Set during the Second World War, The Enigma Game takes place near an RAF base in Scotland, in a local inn. The airman leave silver sixpences in the cracks in the wooden mantlepiece and use the money for a pint of beer on their safe return. Continue reading “Book Review: The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein”
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.
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.
Full steam ahead for a fast paced adventure.
The Highland Falcon, Britain’s famous steam train, is set to depart for one last journey around England and Scotland, calling at Balmoral to collect a Prince and Princess and returning to Paddington. Harrison Beck’s Uncle Nat loves steam trains, writes books and articles about travel and trains and he has a ticket for this wonderful trip. Harrison’s mum is expecting a baby any minute now so she sends Harrison off on the train with his uncle. Four days on a train! thinks Harrison, there are no other children and it will be boring.
So begins a fast speed journey, with a motley selection of guests on board.
Bits of jewellery begin to go missing and Harrison, as the only child on board gets the blame. Determined to find out the truth, Harrison begins his own investigation, and gets help from an unexpected quarter. Continue reading “Book Review: Adventures on Trains: The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman. Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli”
100 years ago, in 1920, the Story of Doctor Dolittle was first published. The world was introduced to a Doctor who although he treated people, preferred animals even more. After all his human patients had deserted him, put off by his growing menagerie of animals, he starts to run out of money. His parrot, Polynesia, teaches him the language of birds and then other animal languages. Continue reading “Book Review: The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting”