Last year 11-year-old Marley Dias launched #1000BlackGirlBooks because she was fed up of reading about “white boys and their dogs”. It’s true that there are a lot of books about plucky young male adventurers and their loyal friends: Shiloh, My Dog Skip, Where the Red Fern Grows, Lassie Come Home, Bridge to Terabithia and (the… Continue reading Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan
Transgender issues are at the forefront of much debate at the moment, with the recent ban on trans people serving in the American military and the question of how access can best be provided to bathroom facilities for trans and non-gender-conforming people with the so-called ‘bathroom bills’ finding significant pushback from voters in America. Meanwhile,… Continue reading Book Review: Some Assembly Required
My sixth and final book in the Reading Ahead Challenge is an old favourite, Sabriel by Garth Nix. Across this challenge I read loads of things I’d never tried before, and finally managed to get through a book I’d been planning to read for years. But Sabriel holds a special place in my heart –… Continue reading Book Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix
More than half way through my Reading Ahead Challenge, I’d already visited an art show in Paris, braved the jungles of Colombia, and been dazzled by visions of the near future. But, like one of the characters in the novel I’ve just finished, I did not expect to enjoy my time on a tiny island in… Continue reading Book Review: Nation
My Reading Ahead Challenge choices so far have at least been set in the real world, but I am also exploring futures that may never be and places that we can’t visit except in fiction, with this anthology of short stories by Cory Doctorow adapted and illustrated as a graphic novel, my third pick for… Continue reading Book Review: Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now
As part of the Reading Ahead Challenge, I’ve been choosing books from our Quick Reads section that whisk me far away to distant places for marvellous adventures. My second book for the challenge is Gold of the Gods, book one of the Mission Survival series, by survival expert Bear Grylls.
Paris for One is my first read in the Reading Ahead Challenge! For more information, check out our blog post here or come and ask in the Information Store.