Open Water

Title: Open Water Writer: Caleb Azumah Nelson Publishing House: Grove Press Date of Publication: April 13th 2021 (first published February 4th 2021) Rating: 5 stars ‘’You came here to speak of shame and its relation to desire. There should be no shame in openly saying, I want this. There should be no shame in not knowing…

In the Dark

Title: In The Dark Writer: Lisa Deresti Betik, illustrated by Josh Holinaty Publishing House:Kids Can Press Date of Publication: September 1st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’In the evenings, as the sky grows dark, living creatures of all different shapes and sizes prepare themselves for sleep. You might enjoy a bedtime snack, put on a favourite…

Thames Mudlarking

Title: Thames Mudlarking Writer: Jason Sandy, Nick Stevens Publishing House: Osprey Publishing Date of Publication:  April 20th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Without the River Thames, London would not exist.’’ Mudlarking and London’s past and present. There is an unbreakable bond between the great metropolis and the mudlarkers who bring the treasures of bygone eras to…

Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey of His Life

Title: Hans Christian Andersen: The Journey of His Life Writer: Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Maja Kastelic Publishing House: NorthSouth Books Date of Publication: September 1st 2020 Rating: 5 stars “The most wonderful fairytale is life itself. “ Hans Christian Andersen  A little girl travels with her lither to Copenhagen. It is going to be a…

The Hatmakers

Title: The Hatmakers Writer: Tamzin Merchant, illustrated by Paola Escobar Publishing House: Norton Young Readers Date of Publication: January 7th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was a wild and lightning-struck night. The kind of night that changes everything. Jagged forks of light ripped across the sky and thunder rolled in tidal waves over the rooftops…

12 Days of Christmas

Title: 12 Days of Christmas Writer: Illustrated by Lara Hawthorne Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: October 6th 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’And a partridge in a pear tree.’’ 1995. I was ten years old when our English teacher brought us an all-new song for Christmas.  ‘Forget Jingle Bells and Silent Night,…

The Betrayals

Title: The Betrayals Writer: Bridget Collins Publishing House: William Morrow Date of Publication: November 12th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Tonight the moonlight makes the floor of the Great Hall into a game board. Every high window casts a bright lattice, dividing the hall into black and white, squares and margins. The ranks of wooden benches…

Redder Days

Title: Redder Days Writer: Sue Rainsford Publishing House: Doubleday Date of Publication:March 11th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’In short, there was nothing to do but accept it. Let our fears and beliefs settle around it.       Red wind, red sun, red hurricane.      That’s when we start running.     But block your ears and stuff your mouth,    When…

The Shortest Day

Title: The Shortest Day Writer: Colm Tóibín Publishing House: Amazon Original Stories Date of Publication: November 3rd 2020  Rating: 5 stars ‘’Thus, it was the strangeness of the night sky and the seasons that they loved and missed, the strangeness of fire and water, the strangeness they noted in each other.’’ It is Christmas and…

Fifty Words For Snow

Title: Fifty Words For Snow Writer: Nancy Campbell Publishing House: Elliott & Thompson Date of Publication: November 5th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, further afterwards, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was…

Louise Bourgeois (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Louise Bourgeiois (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: October 6th 2020 Rating: 5 stars  ‘To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.’ You are born on a beautiful, snowy Christmas day. You…

The Book of Selkie

Title: The Book of Selkie Writer: Written and illustrated by Briana Corr Scott Publishing House: Nimbus Publishing Ltd. Date of Publication: May 31st 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Οh, to be a selkie, And live between two worlds Half your days spent as a seal, And the other half, a girl….’’ For me, the myth of…

Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

Τitle:Hag Forgotten Folktales Retold Writer: Various curated by Professor Carolyne Larrington Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication:  October 8th 2020 by Virago Rating: 5 stars ‘’Human existence so often calls for exploration through the imagination, through metaphors, images, narratives that give shape to emotions and conditions, to our sense of being and our struggles to…

Miracle On Cherry Hill

Title: Miracle On Cherry Hill (original title: 뒤뜰에 골칫거리가 산다) Writer: Sun – mi Hwang (translated by Chi-Young Kim) Publishing House: Abacus Date of Publication: July 4th 2019 (first published 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It rained for two days straight. The trees howled in the back garden and angry rain lashed against the windows. Kand…

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…