Six for Sunday: 29th September 2019

Okay…so I still haven’t got my blogging mojo back, and I finally have a little bit of time to sit and write some posts. What better one to start with than a favourite – Six for Sunday! However…I haven’t taken part all month which meant that I missed a theme that I would love to do, so I’m going to go back to September 8th. Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by A Little But A Lot! Today’s (September 8th) theme is:

Back to School Realness: books set in schools

  1. Malory Towers – Enid Blyton
  2. St Clare’s – Enid Blyton
  3. The Year After You (Hope Hall) – Nina de Pass
  4. Trebizon – Anne Digby
  5. Murder Most Unladylike (Deepdean) – Robin Stevens
  6. Midnight for Charlie Bone (Bloor’s) – Jenny Nimmo

Well, this list was easy to put together! I could’ve gone on; I’m a sucker for books set in schools! Have you read any of these?

kayleigh

 

Books I Need To Read and Review!

So…I’ve not been a very good book blogger lately when it comes to reviewing. I just haven’t had the time to read whilst sorting out moving out! However, I have been lucky enough to receive some fab books from lovely publishers either in the post or via NetGalley, and I want to give them a bit of a showcase on here because I’ve either read a bit of them and really enjoyed them, or because I’m super excited to get to them! I have made sure to get a pretty picture of each one, and they’re slowly all appearing on my Instagram. Reviews will come soon, I promise!

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Show and Tell by Rob Biddulph from Harper Collins, published 8th August 2019.

Meet Class 2L. These kids are excited. 
Today’s SHOW AND TELL day, and you’re all invited!

Come and be schooled in magic and wonder by the award-winning Rob Biddulph, in this brand-new story about how biggest isn’t always best!

Packed to the brim with his trademark warm humour, life lessons and pitch-perfect rhyme, this is a story to read together, laugh out loud at, and enjoy over and over again.

The perfect book for boys and girls, to read out loud or enjoy alone.

 

img_6004Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo from Hot Key Books, publishing 8th October 2019.

Desperate times call for desperate magic . . . Magic rules the city of Creije Capital and Tavia Syn knows just how many tricks she needs up her sleeve to survive. Selling dark magic on the streets for her kingpin, she keeps clear of other crooks, counting the days until her debt is paid and she can flee her criminal life. But then, one day, with her freedom in sight, Tavia uncovers a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the realm she calls home. Desperate to put an end to her kingpin’s plan, Tavia forms an unlikely alliance with three crooks even more deadly than her: Wesley, the kingpin’s prodigy and most renewed criminal in the realm Karam, an underground fighter with a penchant for killing first and forgetting to ask questions And Saxony, a Crafter in hiding who will stop at nothing to avenge her family With the reluctant saviours assembled, they embark on a quest to put an end to the dark magic before it’s too late. But even if they can take down the kingpin and save the realm, the one thing they can’t do is trust each other.

 

img_6021A World Full of Spooky Stories by Angela McAllister from Frances Lincoln, published 3rd September 2019

Get ready for Halloween with this child-friendly collection of spooky stories from all over the world.

Feel your pulse race and your skin tingle as you read about the fearsome witch Baba Yaga, the serpent woman from Spain, the rescue of Tam Lin from the bewitching Queen of the Fairies, how Father Death gets caught in the Enchanted Apple Tree, and the waterdwelling Bunyip from Australia. Make sure you have your candle ready as it’s sure to be a long night… This gorgeous gift book is the perfect anthology for Halloween, or any time you want to be spooked!

Features stories from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Africa, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India, UK, Canada, France, China, Ireland, Syria, Korea, Sweden, Egypt, Iceland, New Zealand, Arabia, Spain, Tibet, Iran, Greece.

 

99628D69-9BDB-48FB-8A4F-437CB74D131FSophie Takes To The Sky by Katherine Woodfine from Barrington Stoke, publishing 15th September 2019.

Scaredy-Cat Sophie is afraid of everything! So when a balloonist comes to the town fair, Sophie is left behind while everyone else goes to watch him fly in his marvellous balloon. She’s far too frightened of the crowds, the commotion and even riding in a horse-drawn carriage. But Sophie longs to watch the hot-air balloon sail across the blue sky. If she could just be brave enough to face her fears, who knows where her journey might take her … A touching tale for young readers of learning to overcome anxiety and follow your dreams.

 

67168999_475081016388547_5396842423602390331_nWhat Magic Is This? by Holly Bourne from Barrington Stoke, published 25th July 2019.

Sophia, Mia and Alexis are clinging on to a spark of hope that maybe – just maybe – they’re special. But could they really be witches with the power to cast life-changing spells? When the three friends gather to cheer up heartbroken Sophia, they’re ready to put their theory to the test. But when long-held secrets are revealed and hard truths start to hit home, their night of bewitching quickly takes an unexpected turn … A touching celebration of female friendship and finding the courage to love yourself from acclaimed author Holly Bourne.

 

69079973_129665268323494_7568384364344495277_nThe Lost Fairy Tales by Isabel Otter from Little Tiger, published 22nd August 2019.

If damsels in distress and prissy princesses give you cause for despair then look no further… 
This enchanting anthology of 20 overlooked and forgotten fairy tales has been collected from different cultures around the world. Every story features a strong female heroine, who approaches life with humour, wit, cunning and bravery. None of these heroines needs rescuing.

Thank you so much to all of the above publishers for sending me copies of what is an amazing collection of books! I can’t wait to finally get around to reading and reviewing them!

kayleigh

Artwork Showcase: Sophie Takes To The Sky

EC012744-9DE9-423F-A7BF-C5EF757038A2Hello! It seems like forever since I last posted (lots has been going on…finally moved out!), but what better post to come back with than something a little bit different! When I was offered the opportunity to host an artwork showcase for a beautiful little book by one of my favourite authors I jumped at the chance. Sophie Takes To The Sky is a book aimed at younger readers about being brave and following your dreams. It tackles anxiety in a very easy to understand way, all whilst having a really fun and engaging story. If, like I was, you’re wondering what exactly an artwork showcase is…well, it’s exactly that! I’ve read (and loved) this book, and picked out a few of my favourite images to share with you!

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These three images capture the story so perfectly, and made what is already an enjoyable book even better! Full review to come soon.

Sophie Takes To The Sky publishes next week, 15th September, with Barrington Stoke as part of their Little Gems series. For those of you who don’t know, Barrington Stoke produces dyslexia friendly titles and has a fantastic catalogue of books from some of the best and biggest authors today – I’d definitely recommend checking them out!

Author portrait.10/12/13.Copyright Photo Tom Pilston.

Author Katherine Woodfine Copyright Tom Pilston

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Illustrator Briony May Smith


Thank you to Kirstin at Barrington Stoke for sending me a copy of the book and for this opportunity!