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Bite-Size Corner – ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ by Katherine Paterson

Now a major motion picture, discover the beloved Newbery Medal-winning story of Jess Aarons and Leslie Burke. Join Jess and Leslie as they form an unlikely friendship and create the imaginary land of Terabithia. There they rule as king and queen, until a terrible tragedy occurs that helps Jess understand just how much he has… Continue reading Bite-Size Corner – ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ by Katherine Paterson

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Bite-Size Corner – ‘Candyfloss Guitar’ by Stephen Marriott

Diego is coasting. He has been content with living his life in a sun scorched pueblo that lies on the route of the pilgrim path: The Way of Saint James. But one stormy night, change is forced upon him when his father, Eduardo, the local candyfloss man, unexpectedly catches him entertaining a captivated crowd with… Continue reading Bite-Size Corner – ‘Candyfloss Guitar’ by Stephen Marriott

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‘How I Live Now’ by Meg Rosoff

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy. As power fails,… Continue reading ‘How I Live Now’ by Meg Rosoff

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‘Waves’ by Sharon Dogar

Charley died in the waves last summer. Almost. Now she’s in a coma, neither dead nor alive.On returning to the beach, her younger brother Hal finds it hard to shake off her presence. Thoughts of Charley begin crowding his mind, revealing strange places and violent emotions—thoughts that Hal comes to realise are not entirely his… Continue reading ‘Waves’ by Sharon Dogar

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‘Doll Bones’ by Holly Black

My name is Eleanor Kerchner. You can call me the Queen. I died in 1895. Now it’s time to play. 3.75 Stars (Rounded to 4) It’s time to post my first review of 2015, and it is for the first book I have completed this year, the middle grade ghost story ‘Doll Bones’ by Holly… Continue reading ‘Doll Bones’ by Holly Black

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‘Elsewhere’ by Gabrielle Zevin

“Sorry, but nothing of much importance ever happened to me… I’m just a girl who forgot to look both ways before she crossed the street.” 4 Stars I have read Gabrielle Zevin’s ‘All These Things I’ve Done’ and I have to say that I did not really enjoy her attempt at dystopian, although her writing… Continue reading ‘Elsewhere’ by Gabrielle Zevin

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‘The Book of Tomorrow’ by Cecelia Ahern

This is a story about how tomorrow can change what happens today… 4.75 Stars (Rounded to 5) ‘The Book of Tomorrow’ was the first Cecelia Ahern book I started to read, but it was not the first one I finished. I started this book back in July/August after picking it up at a school fair.… Continue reading ‘The Book of Tomorrow’ by Cecelia Ahern