Alice Broadway’s Scar – an excellent conclusion to a fascinating trilogy

‘… they roar their approval – not joy at my return, but jubilation at Mayor Longsight standing above me, above them, ruling over his people. A man, made divinity.’ In the final novel of Alice Broadway’s Ink trilogy, Leora Flint is at the mercy of Saintstone’s leader, Mayor Longsight, having returned from Featherstone at the … Continue reading Alice Broadway’s Scar – an excellent conclusion to a fascinating trilogy

Kwame Alexander’s Rebound

Shortlisted for this year's CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist,  this coming-of-age novel, set in the summer of 1988, introduces us to Charlie Bell. He’s lost his dad, he doesn’t have the right trainers, and he’s full of the usual insecurities of adolescence. And yet he also has an excellent sense of humour and makes for a … Continue reading Kwame Alexander’s Rebound

James Hartley’s Cold Fire – #BlogTour #Review #Giveaway

Taking his title from Romeo’s early speech about the pain of love, Hartley has spun a second tale of time-travel and mystery at St Francis School, a place where students find themselves caught up in events which closely mirror Shakespeare’s plays. This central idea in his stories allows his readers to consider the events and … Continue reading James Hartley’s Cold Fire – #BlogTour #Review #Giveaway

Lauren Wolk’s Wolf Hollow – truth and loyalties in 1940s America #review

This moving and tautly-constructed tale of secrets and damaged characters is an excellent read for young and old(er) adults alike. From the opening line, ‘The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie’, we’re in the hands of an accomplished storyteller, and one who isn’t afraid to pull her punches when it comes to … Continue reading Lauren Wolk’s Wolf Hollow – truth and loyalties in 1940s America #review

James Hartley’s The Invisible Hand – Blog Tour post and Giveaway

Macbeth has featured on the English syllabuses for so many, many years that it's a safe bet as Hartley's choice for his first foray into his planned Shakespeare's Moon sequence. Using key events from the Scottish play as his starting point, he establishes a narrative in which Sam, a student at St. Francis de Sales … Continue reading James Hartley’s The Invisible Hand – Blog Tour post and Giveaway