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Review: Beautiful Mess, Claire Christian

Review: Beautiful Mess, Claire Christian

Claire Christian’s Beautiful Mess was the winner of the Text Prize for 2016, and for good reason. This important book examines the issues of depression and anxiety, but also grief of those left behind after a suicide. It might sound like a grim start, and it is to a certain… Read more »

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Review: The Book of Whispers, Kimberley Starr

Review: The Book of Whispers, Kimberley Starr

The Book of Whispers is Kimberley Starr’s winner of the Text Prize for 2015. It’s a story of love, loss and demons, in the crusade to free Jerusalem from the Saracens. Luca, the son and heir of the Conte de Falconi, sees demons, a fact he keeps well hidden after his attempted… Read more »

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Review: Elizabeth and Zenobia, Jessica Miller

Review: Elizabeth and Zenobia, Jessica Miller

When Elizabeth’s mother runs away, Elizabeth and her father move to his childhood home of Witheringe House, along with Elizabeth’s friend Zenobia, even though her father insists she’s too old for an imaginary friend. When they arrive at Witheringe House, Zenobia insists that it is the perfect place for a… Read more »

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Review: The Road to Winter, Mark Smith

Review: The Road to Winter, Mark Smith

Mark Smith’s The Road to Winter has a sticker on the front, saying, “Guaranteed great read or your money back”. I’m happy to report that I thought it was, indeed, great! I’ll be keeping a hold of my copy. Finn has been living with just his dog, Rowdy, for two… Read more »

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Review: A Toaster on Mars, Darrell Pitt

Review: A Toaster on Mars, Darrell Pitt

As a long-time fan of both Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, I felt that this book had some big boots to fill. While it did have some of the slapstick humour of the Discworld and wacky aliens and robots of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, sadly I didn’t think A Toaster on… Read more »

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Review: Waer, Meg Caddy

Review: Waer, Meg Caddy

The Waer of the Gwydhan Valley live peacefully, keeping their sheep and crops with thanks to their small gods. But when young waer Lowell Sencha finds a woman washed up on the riverbank,  trouble is about to descend on the quiet valley and its people. Waer is far from a… Read more »

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Review: Iris and the Tiger, Leanne Hall

Review: Iris and the Tiger, Leanne Hall

There’s something very strange about Bosque de Nubes, and it isn’t just Iris’ odd Aunt Ursula, or the surreal paintings on every wall. When Iris visits the old house in Spain to try to convince her Aunt to leave it all to her, she finds dark shadows in the woods and… Read more »

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Review: How To Be Happy, David Burton

Review: How To Be Happy, David Burton

I’ve lied to you already. I don’t know how to be happy. Yeah, sorry. Awkward. Okay, let me rephrase. I don’t know how to make you happy. But I have a pretty good idea about what would help. As you may have heard already, I spent the last weekend at… Read more »

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Podcast Episode #28: Angels in YA + Giveaway

Podcast Episode #28: Angels in YA + Giveaway

  Welcome to the twenty-eighth episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya. This episode is part of a series where we talk about YA books in a certain genre. This week we are very happy to welcome special guest Paula Weston to talk about her… Read more »

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Review: Between You & Me, Mary Norris

Review: Between You & Me, Mary Norris

– A delightful collection of stories and grammatical lessons. Mary Norris has been a copy editor for The New Yorker magazine since 1978. In this book, she shares some anecdotes from her time working in editing, interspersed with some lessons in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Grammar is not the easiest… Read more »

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