Category Archives: Books

Some are new but some were just pleading with me to be picked up in the bookshop

I know I’m making excuses, but the thing is, if I’m going to be able to recommend books to kids I have to have read them first. Even the David Walliams ones. I’m looking forward to the Marcus Sedgwick and … Continue reading

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an unexpected gift

I was busy collecting in consent forms from my Duke of Edinburgh group this morning (they’re camping this weekend) when I noticed one of the kids was standing in the queue with a grin on his face and one hand … Continue reading

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still snowing

I don’t care – I’ve got a fire, a rocking chair and the Carnegie shortlist to read…

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The Lord of the Rings – how to make your own condensed version

I was chatting to a group of boys today about the forthcoming film of the Hobbit (they were on the opinionated side regarding the film adaptation, despite not having actually seen it yet), and we progressed to The Lord of … Continue reading

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wbd part 2

It was magic. I did not make a particularly convincing orang-utan, although the bananas proved popular – I had none left for my own lunch. Luckily we had an extremely convincing Miss Haversham, complete with dead flowers, and full explanation … Continue reading

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Dickensian

I’ve never really managed to get my head around Charles Dickens’ writing, which seems silly really, because I love history and I need to read thick books (because I finish the thin ones too quickly) and I’m a librarian, for … Continue reading

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