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A monster win

In Book Review, Miscellaneous on July 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

There is some fantastic children’s fiction around. If you are looking for a good summer read for your children or even for yourself you cannot go wrong with the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway nominated books.

Monster calls: a novel Book CoverMonster Calls by Patrick Ness

This years winner was praised as a stunning book with haunting text. The monster showed up just after midnight. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild.

Everybody jam Book Cover Every Body Jam by Ali Lewis

Danny lives on a cattle station in the Australian outback, where everyone’s getting ready for the annual muster. But this year everything is different because Danny’s older brother Jonny has died in a farm accident, and his 14-year-old sister is pregnant. Then English backpacker Liz is hired as a house girl.

Can we save the tiger? Book CoverCan We Save The Tiger

A lovely picture book for preschoolers. Tigers are big, beautiful and fierce. But, like many other animals, they are in danger of becoming extinct. With breathtaking illustrations this large-format picture book tells us about the threats to the many endangered species on our planet and the need to prevent their extinction.

My name is Mina Book CoverMy Name is Mina

There’s an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It’s been there for an age. I keep on saying that I’ll write a journal. So I’ll start right here, right now.’ This is the prequel to David Almond’s debut novel ‘Skellig’ which was winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award.

Trash Book CoverTrash by Andy Mulligan

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael’s world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything!

My sister lives on the mantelpiece Book Cover My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece

Narrated by ten-year-old Jamie, this is a novel about the tragedy that tears apart his family after a terrorist attack. As Jamie comes to terms with his loss, he asks questions that he must answer for himself.

Slog's dad Book CoverSlog’s Dad by David Almond

Do you believe there’s life after death? Slog does. He reckons that the scruffy bloke sitting outside the pork shop is his dad who has come back to visit him for one last time. Slog’s mate Davie isn’t convinced – but how does this man know everything Slog’s dad would know?

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