Book Review – Fig Swims the World by Lou Abercrombie

Fig Swims the World (Paperback)
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Fig is clever, she lives at home with a younger brother, Mum and Dad. But she is bullied at school, pushed to do more study at home by her mother and is generally fed up. She is 15 and wants more. Her mother has come up with a New Year’s resolution for Fig, acting classes with the local drama club. But for someone like Fig, awful. Fig’s New Year’s resolution was a bit different, she is going to swim the world. 19 fresh or salt water races in 6 continents, over the space of a year. Slight problem – she can’t swim. But as her very protective, pushy mother says resolutions should not be broken.
So begins an adventure into the unknown, the making of lasting friendships, a growing confidence in herself, that she could achieve something that her mother had no control over, and having the strength to stand up for herself.
In this age of mobile technology and social media, Fig finds the strength to turn off her phone and enjoy the journey.
This is a debut novel and I loved it.
I was given this e-book via net galley and Little Tiger Press for a frank and honest review.

New Series and Updates added March 2020

Hi as we are all stuck at home, here’s something to cheer you up. I’ve added lots of new children’s and YA series to the website over the last few weeks. If you click on the series title it will take you to the right page on the website.
Don’t forget, if you click on the Amazon, Waterstones or Hive links and buy absolutely anything we get a tiny ercentage as a referral fee. it doesn’t cost you anything extra and it makes just enough to pay the server. Thank you

New from Michelle Paver , after a very long wait is no.7 of Chronicles of Ancient Darkness,  out on April 2nd 2020

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Also available for pre-order is the 2nd Adventures on Trains story by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman. Not out until September. Don’t forget to read the first story, The Highland Falcon Thief. There is a review on this blog.

New Series
Alesha Dixon – Star Switch
Andrew Peterson – Wingfeather Saga
Anna Fargher – Umbrella Mouse
Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder – Midnight Hour
Cassandra Clare – The Last Hours
Dashe Roberts – Sticky Pines
Emma Read – Milton 
Gwyneth Rees – Super Cats
Harriet Muncaster – Mirabelle

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Hilary Robinson – Jasper
Jamie Littler – Frostheart
Lissa Evans – Stuart

Roopa Farooki – Double Detectives Medical Mystery
Sarah J Maas – Crescent City
Serena Patel – Anisha, accidental detective
Sophie Kinsella – Mummy Fairy and Me
Stacy Plays – Wild Rescuers


Aaron Blabey – Bad Guys – 9 – 11
Abi Elpinstone – Unmapped Chronicles – 2
Ade Adepitan – Cyborg Cat – 3
Ben Fogle – Mr Dog – 4
Dominique Valente – Starfell – 2
Erin Hunter – Warriors: Broken Code – 3

Clifftoppers: The Thorn Island Adventure - Clifftoppers (Paperback)
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Fleur Hitchcock – Clifftoppers – 3
Greg James – Kid Normal – 4
Guy Bass – Skeleton Keys – 2
Harriet Muncaster – Isadora Moon – 11-13
Jessica Townsend – Nevermoor – 3
Kamilla Benko – Unicorn Quest – 3
Kes Gray – Daisy – 13 & 14
Liz Kessler – Emily Windsnap – 9
Liz Pichon – Tom Gates – 18
M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman – Adventures on Trains -2 (Out Sept 2020)
Michelle Paver – Chronicles of Ancient Darkness – 7
Pamela Butchart – Wigglesbottom Primary – 6
Pip Bird – Naughtiest Unicorn – 5
Soman Chainani – School for Good and Evil – 6
Thomas Taylor – Legends of Eerie-on-Sea

Book Review: The Unstoppable Letty Pegg by Iszi Lawrence

The Unstoppable Letty Pegg, Paperback / softback Book
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It is 1910 and the fight for votes for women is gathering momentum, with weekly protests and meetings.

Letty Pegg lives at home with her middle class mother who is very involved in the suffragette movement, and her working class, hardworking  father who is a policeman. She also has to cope with a very fastidious and Edwardian Grandmother.

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World Book Day


 World Book Day!

It’s World Book Day – March 5th 2020.Looking for ideas to celebrate books and reading? Check the World Book Day website for lots of resources.

There’s now a basic guide on YouTube showing you all the different ways to search for the books you’re looking for. Here the link:

How to use the Children’s Book Sequels website.

Many of the authors who wrote the £1 World Book Day titles this year have series on  To find out more click on the author and series links below and get some ideas for spending your book voucher.

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