Just Another Little Lie by Eve Ainsworth

This award willing author has written another affecting novella aimed at a teenage audience that is just as compelling as ‘Because of You’  – a book  we also reviewed on this site . Growing up in the shadow of...

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky

It is impossible these days to listen to National Public Radio, watch CNN or MSCNBC,  and not to realize that The United States is in a period of potentially huge changes in society, politics and it’s...

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

The multi-award winning author is described on the book jacket as ‘a novelist, feminist and philanthropist’ who has so far written twenty- six  best selling books that have been translated into more than forty...

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Just Another Little Lie by Eve Ainsworth

This award willing author has written another affecting novella aimed at a teenage audience that is just as compelling as ‘Because of You’  – a book  we also reviewed on this site . Growing up in the shadow of alcohol addiction is an experience that...

The Street by Ann Petry

Ann Petry (real name Ann Lane) wasn’t an author I’d ever heard of until I read Tayari Jones’ reflections on her and her most successful novel, The Street, in the December 2019 article for The Guardian entitled ‘The Street: the 1940s African...

Up and Down Mum

Parents can be so embarrassing when they behave in unusual ways – I think that most children want them to be conventional and unobtrusive. The Mum in this story is definitely not one to shrink back because, although she is fiercely loved by her...

That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu

In its review of Derek Owusu’s ‘That Reminds Me’, The Guardian refers to this as ‘the first novel to be published by Stormzy’s publishing imprint, Merky Books’. This description of the book as a ‘novel’ might actually give you the completely wrong...

Rise Up! The Art of Protest by Jo Rippon

Author Jo Rippon has worked in with Amnesty International to develop a book, ostensibly for a teen market, that introduces its readers to the idea of protest and social movements for justice. However, I would like to say that this is very definitely...

Tin Boy by Steve Cole

Steve Cole’s new book for Barrington Stoke, Tin Boy, is brave, committed and necessary. It’s a story of poverty, corporate exploitation, child labour, survival and the hope of a better future. Set in Indonesia, it features Tono and his family who...

It’s A No-Money Day by Kate Milner

Wow. This book has completely floored me. It’s an emotional, sensitive, heart-rending but, in its own way, beautiful book. Of course, it’s always difficult to use a word like ‘beautiful’ about a book that is about the grinding, terrible nature of...