What I’m reading


‘She had never felt less afraid. Perhaps, she thought, that’s what love does. It’s not there to make you feel special. It’s to make you brave. It was like a ration pack in the desert, she thought, like a box of matches in a dark wood. Love and courage, thought Sophie: two words for the same thing. You didn’t need the person to be there with you, even, perhaps. Just alive, somewhere. It was what her mother had always been. A place to put down her heart. A resting stop to recover her breath. A set of stars and maps.’

Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell

The Fox and the Star

IMG_1326The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith is a beguiling, enchanting fable of Fox and his only friend, Star.

Star is always there to light the path through the tangled thorny forest for Fox, but one night, Star simply vanishes and Fox is all alone and afraid in the dark night.

The writing is deceptively simple yet poetic and the patterned illustrations are gorgeous. Together they make a magical read.

As soon as I held this wonderful clothbound book, I had to have it  (the dangers of being a bibliophile). If you find a copy, treat yourself to it. The Fox and the Star is a book to treasure.

Have you read it yet? What did you think of it?

Fox called out to the forest, to the trees and the leaves, to the beetles and the rabbits, to the tangle of thorns and the life he had left behind: ‘Where did Star go?’

The Fox and the Star, Coralie Bickford-Smith



Susie Dinneen Middle Grade books - Skellig.jpg

Susie Dinneen Middle Grade books - Skellig.jpgWhen Michael first finds Skellig lying in the about-to-fall-down garage at the bottom of his garden, the frail creature is wearing a black suit and is covered in spiderwebs and dead bluebottles and beetles, with only Arthur Itis to keep him company.

Michael brings Skellig Chinese takeaways and brown ale (“sweetest of nectars” Skellig calls them) even though has no idea who, or even what Skellig is. But he’s sure that something very unusual is tucked under Skellig’s dusty jacket.

This is a magical story about learning how to dance and fly, even when life is cruel. It’s about the power of the imagination and dreams. And it’s about friendship and love.

Have you read Skellig? What did you think of it?

Skellig is David Almond’s first book, and the winner of the 1998 Carnegie Medal.