To be a Cat by Matt Haig #BookReview #Children’sFiction

One of my favourite books in my early teens was Jennie by Paul Gallico. It describes a boy who is hit by a car and finds himself transformed into a tough street cat.  It is a realistic tale with great pathos.  To be a Cat is different. Barney Willow is an unhappy boy who wishesContinue reading “To be a Cat by Matt Haig #BookReview #Children’sFiction”

The Extraordinary Book of Doors by Anne E G Nydam #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview

Turn the page… Open the door… Enter the adventure…   When worrywart Chen Connelly finds a mysterious antique book beneath a park bench, his safe but lonely summer suddenly becomes exciting. Perhaps a little too exciting. A book of renaissance architectural designs may not seem very exciting, until Chen finds himself traveling through the pagesContinue reading “The Extraordinary Book of Doors by Anne E G Nydam #TuesdayBookBlog #BookReview”

T is for Dido Twite from Black Hearts in Battersea #AtoZChallenge #TuesdayBookBlog

  Joan Aiken was an amazing writer of children’s fiction about the supernatural or alternative history. The long series of fat books which begin with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase are set in Britain in a version of late 17th century history where James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution, but supporters ofContinue reading “T is for Dido Twite from Black Hearts in Battersea #AtoZChallenge #TuesdayBookBlog”

Q is for Ramona Quimby #AtoZChallenge #FridayReads

    Ramona Quimby is an ordinary little girl with normal parents and a well-behaved older sister.  Although set in America, this family could easily be a typical British middle-class family where times are sometimes hard. My favourite book is Ramona the Pest when she anxiously starts nursery school alongside her neighbour, Howie.  Her kindContinue reading “Q is for Ramona Quimby #AtoZChallenge #FridayReads”

#AtoZChallenge : P is for Pollyanna

I first came to the story of Pollyanna when I went to the cinema at the age of 11 to see the film.  Unfortunately I forgot my glasses, needed for distance viewing, so sitting in the circle it was like listening to an audio-book!  As a result I soon found the book by Eleanor Porter,Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge : P is for Pollyanna”

#AtoZChallenge : M is for Maia from Journey to the River Sea #EvaIbbotson

As Journey to the River Sea begins, I am reminded of Sara Crewe in The Little Princess who finds herself stranded in an English boarding school after being orphaned.  In 1910, Maia finds herself in the same predicament except that she is soon offered an exciting new future in Brazil.  Apparently, she has relatives whoContinue reading “#AtoZChallenge : M is for Maia from Journey to the River Sea #EvaIbbotson”