Book Review: Jane’s Country Year by Malcolm Saville

My thanks to Handheld Classics and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book. Malcolm Saville is another from the list of authors whom I was aware of but had never read. I only had a vague idea that he wrote adventure stories for children. But on seeing my friend Alwynne's review of this book…

Book Review: The Caravan Family by Enid Blyton

Looking at my 2021 reads so far (since we are heading towards the end of the year), I realised that I hadn’t read/re-read a single Blyton book in 2021, which is quite rare for me. So, to remedy that I picked up the first of a series I’ve been planning to read for a while,…

Book Review: A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively #1976Club

The wonderful A Stitch in Time was my third and final pick for the #1976Club hosted by Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Simon at Stuck in a Book.  In A Stitch in Time, we meet eleven-year-old Maria Foster who is heading down to Lyme Regis with her parents for a month of summer holiday.…

Book Review: The Hungry Ghost by H.S. Norup

My thanks to Pushkin Press/Steerforth Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. ‘Loss and grief is part of life…we cannot forget the dead’ The Hungry Ghost is a children’s/middle-grade story set in Singapore, and is a story of adventure and ghosts, of family and relationships, of remembering and forgetting, of the past…

Book Review: Mystery of the Night Watchers by A.J. Howell

My thanks to Usborne Publishing and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Mystery of the Night Watchers is a Children’s/Middle Grade historical mystery; set in 1910 during the period when Edward VII had just died and Halley’s comet was in the earth’s vicinity again. At the time rumours were rife that noxious gases…

Book Review: The Goldsmith and the Master Thief by Tonke Dragt

My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. A few years ago, I chanced upon the Dutch film version of The Letter for the King by children’s author, Tonke Dragt (with subtitles) and soon after found the English translation of the book on NetGalley, both of which I ended…

Shelf Control #139: The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Wednesday, the 12th of May, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it--what…

Christmas Read: Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas by Russell Hoban

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope this one turns out to be as good as can be within all the restrictions one has to live with. This year I was once wondering about picking up a Christmas-themed mystery but though I knew I would enjoy one of those, I decided to go with this little book instead…

#Review: Monster Mission by Eva Ibbtson #ChildrensFiction #Fantasy

This is the fourth of Ibbotson’s books that I’ve read and once again one for children featuring both eccentric characters and fantastical creatures. But even though it is a fun adventure story, and probably more unusual than her others, at its heart (like her others) it essentially is a comment on human beings and the…