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A Corner of White

I received my copy of this from the publisher.
A Corner of WhiteBy : Jaclyn Moriarty

Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge England, the World. This is a newer life for her and one she is struggling to fit in to. Adapting to this very different lifestyle is complicated by the fact her mother is very sick.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms – The Kingdom of Cello. Elliot is a favourite son on Bonfire, hero of the local ball team and popular with the girls, but he is struggling to come to terms with his father’s disappearance. These two people discover a crack between the worlds and start communicating, a very dangerous thing for Elliot to do.

Things in the Kingdom are very different to things in the world, for in the Kingdom seasons roam at will and bells warn of attacks from different colours. Is there any way these two people from very different places can help each other?

This is a lyrical story, gentle and enthralling. Moriarty has presented a world that we know and given it a touch of  the strange in the form of Madeleine’s past life which seems somehow fantastical. She has paired it with the fantastical realm of Cello, which is very unfamiliar but seems incredibly tangible for all that is fantastical about it. Madeleine and Elliot have stories that tug at you, drawing you in and they are all the more engaging because they aren’t perfect. This story has a delicate touch as it weaves it’s spell around you until the last page.

Recommended and I look forward to reading the next one.

Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 October 2012

Format: Paperback 400 pages

Categories: Friendship, Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9781742611396

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Third Wheel

This book was sent to me as a review copy by the publisher.9780143307334By: Jeff Kinney

Book seven of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Somehow a wrestling/motocross school fundraiser morphs into a Valentine’s Day Dance and all the kids in middle school are now scrambling to find a date. Greg Heffley is having no luck, everything he tries fails miserably. Sure he isn’t the only one without a date but when the other person without a date is Rowley that’s not much consolation. Then something happens and Greg gets a partner for the dance even though Rowley is also tagging along. A lot of things can happen in one night though and love doesn’t always go the way you plan it.

This is probably my favourite of the Wimpy Kid series. Greg feels like a more rounded character this time around even though he is still wimpy, clumsy and somewhat unlucky. There are still plenty of cringe worthy moments, especially involving his mother and I’m sure a lot of kids reach an age where they feel that way about their parents.

This is an easy book to read, continuing the format that has made it so popular with readers – avid and reluctant alike. Mostly though it is entertaining fun. A great addition to the series, injecting something back in that felt lacking from Cabin Fever.

Publisher: Puffin

Published: 14 November 2012

Format: Paperback 228 pages

Categories: Humour, School Stories

ISBN 13: 9780143307334

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

The Magical Life of Mr Penny

9781877467899By: Leo Timmers

Mr Penny loves to paint. In fact he is quite a good artist. His pictures look very life like. no-one wants to buy his paintings though and he is very hungry. One day a man comes along who says he can make Mr Penny’s pictures come to life. Mr Penny can eat and his dreams can now come true, but sometimes that is not the best thing.

A thoughtful and enjoyable story about dreams and abilities and how you use what gifts you are given. If you don’t want to  look deeper then just enjoy the story and the bold and quirky illustrations.

Publisher: Gecko Press

Published: 03 August 2012

Format: Paperback 40 pages

Categories: Creativity, Dreams

ISBN 13: 9781877467899

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

A Hare, A Hound & Shy Mousey Brown

9781921541384By: Julia Hubery & Jonathan Bentley

Mousey Brown is shy. He watches the wonderful Hare as she dances for joy. He wishes he were brave enough to say hello. He watches as she gets close to the Hound, he knows the Hound is mean and tricky and dangerous. Will Shy Mousey Brown get up the courage to save his beloved Hare?

A truly delightful story of difference, courage and how love can conquer any thing. The illustrations are simple, plainly coloured and somehow incredibly expressive. The text, simple, rhyming and captivating.

A great book to share.

Publisher: Little Hare

Published: 01 October 2012

Format: Hardback

Categories: Animal Stories, Courage

ISBN 13: 9781921541384

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

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