“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley
When Charlie’s longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie’s world is turned upside down. Upset and afraid, Charlie flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town where he finds a boy floating face-down in the stream, injured, but alive. However, when Charlie sets off to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed becoming as strange and wild as the boy dressed in deerskins. For Charlie has unwittingly fled into the Stone Age. The Stone Age boy, Harby, is desperate to find his baby sister Mothga, so the boys set out together to find what they have lost – their courage, their hope, their family and their way home.
A well told tale, with engaging characters and many thought provoking messages. Paperback, Bloomsbury, £6.99
The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler
This is a wonderful, fast paced, spooky Victorian adventure where three children from different backgrounds have to work together to save their lives from the manipulative and miserly Madame Pinchbeck. At the start of the book, hungry orphan Leander meets the mysterious Madame Pinchbeck, who offers him food, board and lodgings and then joins Charlotte and Felix, two other children Madame Pinchbeck “looks after”. The story is told from the three children’s alternate points of view. It is really well written, full of atmosphere and exciting from start to finish. Paperback, Simon & Schuster, £6.99
For age 9 upwards.
The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski
When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right suitcase.
Flick is thrilled to be invited to join Strangeworlds’ magical travel society , but soon discovers something isn’t right in the middle of the magical multiverse, where buildings and even streets are mysteriously disappearing. Once Flick realizes what’s happening, she must race against time, travelling through unchartered worlds, seeking a way to fix things before all the worlds, including her own, vanish completely.
A magical adventure for readers aged 9+, the first in a series from Nottinghamshire author L.D. Lapinski. Paperback, £6.99 Buy now from www.nottinghambooks.co.uk
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