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Book of the week
Erika McGann wastes no time in plunging her readers into action-packed, magical adventure in The Watching Wood.
John Agard’s brilliant little book begins, ‘My name is book and this is the story of my life…’; and for the next 140 odd pages, Agard, in this eloquent disguise, holds us spellbound as he takes us from stories round the campfire and cave paintings to the e-book.
‘It can be a string of shells, or a bundle of special cloth. Nowadays it’s likely to be a row of ones and noughts in a computer somewhere’.This most engrossing and original book asks the question : why, when human beings managed without it for a very long time, was there a need to invent money?
(Piccadilly Press Ltd)
Trust Games is the fifth book by Simon Packham, set in the fictional St Thomas’s Community College. Packham is an extremely good writer who covers tricky subjects with a great lightness of touch.
(Chicken House Ltd)
Lucky is the first published work by Chris Hill and it augurs well for her future as a writer for young children. This follows on the tradition of many other animal based stories but its setting in a park allows for a mix of the wild and the tame; emphasizing how animals have adapted to their environment over the years. It is so good to find such well written books being produced for the newly confident readers.