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Review of ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright’ by Christopher Edge. Reviewed by Pippa Wilson

£6.99 Nosy Crow Check out the link: you can read the first chapter! Cover artwork and chapter openers: Matt Saunders  Interior illustrations: Spike Gerrell The synopsis from Nosy Crow: When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should wonder where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something […]

A review of ‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge

Cover design by James Fraser Pan MacMillan £6.99 Winner of the Costa Book Award 2015. See Frances Hardinge’s acceptance speech here! Synopsis from the Pan MacMillan website: The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric novel by Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night. Faith’s father has been found dead under […]

Review of Steve Cole’s “Stop those Monsters” by Pippa Wilson

    Simon and Schuster £6.99 Text by Steve Cole. Illustrations by Jim Field. Good Reads Synopsis: The Wizard of Oz meets Monsters Inc in this MONSTROUSLY funny stand-alone story from bestselling author phenomenon, Steve Cole. I’m Bob, a human boy stuck in a land of MONSTERS. I’m trying to get out with the help […]

Review of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid “Old School” by Pippa Wilson

Puffin books £12.99 Hardback (Just seen it on Amazon for £4) Synopsis from http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book10/: Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension […]

The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson. Review by Pippa Wilson.

  Synopsis from the Usborne website: Becket Rumsey is all at sea. His dad has run away with him and his brother Billy in the middle of the night. And they’ve left everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket has no idea what’s going on – it’s a mystery. So with the help of Billy […]

David Walliams’ “Grandpa’s Great Escape”. Review by Pippa Wilson

Synopsis from Good Reads: Grandpa lives in a Maximum Security Twilight Zone, and his Grandson attempts to set him free. Jack’s Grandpa… wears his slippers to the supermarket serves up tinned tongue for dinner and often doesn’t remember Jack’s name But he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the […]

Review of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Good Reads tells us: It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person […]

What I wish I’d known about writing when I was teaching full-time by Pippa Wilson

Reading Stephen King’s “On Writing” this week has had a profound effect on the way I see myself as a writer. The intimate and frank description of his approach to writing (and the inciting events in his life that lead to the development of his style of writing) have made me reflect a lot. It’s […]

Review of Julian Clary’s book “The Bolds” by Pippa Wilson

Synopsis from the Andersen Press website http://www.andersenpress.co.uk/books/view/1783443057 Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me: they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christmas cracker jokes) and they love to have a bit of a giggle. One slight difference: they’re hyenas. Yes, that’s right – they’re covered in […]

Why I’m Going Back to the Classics…for a while anyway!

Hi! Over the past two years I’ve spent oodles of time  trying to read as many new books as possible, and review my favourites, mainly  to help me remember the details! As a slushpile writer on a mission to Get Somewhere, I’ve been very conscious of what agents and publishers are currently looking for. I’ve […]