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    Book Reviews — middle grade fiction

    The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell published by Bloomsbury

    The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell published by Bloomsbury

    I was thrilled to get a proof copy of Katherine Rundell's latest book. Several years ago now Katherine visited our book club- in fact I think she was one of the first authors to visit us. We were all enthralled by her as she told us how she would start every day donning her ballet shoes to walk her small tightrope in her office before she tied herself to her seat to ensure she wrote and focused. I can clearly remember being enchanted by her ethereal quality as she spoke of how she came to write Rooftoppers. Katherine has written another fabulous book- she has created another strong young female whose own body drives her forward at moments of mental fear. 

    Vita set her jaw, and nodded at New York City in greeting, as a boxer greets an opponent before a fight.

    Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack's spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. 

    She V finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.

    Katherine Rundell's fifth novel is a heist as never seen before - the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.'

    And when i came to the close of the book I felt compelled to start it again and am so enjoying appreciating all the magical moments and resonances that the book is packed with. A rip roaring read, majestic storytelling with a quartet of young misfits- each wonderfully unique who have all embraced who they are and who together well, you'll have to read the book.....

    And yes we will have lots of copies available in the shop from around the 13th June and you can pre-order your copy here x

    Book Review- The High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

    Book Review- The High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson
    A refreshingly contemporary duo Anika aka Nik (11) and Norva (13) are sisters and live with their Dad in a tower block called the Tri. A perfect team Nik is methodical and scientific in her approach whilst Norva works on instinct and 'feels things in her waters' When their friend and art teacher Hugh is found murdered Nik and Norva are determined to solve the case...

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    Book Review 3 - Asha & the Spirit Bird

    Book Review 3 - Asha & the Spirit Bird
    Read Julia's review of author Jasbinder Bilan's debut book. This exciting new author sought inspiration from her family history. To give you a sneak preview into Julia's thought on the book, she believed that the book took her to a 'wonderful new world'...

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    Book Review 2- The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder

    Book Review 2- The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder
    Read Julia's review of The Midnight Hour, a book about Emily who has one of those really embarrassing mums; although in Emily’s mum eyes she has one of those really argumentative daughters. It is truly a match made in heaven. Emily swiftly realises that she doesn’t know much about who her parents really are, and when they disappear in short succession Emily and her trusty companion Hog and a supply of sandwiches set out on an adventure to find them...

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