Books in this section are often read and commented on by someone in the age group they are intended for. Obviously books for young children are written about by their parents! The reviews represent their personal opinions only.
In their first book for children, The Kids' Book of Paper Love, authors Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst, the pages overflow with fun and pull-out activities for writing, drawing, folding, crafting, playing and sharing. Reviewed by Anne Coates.
Passing The Torch is a collection of interviews with past and present sportswomen across a variety of disciplines, all sharing with Mary the highs and lows of their careers and the motivation that propels them forward. It is a book to excite and inspire a new generation of girls to take up sport and to experience the many benefits that it can bring including confidence, camaraderie and particularly important to Mary, physical strength. Anne Coates reviews.
Anne Coates reviews Max The Detective Cat – The Catnap Caper by Sarah Todd Taylor and illustrated by Nicola Kinnear.
Help! Why Am I Changing? The Growing-up Guide for Pre-teen Boys and Girls by Susan Akass with input from Dr Frances Butcher, Dr Rosanna Bevan and James Hull, is aimed at children aged nine to 12 who are just entering puberty.
Published by Chicken House, Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton is an engaging murder mystery with a heavy dose of magic. Anne Coates reviews.
Sharna Jackson's High Rise Mystery has all the ingredients for a great crime novel. Only in this instance the two super-sleuths are teenage sisters Nik and Norva who not only find the body on their South London estate but realise that the father, the caretaker of the flats, is the prime suspect. Anne Coates reviews.
Now in its third year the Morecambe & Vice Crime Festival has a fabulous range of panels and speakers. Anne Coates will be talking to Sharna Jackson, Nicki Thornton and Sarah Todd Taylor about writing crime for young adult readers on Saturday 28 September, 2019.
What better way to end the school year than with the latest David Walliams book – The World's Worst Teachers, reviewed by Harriet and Anne Coates
Noel Streatfeild's Holiday Stories make perfect bedtime reading for youngsters, writes Anne Coates.
The paperback edition of Tilly and the Bookwanderers, the first in the Pages & Co series by Anna James has just been published and it is a gem of a book, writes Anne Coates.
The arrival of a David Walliam's book for review is greeted with utter delight by Harriet. It took her a while to read the 422 pages of Bad Dad, illustrated by Tony Ross, but each one was enjoyed to the full.
The second in this engaging series by the talented author/illustrator Sophy Henn, Bad Nana explores All the Fun of the Fair. Review by Anne Coates.