Book covers for March

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Why you should judge a book by it’s cover

Hi everybody, this month has a ‘bookish’ theme to it. I aim to delve into the topic of book covers. I know, it doesn’t sound quite ‘literary’ to hardcore bibliophiles, but I’m sure you wonder if my choice of reads are dependent on their covers. You might be right, or…maybe you should read ahead to find out my reasoning…

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Into the hurricane by Neil Connelly

Hi everyone, this week’s post, as the title suggests, tells the tale of how two teenagers survive a hurricane. This is a book that covers quite a number of dark themes and I would suggest parents and teachers read it first before allowing your teenager. Despite this tiny disclaimer, this is one of those stories that will keep you well awake into the early hours of the morning…

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Survival is the key for February

Hi everyone, here we are heralding the second month of a new year already. I hope all of you over in the northern half of the world haven’t been too cold and are holding up. Down here in New Zealand, if we didn’t have hot, dry days, then it was bucketing down with humid downpours!! This month I decided to select a theme for the review posts and as you can see above, I selected the broad and vast, “survival.”

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If only by Adele Broadbent

Hi everyone, this week’s post is a read intended for teenagers; specifically those from New Zealand. However, if you have a tween or teen reader who’s interested in conservation and the welfare of marine animals, then this is a perfect read for them. Why not see if it’s a contender for their TBR lists…

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Welcome to 2021

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Hi everyone, welcome to 2021!! I hope the holidays treated you and your family well! My family and I managed to spend some quality time exploring our little corner of the world and spent a somewhat quiet New Year! This year I have decided to give my blog a bit of a change in style. Instead of just book reviews I intend on adding a few extra personal touches here and there. To find out more, press the button below…

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Libraries, censorship, and tweens

Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed the series from last week!! This week I’ll be covering an important issue that I face on most days at work: book censorship. This is quite a complex and diverse topic, but I believe it’s one that our younger readers will continue to face. I have selected a short list of titles that I believe can illustrate this issue. Please, parents and teachers, have a read about this with your young adult and talk together about what you both think about this.

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December is for libraries and all things literary

Hello and welcome all to the last month of 2020!! We actually made it! Hands up if you still feel you’re in July! Everyone at my work is lamenting the fact that we didn’t feel the time passing us by but we just had to look around at all that we had accomplished to realise the year is actually coming to an end. I know you’re wondering what exactly does that title mean up there….

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Inspiration for introverts

Hi everyone, as the title suggests this is truly an inspirational read for introverts. If you have a tween or teen that is quiet and you think is an introvert, this is the read for you. Acclaimed author Susan Cain has produced a masterpiece in this version for younger readers and I hope it can find the same inspiration for you…

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Welcome to September

Hello everyone and welcome to the month of September!! The spring thaw is slowly melting the cold days down into warmer ones here in Auckland. Along with changes in the weather, the selections for my blog are in a state of transition. To find out more, press the button below…

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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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