In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll

Hi everyone, don’t worry, this week’s read is not as dark as last week. You’ll have more contemporary characters mixed with magic and some heartwarming history here. If you, like me, enjoy stories of siblings then this is for you!

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A dark and mysterious fantasy read

Hello everyone, I hope you like mysterious magical creatures along with a dash of darkness and horror. Oh good, then this week is definitely for you!! Gothic horror, dark and dangerous creatures, along with magical beings mix together….I’ve done it again…well… You’ll just have to press below to find out more!!

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A quirky tale of magic and friendship

Hi everyone, I thought I’d kick this month off with a quirky tale of magic and friendship. Sometimes in contemporary reads the magic element lies within a person or around them. In this read, the magic item is a book!! That is all I’m going to leave you with…it’s up to you to decide if this is worth you while or not…

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Fantasy reads this November

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Hi everyone, this November I will be taking you all on a magical journey into the realms of fantasy!! This is actually a genre that is slightly out of my comfort zone but there are some elements that appeal to me. For instance, fairy tales, mythical beasts, wait…I’ve done it again…you’ll just have to press the button to find out more…

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The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Hi there, this last post for the month is a mystery read that had me captivated at every page. It was also one of the few books I had managed to take out from my library before New Zealand went into lockdown in March so I ended up reading it at least three times!! See what you think…

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The Laura Line by Crystal Allen

Hi everyone, this lovely read caught my eye a few years ago and after reading it gave me a yearning to look into my own family history. Sadly, it will take me a little longer to find my own genealogy, but thanks to this book it got me interested in the subject. Hope it gives you the same spark of curiosity as it did me!! Have a read of a truly lovely story…

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Celebrating African American tweens this October

This month I’ve decided to showcase a unique collection of tween novels that celebrate young African American protagonists and their lives! You will find a selection of contemporary stories that sparked my curiosity and wonder this month. To find out more press the button…

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The same stuff as stars by Katherine Paterson

Hi everyone, this next post features a lovely book I found by a happy accident. Acclaimed Newbery medalist Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia had always been a favourite read of mine growing up as a child, so when I saw her name linked to this one, I had to read it. If you’re like me and enjoyed her award-winner of a read, then you’ll love this one too!!

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Six extra stories on kindness

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Hi everyone, this extra post includes six titles that I really enjoyed reading. A few have even awards for their story and writing. For me, the young protagonists here embody all that falls under the umbrella of kindness and compassion. Without sounding too preachy…I would encourage you and your tween to check out the post below and start talking about what kindness means to you…

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The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Hi there, this last blog post is quite a story. I must confess, I had picked this up countless times but just didn’t have time before, but when it caught my attention on an online list, I decided to give it a go. And let me tell you now, it didn’t disappoint me!! I found myself captivated, mesmerised, fascinated, moved….you get the idea!! Anyway, if you haven’t read it yet I hope my review of it below will!! 

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