Unofficial Britain: Journeys Through Unexpected Places

Title: Unofficial Britain Writer: Gareth E. Rees Publishing House: Elliot & Thompson Date of Publication: September 17th 2020 Rating: 4 stars ‘’After a long trudge over a misty moor, you arrive at the crest of a hill and pause for breath by an oak tree. Initials have been etched into the bark by others who…

Ernest Shackleton (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Ernest Shackleton (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Olivia Holden) Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: September 1st 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’To be brave cheerily, to be patient with a glad heart, to stand the agonies of thirst with laughter and song, to walk beside…

Three Bedrooms In Manhattan

Title: Three Bedrooms In Manhattan (original title: Trois chambres à Manhattan) Writer: Georges Simenon (translated by Marc Romano and Lawrence G, Blochman Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: July 30th 2020 (first published 1946) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It wasn’t on purpose that he sat down beside the woman. He realized it only when the…

Corazon Aquino (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Corazon Aquino (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Ginnie Hsu Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: August 4th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’One must be frank to be relevant.’’              Corazon Aquino Cory was born in the beautiful Philippines, the country of a Thousand Islands. She loved…

A Luminous Republic

Title: A Luminous Republic (original title: República luminosa) Writer: Andrés Barba (translated bu Lisa Dillman) Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: June 4th 2020 (first published November 29th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’When I’m asked about the thirty-two children who lost their lives in San Cristóbal, my reaction varies depending on the age of…

The Great Fortune (The Balkan Trilogy 1)

Title: The Great Fortune (The Balkan Trilogy 1) Writer: Olivia Manning Publishing House: Penguin Random House UK Date of Publication: July 30th 2020 (first published 1960) Rating: 4 stars ”A pine forest came down to the edge of the track: the light from the carriages rippled over the bordering trees. As she gazed out into…

Nasla’s Dream

Title: Nasla’s Dream Writer: Cécile Roumiguière, illustrated by Simone Rea Publishing House: Princeton Architectural Press Date of Publication:September 15th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”Nasla wants to sing, but at night, you do not sing. At night, you sleep. But what if the yellow dot grows and grows? What if it becomes big enough to swallow…

The Rain Heron

Title: The Rain Heron Writer: Robbie Arnott Publishing House: Atlantic Books Date of Publication: July 2nd 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”But more curious than this was what they saw next: a huge heron, the colour of rain, suddenly emerging from the flood in a fast, steep flight, leaving not even a ripple on the water…

If You Were Night

Title: If You Were Night Writer: Mượn Thị Văn , illustrated by Kelly Pousette Publishing House: Kids Can Press Date of Publication: September 1st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’If you saw the moon Tiptoe past your window, What would you do? Would you nestle under the covers  Or step outside, too?’’ There is something mysterious and…

Wilma Rudolph

(Little People, Big Dreams) Title: Wilma Rudolph (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by  Amelia Flower Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: June 4th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this…

Summerwater

Title: Summerwater Writer: Sarah Moss Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Dawn. There’s no sunrise, no birdsong. Light seeps over the water, through the branches. The sky is lying on the loch, filling the trees, heavy in the spaces between the pine needles, settling between blades of grass and…

Thank you, Miyuki

Title: Thank you, Miyuki Writer: Roxanne Marie Galliez, Seng Soun Ratanavanh (Illustrations) Publishing House: Princeton Architectural Press Date of Publication: September 1st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”Miyuki, look at the water. Not the flow. Not the twigs floating by. Only the water in front of your eyes.” Our beloved Miyuki is curious about meditation and her grandpa is always…

Honey on the Page

Title: Honey On The Page Writer: Various, edited and translated by Miriam Udel Publishing House: New York University Press Date of Publication: October 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars A beautiful collection of children’s stories, fables, myths, poems, allegories and fairy tales of Yiddish culture. Through Folklore and customs, family stories, we travel from the beginning of the 20th century…

Blue Ticket

Title: Blue Ticket Writer: Sophie Mackintosh Publishing House: Hamish Hamilton Date of Publication: August 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”We lined up, waiting to pull our tickets from the machine, the way you would take your number at the butcher’s counter. The music popular that year played from speakers on the ceiling. Just gravity enough. Not necessarily such an important…

The Mermaid Atlas: Merfolk of the World

Title: The Mermaid Atlas: Merfolk of the World Writer: Anna Claybourne, illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora Publishing House: Laurence King Publishing Date of Publication: June 1st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in.”   J. Iron Word Mermaids. Complicated, controversial, mysterious, endlessly fascinating creatures…

American Midnight

Title: American Midnight: Tales of the Dark Writer: Various, selected and introduced by Laird Hunt Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: August 25th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’We have been put in the mood for ghosts, that evening.’’                                   The Eyes, Edith Wharton As this year’s summer approaches with remarkable hesitation, a different time for ghost stories begins. Ghost stories…

Μiss Iceland

Title: Miss Iceland (original title: Ungfrú Ísland) Writer:  Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir (translated by Brian FitzGibbon) Publishing House: Grove Atlantic Date of Publication: June 16th 2020  (first published November 2018) Rating: 5 stars ”If I die Leave the balcony open!” Farewell, Federico Garcia Lorca Hekla is a child of the 60s. A young woman full of talent, wit and kindness,…

The Harpy

Title: The Harpy Writer: Megan Hunter Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication: September 17th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”Three. I’d said it out loud, after he did. It made a kind of neat sense, something religious about its structure. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Peter betrayed Jesus three times. A familiar number, for a good Christian girl like…

Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland

Title: Rónán and the Mermaid: A Tale of Old Ireland Writer: Marianne McShane, illustrated by Jordi Solano Publishing House: Candlewick Press Date of Publication: May 19th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ”In the evenings, Brother Declan would sit by the boy’s bed and tell him the old tales while the candle burned low. He told him about selkies, the seal people,…

The Voice In My Ear

Title: The Voice In My Ear Writer: Frances Leviston Publishing House: Random House UK Date of Publication:  March 19th 2020 Rating: 2 stars ”…asking tough questions of schools and other institutions, but you’re not questioning the institution you represent, which is the family, which is mothers and fathers. What role do parents play in a child’s abuse?” Ten stories centered…