Children of Blood and Bone

Written by Tomi  Adeyemi Reviewed by Renee Hills This YA fantasy tells the story of Zelie’s quest to retrieve magic for her people and to rid them of the king’s ruthless and implacable dominion over the Maji or as they are contemptuously described – the maggots. The book’s title and cover design shout occult and … Continue reading Children of Blood and Bone

The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls

by Adam Cece illustrated by Andrew Weldon reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton Adam Cece, winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, has written a humorous and wacky junior fiction book. The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls follows the trio Kipp Kindle, Tobias Treachery and Cymphany Chan who try to work out … Continue reading The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls

Brotherband #7 The Caldera

by John Flanagan reviewed by Maria Parenti-Baldey Brotherband, The Caldera, 7, starts with the annual Maktig contest. Stig’s father, Olaf, arrives to ask Hal and his Heron brotherband fighters to save a 14-year-old emperor kidnapped by the pirate Myrgos. The action, tension and adventure begin when the Heron brotherband set off on their quest. However, … Continue reading Brotherband #7 The Caldera

The Book of Dust: Volume One – La Belle Sauvage

by Philip Pullman David Fickling Books 2017 paperback 448 pp $32.99 ISBN 9780857561084 If, like me, you’ve ever logged on to J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore site to check out what animal your patronus would be, my guess is that you’d love the world Phillip Pullman created as the setting for The Book of Dust - La … Continue reading The Book of Dust: Volume One – La Belle Sauvage

This Mortal Coil

by Emily Suvada Puffin Books 2017 paperback $17.99 464 pp ISBN 9780141379272 In this debut novel scientist Emily Suvada has created a dystopian science fiction piece aimed at the Young Adult reader. She artfully manages a complex, intriguing plot, revealing unpredictable twists and turns to create a fast-paced, action-packed page turner. This Mortal Coil is … Continue reading This Mortal Coil