• Reviews

    Review: The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery

    The Last Paper CraneThe Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery
    Genre: Young Adult | Historical
    Published by: Hot Key Books
    Pages: 304
    Release date: 04/04/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: 1945, Hiroshima: Ichiro is a teenage boy relaxing at home with his friend Hiro. Moments later there is a blinding flash as the horrific nuclear bomb is dropped. With great bravery the two boys find Hiro’s five year-old sister Keiko in the devastated and blasted landscape. With Hiro succumbing to his wounds, Ichiro is now the only one who can take care of Keiko. But in the chaos Ichiro loses her when he sets off to find help.

    Seventy years later, the loss of Keiko and his broken promise to his dying friend are haunting the old man’s fading years. Mizuki, his grandaughter, is determined to help him. As the Japanese legend goes, if you have the patience to fold 1,000 paper cranes, you will find your heart’s desire; and it turns out her grandfather has only one more origami crane to fold…

    Narrated in a compelling mix of straight narrative, free verse and haiku poems, this is a haunting and powerful novel of courage and survival, with full-page illustrations by Natsko Seki.

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  • Blog Tour

    Blog Tour: The White Phoenix by Catherine Randall (Guest Post)

    Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for The White Phoenix by Catherine Randall and I am bringing you a guest post from Catherine about why she wrote the book and why it is important to her. Enjoy!

    The White Phoenix by Catherine Randall
    Genre: Historical MG
    Published by: Book Guild Publishing
    Pages: 200
    Release date: 28/08/2020
    Where to find: Goodreads | Amazon
    Summary: London, 1666. After the sudden death of her father, thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hopper and her mother must take over THE WHITE PHOENIX – the family bookshop in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. But England is at war with France and dire prophecies abound. As rumours of invasion and plague spread, Lizzie battles prejudice, blackmail and mob violence to protect the bookshop she loves. When the Great Fire of London breaks out, Lizzie must rescue more than just the bookshop. Can she now save the friend she wasn’t supposed to have? CAN THE WHITE PHOENIX RISE FROM THE ASHES?

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  • Blog Tour,  Reviews

    Blog Tour Review: The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

    The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein
    Genre: Historical
    Published by: Bloomsbury
    Pages: 424
    Release date: 14/05/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: Windyedge Airfield, Scotland. World War II. Louisa Adair, newly orphaned and shunned for her mixed-race heritage, has come here to the edge of the world to look after an old lady with a dark past. Jamie Beaufort-Stuart is a flight lieutenant whose squadron is posted to the airfield over winter. Ellen McEwan is a young woman held hostage by the German pilot who lands at Windyedge one wild stormy night carrying a terrible secret.
    Three young people desperate to make a difference in a war that has decimated their families, friends and country. When the means to change the course of history falls into their hands, how will they use it? And when the enemy comes looking for them, who will have the courage to strike back?
    A thrilling story of wartime secrets, international intrigue and wild courage from the award-winning
    author of Code Name Verity, with three young heroes you’ll never forget.


  • Reviews

    Review: The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

    The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling
    Genre: Middle Grade | Historical | Mystery
    Published by: Little Tiger
    Pages: 288
    Release date: 02/04/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: Zinnie and her sisters live in the murky tunnels beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town. They keep out of the way of the authorities and remain undetected. Until, that is, rumours of a ghost bring unwanted visitors into the caverns they call home. Among them, a young Arthur Conan Doyle, keen to investigate, and MacDuff, the shady owner of Edinburgh’s newest attraction, the House of Wonders.

    Caught up in a world of intrigue and adventure, Zinnie seeks answers. But how can she discover what secrets lie in the House of Wonders while also protecting the sisters she holds so dear?