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The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi

December 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Reviews, UKLA

Perry has a unique way of looking at the world. When she realises that her grandmother’s memory for language is failing, she works on a dictionary of life at the Santa Lucia retirement home. Kate De Goldi handles difficult material with a lightness which makes it accessible but never trivial. This remarkable book is moving, […]

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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

December 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Reviews, UKLA

Albie knows he will need to travel to parallel universes to find his mum, so he creates a vehicle to take to other realities where his mother might still be alive. If you’ve ever wished you almost understood quantum physics this is the book for you. If you haven’t, don’t worry; this splendid book is […]

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Little Bits of Sky by S.E. Durrant

December 14th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Reviews, UKLA

Set in the late 1980’s perhaps children will see this as a historical novel. The breaking down of the Berlin Wall and Poll Tax demonstrations form a background to Ira and Zac’s lives in an inner city children’s home. A holiday in the country changes everything though not in the ways which you expect. This […]

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Heartsong by Kevin Crossley-Holland

December 14th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Reviews, UKLA

Laura lives a silent life in a Venetian orphanage until she meets the composer, Vivaldi. As the world of music is unfolded to her, her life is changed for ever. This is a short, beautifully written book which is enhanced by rich illustration. 18th Venice comes alive in both words and pictures as Laura moves […]

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Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare

December 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare · Reviews, UKLA

Aubrey isn’t the sort of boy to sit around doing nothing, so when his father falls under the spell of the terrible Yoot, he is determined to make everything right again. It takes Aubrey and the wisdom of his animal friends to save his father. Funny, exciting and very wise, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot […]

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Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

December 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce · Reviews, UKLA

It is impossible to summarize the plot of Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth; it is enough to say that Sputnik is an alien. Prez sees him as a boy in a kilt but everyone else sees him as a dog. And they have to save the earth. The story is a treat through all […]

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Harry Miller’s Run by David Almond

December 14th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Reviews, UKLA

Liam doesn’t want to visit his old neighbour, Harry Miller. He wants to train for the junior Great North Run. His mum insists and Liam is told the story of a summer day long ago when Harry and his friends ran thirteen miles for a dip in the sea and an ice cream. Almond’s ability […]

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The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill

December 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill · Reviews, UKLA

This is a biography of Earnest Thompson Seton who became a renowned wolf hunter in 19th century New Mexico. The death of Lobo, a magnificent wolf, changed Seton for ever and he devoted the rest of his life to the conservation of wildlife. This superbly written and illustrated biography covers themes which children will find […]

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Under Earth, Under Water by Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński Translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones

December 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Reviews, UKLA

The care and flair that have gone into the creation of Under Earth, Under Water are very impressive. A non-fiction book that takes readers to the centre of the world both the wet way and the dry way. Images and writing are both used in innovatively to make this a fascinating and very informative book […]

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The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

December 14th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Reviews, UKLA

Suzy hasn’t spoken since her best friend drowned. Trying to find out why such a strong swimmer died in the water, she begins to research jellyfish. It could be that she’ll only find answers on the other side of the world. This remarkable depiction of grieving reaches out to older readers in the honesty of […]

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