Book review – Chris Priestley – Maudlin Towers Curse of the Werewolf Boy

Mildew and Sponge attend Maudlin Towers School for the Not Particularly Bright Sons of the Not Especially Wealthy. They hate school and thd horrible teachers and are desperate for some excitement. This comes in the form of the Missing School Spoon and the threat of Christmas being cancelled. The boys become detectives and also uncover ghosts, time travel and other adventures.

Illustrated with Chris Priestley’s own line drawings, Maudlin Towers is a great tale for 8 years plus and the first in a series.

Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

May 2018 news, updates and new series added.

News

Out now – new editions of the Chalet School series by Elinor Brent – Dyer published by a small publishing house in Somerset, Girls Gone By.

Pamela Brown – Blue Door Theatre – The Swish of the Curtain being reissued.

New Series:
A.F. Harrold – Greta Zargo
Jacqueline Wilson – World of Hetty Feather
Liane Moriarty – Nicola Berry
Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler – Defender of the Realm
Mike Lupica – Zach and Zoe Mysteries
Nigel Auchterlounie – Epic Beano Adventure
Sally  Green – Smoke Thieves

Updates:

A.F. Harrold – Fizzlebert Stump 4, 5 & 6

Andy Griffths – Treehouse Series – 8

David Walliams – World’s Worst Children – 3

Derek Landy – Skulduggery Pleasant -11

James Patterson – I Funny 5 & 6

Jeanne Birdsall – Penderwicks – 5

Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid – 13

Jessica Cluess – Kingdom on Fire – 2 & 3

Sarah Maas – Court of Thorns & Roses – 4

 

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Book review – Cecile Aubry – Belle and Sebastien, Child of the Mountains

A new adaptation of an old favourite,  Belle and Sebastien has been translated from the French by Gregory Norminton and given stylish line drawings by Helen Stephens . Originally written in 1965 and adapted for television, this is a classic tale of friendship.

An orphaned boy, bullied in the village below where he lives with his adopted family, and Belle,  a beautiful white Pyrenean Mountain dog, born on the same day. When Belle and Sebastien meet they form a loyal and lifelong friendship and have many adventures in the mountains.  But the villagers are not happy. Gossip surrounds Belle and she is reported to be a wild beast living in the mountains and there are orders to shoot her on sight. Can Sebastien protect his best friend or will it be the other way round?

Well done to Alba Books for reissuing this title and providing the glossary at the end.

Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.