It ain’t so awful, falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Hi everyone, welcome to the first review post for this merry month of March. As far as covers go I hope you agree with me that this children’s book cover sits up there as a bit of a quirky one. The story itself is one that takes the reader by surprise. Are you ready for it?? Well, what are you waiting for, go ahead…

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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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Seven Stories of Iconic African American Women

Hi everyone, this extra post this week is about seven iconic African American women. I hadn’t realised just how powerful and courageous the words and actions of these women were until I  read their stories. These seven that I chose are just some of the many amazing stories that are out there!! Read on to find out which seven I chose…

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Six extra stories on kindness

banner shaoed image. middle large image of five children in silhouette holding hands with orange sun behind them. top three images parts of book covers. top left part of roof and Because of You in white. top middle kids walking with dog in woods. top right blue sky and mockingbird in black. bottom left part of image of girl with arms outstretched. bottom middle white writing Stella by Starlight dark blue starry sky. bottom right bowl with orange goldfish and The Fourteenth Goldfish cramped under it.

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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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Hi everyone, this week’s post is actually a Newbery Honor medalist!! When I first read it, and promptly completed reading, I thought it would win something and I was right!! Set in the shadows of both World Wars in Pennsylvania, this read takes the reader on an emotional journey and well…why don’t you just read the rest to find out…

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The power of harmony by Jan L. Coates

Hi everyone, welcome to my first post for this new month. In this read I’ll be asking you to delve into the not-so-distant past and travel to a region of this world that I would like to travel to someday: Canada. I had read this title a few years ago but the message it gave out still remains in my heart. Check out the post below if this interests you…

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Six stories of New Zealand’s past to enjoy

Hello all, I hope you enjoyed this week’s review on a period of New Zealand’s recent history. I thought I’d share with you all how I learned about my adopted country’s rich and colourful past. This post is slightly differently laid out and will have a little bit of personal things along with a short review of some of the My New Zealand stories I’ve read. So if you’re a history buff, have a wander down this post…

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My brigadista year by Katherine Paterson

Hi everyone, this week I’m reviewing a book that kept me engrossed from start to finish. This title is similar to the previous one in that it’s based on actual events that transpired in the previous century, but in another part of the world. So if this has piqued your interest, settle down for a read…

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Dear diary… it’s June now

Hi there, it’s the beginning of June! I hope everyone has slumbered out of lockdown alright. Down here in New Zealand we’ve just come out of our lockdown period and easing back into ‘normal’ life. With all the changes that have taken place, both outside of my world as the seasons shift and inside myself, I wanted to change up my selections for this month. This month you will find all the reads told in the style of diary entries.

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