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Book of the week
Teenage pregnancy is always compelling YA subject matter and there are a number of fine novels on the theme; very few however have the intensity of Dianne Touchell’s book.
Vlogging is fast becoming one of the most popular interests on the internet. Millions of teens tune in to watch beauty vloggers and what they have to say. Two of the huge stars in this industry have recently brought out books on beauty.
A huge amount of research must have gone into this novel, but it is lightly worn. The breath-taking landscape of Ethiopia and the richness of its history and culture is wonderfully evoked. Not all the research came from books. Elizabeth Wein knows Ethiopia well. She is herself a pilot, and has even stood out on the wings of a flying plane, like the White Raven, herself. Few researchers are prepared to go so far.
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
The third in a series of Great Big Books, following on from The Great Big Book of Families and The Great Big Book of Feelings, this new title tackles the equally important issue of conservation.