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Book review: “Maresi” by Maria Turtschaninoff.

A gripping, timeless YA fantasy. A breathtakingly fresh celebration of womanhood.   Really there’s only one thing I need to say in this review, and that is: READ MARESI! Read it now, and pass it on. Tell the whole world about this book! Before I say any more, here’s Maria Turtschaninoff revealing the inspiration that […]

The Inside Story with ‘Gaslight’ author Eloise Williams.

Hello! Today I’m delighted to welcome author Eloise Williams to my hellopipski blog, and for her to tell us all about her book Gaslight, which is a rip-roaring Victorian adventure story, filled with shady characters, shocking twists and a fantastically satisfying ending. Here’s a taster! I loved the story’s main character, Nansi, and how story is […]

The Inside Story with Melissa Savage, author of Bigfoot, Tobin and Me.

  Hello! We all know the saying ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade‘. Right? Well, the brand new debut,  Bigfoot, Tobin & Me, by US author Melissa Savage is a heartwarming and life affirming story for readers aged 9+, boasting a main character called Lemonade! Following the death of her mother, Lemonade moves to Willow Creek to be […]

The Inside Story with Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy.

It’s a pleasure today to welcome author Lisa Thompson to find out about her Middle Grade book The Goldfish Boy (which has fabulous illustrations from Mike Lowery, by the way), and to hear about her personal writing process. Hi Lisa! Tell us about The Goldfish Boy! The Goldfish Boy is about a 12 year old boy […]

A Review of Lisa Thompson’s ‘The Goldfish Boy’.

Scholastic says: How do you solve a crime when you can hardly even go outside? A witty and heartfelt mystery starring a hero with severe OCD. When you spend most of your day trapped in your bedroom, staring out of the window, you don’t get to experience all that much. Kept prisoner by crippling OCD, […]

A Review of Jennifer Killick’s ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’.

The Publisher says: Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess, who can communicate with animals, they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all. Alex Sparrow is a funny, mid-grade […]

The Inside Story with author Jennifer Killick.

Hello! Today I’m really excited to welcome debut author Jennifer Killick to my blog! I’ve been reading Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink, which is so funny: it’s made me chuckle and laugh out loud all the way through. Plus, it’s full of all the vital Middle Grade ingredients for a lively read, so […]

The Inside Story with author Sharon Marie Jones.

Hello and welcome to my guest, author Sharon Marie Jones, who has been kind enough to share with us her magical experiences as a debut author! Hi Sharon. Tell us about your book Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners It all begins when a black cat ambles into Number 32, Ty Mynydd Close, the home of the Bevin […]

A Review of Julia Donaldson’s and Helen Oxenbury’s ‘The Giant Jumperee’.

Blurb from Penguin Random House ABOUT THE GIANT JUMPEREE Two of the world’s most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a […]

A review of ‘Who Let the Gods Out’ by Maz Evans

The synopsis from Chicken House: About the book Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, […]