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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Raven’s mountain by Wendy Orr

Hi everyone, this first week’s post is about a young girl and her ordeal atop a high mountain. You’d be amazed but I’ve never been higher than the Sky tower in Auckland, so reading this gave me quite an experience. If you are an experienced climber or someone who enjoys the great outdoors, then this is the perfect read for you. If not, then make this the book to start you off today. Well…what are you waiting for…go ahead…press the button

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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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Circa now by Amber McRee Turner

Hi everyone, this week’s post is a review of a quirky and moving book I found some time ago. The edition I read had a different cover but the story still lingers in my memories. I hope you enjoy this read and getting to know young Circa and her family…

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Welcome to 2021

image of open book upon a wooden shelf or ledge. brownish pages splayed open.

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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A trio of libraries

Hi everyone, I hope last week’s post was able to start an honest conversation with your young adult or tween on their choices of reads. This week’s post celebrates libraries of all sizes and shapes, and the young readers who enjoy all that a library offers them. I hope some of my readers find a version of themselves in the pages of these books as I did!!

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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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Adventure reads for bibliophiles

Hi everyone, this first post features an adventure series like no other!! If you have a young bibliophile at home who does nothing but read all day, get them to check out this series!! Filled with puzzles, mystery, adventure, libraries, literature,…oops…too much already!! Just give it whirl, see if they like it!!

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