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...

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...

Boundless Sky by Amanda Addison & Manuela Adreani

  Author-artist Amanda Addison has teamed-up with Italian illustrator, Manuela Adreani to create a beautiful and lyrical tale of migration. It’s always astonished me that tiny birds spend so much of their...

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...

A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

First published in 1896, A Child of the Jago is arguably the most significant novel from a school of writing that’s often referred to as ‘slum literature’. Morrison was a journalist and writer who himself came from a working class background and who...

How Change Happens by Duncan Green

Between a rock star and a hard place, learn to dance with complexity. Sorry Sir Bob, but development rarely has a straight forward problem, solution and villain. This mantra runs through Duncan Greene’s excellent new book “How Change Happens”...