldest or single child makes a difference to how you feel and act? Big thanks to Clare, Kirsty and all the team at Nosy Crow for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of The Middler blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Kirsty for answering my questions!
Working at Belle Vue Zoo is life-changing for Danny. Once, he lived on the streets, pick-pocketing to survive. Now he has a new family and a new job — caring for a zoo of exotic creatures, including the famous elephant, Maharajah. But when animals start escaping, Danny is the prime suspect: after all, everyone knows he used to be a thief. And when a man turns up claiming to be his real father, the plot thickens. Can Danny untangle the mystery of the animal escapade — and find out where he really belongs — or will his wonderful new life also disappear? This time, we rejoin a different Danny.
But think again! As his old life soon catches up with him when the animals start to mysteriously escape from their enclosures and all hell starts to break loose. Especially when Mr Jameson had plans in place to host the grandest of spectacles, a show featuring his most prized possessions and attractions — including the most famous of all, Maharajah. Suspicion mounts and the finger ends up slowly being pointing towards Danny due to his background and his past life. Try as he might — and some may call him fearless; others audacious — Mr Jameson puts up the only fight he can to relent the oncoming fracas the best he can, still scheduling his plans for his show of all shows but will the show go on…?
There are important messages throughout this epic adventure of good-versus-evil: the rights of animals and the place of zoos in historical and modern society being the main one that will make the reader think more deeply. But in Danny, there is a much more pressing message in that care and love goes further than anyone can imagine.
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Although this book is a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone knowing that Danny has been saved from the streets. Known as the Disneyland of the north, Belle Vue Zoological Gardens attracted more than two million visitors a year. And yet today, the only sign that it ever existed is a commemorative plaque at the spot where the entrance once stood.
Belle Vue began life in the s as a small tea garden but the owner John Jennison had big ambitions. As well as an aviary of parrots, he introduced kangaroos, a rhino, a couple of lions, a bear and some gazelles. And then in , he bought an elephant: Maharajah. But just like my fictional Belle Vue, the real park boasted many other attractions. The Jennison family built a maze, a dance hall, an archery field, several tearooms, Italian gardens and even a platform for hot air ballooning.
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Local men — paid in pies and beer — were enlisted to play soldiers and act out scenes from historic battles. Huge painted canvases formed the backdrop to these dramatic performances, while overhead, rockets and firecrackers coloured the sky. But the displays were not without danger. Almost every night, the wooden stage caught fire and on one occasion in , flames broke out on the island destroying half the painted scenery — a drama that provided inspiration for The Great Animal Escapade.
But the gardens were not popular with everyone. Local church leaders demanded Jennison stop business during Sunday services. The Jennison era ended in when the family finally sold the park. It was taken over by a businessman called John Henry Iles. But times were changing for the menagerie. As well as increased competition from other, more modern zoos, there were growing — and justified — concerns about animal welfare and conservation.
With little investment, Belle Vue was simply not able to keep up with the new thinking, and after years in business, the zoo closed in Within four years, the other attractions had shut down as well. Big thanks to Jane, Laura and all the team at Chicken House for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the The Great Animal Escapade blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Jane for writing such a brilliant and interesting guest post! Both ravaging and raw… this should be top of the pile for teachers and schools learning more about Viking England.
Northumbria She will not cry. Can she shape her own legend? Will it end in revenge — or is there another way? With revenge in mind, Ylva sets off on the most bloodthirsty of tasks: to kill the man who killed her mother. The three-fingered murderer. Gutsy, headstrong and staunchly independent, she is on a one-girl mission and nothing is going to stop her. But the journey is not easy and the weather is constant; biting and freezing and everybody is not as friendly as they first seem either…. Will Ylva survive or will she fall at the hands of the very same people that murdered her mother?
Fighting off foes and holding her belief in the gods close to her heart, this quest is more than a quest for Ylva. Dan is the master of all-action, heart-pounding, breathless books and for me, She Wolf achieves this in spades. This should be top of the pile for any teachers and schools learning more about the history of Viking England. Those books take readers through the hardships of World War II, they send them hunting in the forests of Finland, racing through the jungles of Costa Rica, and investigating a mystery in the icy wastes of Antarctica.
It made sense to me, having both a son and a daughter, that I would want both of my own children to be able to see themselves in one of those characters. But it would be fair to say that, yes, the boy was usually the main main character. So I decided to change that. My next story would have a girl as the main character. But, when we think about Vikings, we think about large, bearded, menacing men with swords and axes, so how was I going to do that?
And when the Vikings eventually became Christians, those women lost their freedoms. But what about warriors? Were there any female Viking warriors? I wanted my main character, Ylva, to be fierce like a wolf. I wanted her to feel comfortable with an axe in her hand. She should know how to swing a blade, and not be afraid of a little blood. Ylva needed to be a warrior.
They believed that Viking raiders were all men; that women were not strong enough, or brave enough, or fierce enough to have joined the raiding parties that ventured over the seas. In a Viking grave was excavated in Sweden, containing the remains of a warrior surrounded by weapons, and two sacrificed horses.
In , a team of scientists, led by Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, carried out genetic tests on the remains and discovered that the Birka Warrior was a woman. A shield maiden. So my Viking hero is no bearded giant. Instead, she is a brave and resourceful girl with an axe in her hand and revenge burning in her heart. Big thanks to Dan, Laura and all the team at Chicken House for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the She Wolf blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review.
Extra thanks to Dan for writing such a superb and insightful guest post! The Frozen Sea. It is and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. Summoned to Folio, she must rescue a missing prince, helped only by her pet hamster and a malfunctioning robot.
Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined. What Jewel discovers will change not just who she thinks she is, but who we all think we are…. Piers Torday. I was born in , in Northumberland, which is possibly the one part of England where more animals live than people. Alongside my younger brother Nick, I spent my very early years crawling around on the floor of that shop, surrounded by piles of books right from the start.
I was extremely lucky to come from a writing background. I enjoyed reading, writing and drawing from an early age. Other favourites included Roald Dahl, C. My mother was always writing as I was growing up — newspaper articles, gardening and cookery books, local history — and it seemed a normal thing to want to do.
Then I started making comics, and my first one was about all the sheep who lived on the hills around us, called…The Sheep! Then I went to university, where I was meant to study English but mainly wrote, directed or produced plays and comedy shows. I was very fortunate to be a Trustee for the last 15 years. Then I co-ran a theatre production company, touring new plays and promoting comedians. I also worked in TV for several years, including a short spell in Los Angeles, coming up with ideas for everything from reality shows to hidden camera pranks.
The book has been published in 13 other countries, including the USA. After my father died in , I found his last unfinished novel a political thriller for adults amongst his papers. I am passionate about the opportunities for imaginative futures that reading allows, and have been a trained Reading Helper with Beanstalk Reads for five years, working with children on their reading on my local primary schools. I am delighted to be a Patron of Reading at the inspirational St.
I am also a Patron of the magnificent Shrewsbury Book Fest, a visionary book award, festival and school outreach scheme all in one. I am currently also working on the sequel to that book, alongside a new play and a new film, but spend most of my time wrangling our very naughty — but adorable — puppy, Huxley. Ben Mantle. Ben was born in Leamington Spa in , and developed a very early interest in things artistic, designing programme covers for school productions and even coming first in his local library colouring-in competition.
Samuel Perrett. Biggest thanks to Piers, Emily and all at Hachette for giving me the wonderful opportunity to reveal this stunning and spellbinding cover and for providing copies for the giveaway! Proof copies will be sent to winners when available from Hachette, as soon as possible near to publication day. The war is done and Arianwyn has discovered the secret of the quiet glyphs at last, but her troubles are far from over.
But when enemies and dark magic converge on Lull, stealing away someone very dear indeed, our witch faces her greatest challenge so far. What really makes a witch come true? Our loveable heroine is about to find out…. With family reunions and Christmas on its way, it seems that life in Lull could rebalance itself for Arianwyn in the right way. Can she save the inhabitants of Lull, her family and herself before its too late…? A mug of hot chocolate is the perfect complement and the most fitting of accompaniments to the end of this series which James conjures to a close so perfectly.
A book about light, about magic and belief, and about unlocking your own potential, from the critically acclaimed author of Fish Boy and The Boy Who Hit Play. Maya has to escape. Raul is escaping too — travelling back to his home where a terrible tragedy happened, ready to stir up trouble. When their paths collide in the middle of the jungle, the sparks begin to fly. As modern world corruption meets the magic and legends of ancient times, can Maya draw on her hidden light to find the way through to the truth?
Chloe Daykin. In December Chloe journeyed across the otherworldy land of Peru thanks to the fantastic support of the Arts Council England. Chloe Daykin lives in Northumberland with her family including one husband, two boys and three cats. She loves an unusual adventure and is a fan of all things fun, poetic and surprising. David Litchfield. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the U. K, Europe and America. Biggest thanks to Sarah and all at Faber for giving me the wonderful opportunity to reveal this gorgeously colourful cover and for providing proof copies for the giveaway!
Proof copies will be sent to winners when available from Faber, as soon as possible. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan Wilde must stop the flying machine they were building from falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger. Athan faces a dreadful choice — flight or family? Which one will he pick? As this tale begins to rapidly unfold, we are first introduced to the backstreets of Bath where the shadows swathe the streets in darkness swallowing all of the light and where we soon enter a murky world of mystery and murder….
Hidden away are Athan Wilde, our young protagonist, and his inventor friend, Mr Chen who are busy at work creating their latest contraptions. Most recently, that being a flying machine. For Athan — who dreams of taking to the skies — Mr Chen is the man who can turn imagination into idea and aspiration into actuality. Fearing the worst and that all of their inventions and well-kept secrets could be revealed, Athan soon finds it falling to him to rescue their plans and plot a way forward for their dream of flying, now his dream, to survive. Warts and all…. Engrossing, exciting and most of all, riveting are the words that I choose to use to describe this fast-paced, frenetic and unmissable tale that just will not let you go until the very last word of the very last page.
Oscar is getting a pet! But which pet should he pick? And what on earth will he do when they all move in? His house is like a zoo. Dogs, cats, parrots, elephants, snakes, fish, hamsters — all these animals and so little time to pick. So he lets nature take its course and puts an advert in the classifieds section of his local newspaper only to become inundated with replies from the very animals themselves!
As Oscar deliberates and ponders over his choice, things go bad from worse as the animals arrive at his home to set up camp and Oscar gains his own massive menagerie right outside his front door. Taking cover in a tent outside, the only option is for all the animals to go. All except for the appearance of a letter from a pet that Oscar had missed reading….
With an ending that will melt even the coldest of hearts, this is a special story told with complete and utter sincerity. There is nothing like the irreplaceable, mutual bond between person and pet and this book showcases this so perfectly. I would love to be involved again next year! Bored of the same old routine? Longing for a bit of adventure in your life?
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Love living life on the edge? Thrills and adventure await, just hop on board the slightly old and rusty moped of infinity! As the professor reveals rather hysterically! But as the Professor and Alfie are soon left to discover for themselves, the way back home may not be as simple as it first seemed. Wacky, insanely inventive and heaps of fun, I can completely guarantee that this book will be lapped up by children and adults! Forget the boundaries of space, forget the boundaries of time and forget the boundaries of imagination because this is outlandishly good. Not only is it a proper science-fiction, fantasy, travel guide adventure, but it answers questions that have left science scratching its chin.
Who could ask for more? As a taste of the surprises that await, The Reader Teacher can reveal just a few of those secrets. Glue your eyeballs to this screen for just a sample of that astonishing knowledge …. Some books tell you it all began with monkeys. Yes, stone circles. You know, like Stonehenge.
This is how it happened …. About a million years ago, a man named Partley Mildew invented stone circles on the planet Wip-Bop-a-Looma, starting a craze for inter-galactic travel. It should be obvious I cannot perform an amputation in mittens. Are you joking again? Lined with rabbit fur. My great-meema skint it herself back when there was rabbits aboard Matilda. Real rabbits. When was the last time anybody saw one of those?
Aster was always memorizing new ways of being with people. Flick shrugged, the gesture causing the blanket wrapped about their shoulders to fall. We got a saying here in Tide Wing: Should is for weaklings. Why would we care about such a thing when already nothing is how it should be on this cursed ship? Should won't make it so you don't got to cut off my foot, will it? It sure won't turn the heat back on, or kill the man who thought to turn it off in the first place.
Should disappeared three hundred years ago when our old home went gone. There's no such thing as supposed to in space. Didn't your meema never teach you that? Aster recognized the puffs for what they were, condensed molecules of H2O, but she reached out to touch one of the vagabond forms anyway.
She imagined each foggy sheaf as an Ancestor, even though the Ancestors were dead, swallowed into the past alongside the Great Lifehouse from which Matilda had fled. Forgive me," they said, eyes intent on Aster. Yet the wound of Lune Grey felt quite fresh and untended, no stirring from Flick required.
Aster blamed the blackouts. The last time Matilda experienced ship-wide power outages was twenty-five years ago, and every conversation she overheard seemed to revolve around that sum. I thought they fixed this twenty-five years ago, someone said, and, It may have been twenty-five years but I remember it good as yesterday, or, Twenty-five years. Couldn't they have bought Matilda more time than that? These grievances were innocent enough on their own, but to Aster they were reminders.
Twenty-five years her mother had been dead. Thoughts of Lune had increased to the point of distraction, interfering with her work.
She gulped her tea, hopeful the bitterness would focus her enough to deal with this cold. Flick scrunched their brow, poked out their plump lips. She'd been praying. The woman, young to be the mother of a mother of a mother, turned to Aster. Where Aster lived, folks said yongwa.
Soft o, then a g sound. It meant young one in the language of the Tarlands. One moment," the woman added. Flick read The Reign of Night Empress as they waited for their great-meema to return. Aster saw it was the same copy she herself had owned fifteen years earlier. The lemon curd she'd spilled on it as a child still smeared the top left corner.
There was more on page eleven, covering the tip of Night Empress's rifle. Aster unscrewed the lid, flecks of orange rust peeling from the age-softened metal. She gagged upon smelling the contents and slammed the lid back on. I suppose if you have a drink it'll warm you from the inside.
I wouldn't recommend it. Couldn't pay me a new pair of shoes to drink that piss. For the stove I'm going to build. A few thimbles, a spool of thread, buttons, two packets of pop-pyserum, razor. Two other women hustled to gather the materials, stuffing them into the can as Aster directed. When it was sufficiently packed, Aster poured in the entirety of the jar of rotgut Flick's great-grandmeema had procured.
A teenager pointed to the lighter in Aster's hand. Smiling, the girl grabbed it and held it to the can, the alcohol igniting. It was Matilda 's geography, she supposed. What people had known for two generations on R deck had yet to be discovered on V, and so on. Twenty thousand lowdeckers and almost half as many different ways of life. That was the nature of a ship divided by metal, language, and armed guards.
Even in decks as linked as the Tarlands, information had a way of staying put. I never seen fire with no smoke," said a woman wrapped in a small afghan. There, Flick already sat, their great-grandmother next to them. Aster scrubbed their back with a sponge, pinching the skin where she'd insert the needle. Not necessary, but she'd picked up the habit from times she'd watched the Surgeon. She'd learned most body-cutting craft from other Q deck healers, but the Surgeon's tricks stuck with her most.
Flick whimpered and grabbed their great-meema's hands. Then she dragged her stool down to the bottom of the cot and pinched the gangrenous skin above Flick's metatarsals. Aster pressed her stethoscope to Flick's talus bone and listened. The steady pulsing of blood signaled viable vessels and circulation, and she drew a line in ink where she planned to make the incision.
Preserving the anklebone would make fitting a prosthesis easier.