Rob reviews the comically dark Don’t Point That Thing at Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli. More »
Rob reviews the comically dark Don’t Point That Thing at Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli.
As the month draws to a close, catch up on January’s Hear… Read This!
Holly Black’s latest book, The Darkest Part of the Forest, is out very soon from Indigo and I for one am really looking forward to it. It’s full of the dark magic we’ve come to expect – I just *wish* it was out now! In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about some of my other #bookishWISHES, and, like the fairy godmothers they are, Indigo are providing a copy of The Darkest Part of the Forest for us to give away to someone else with a fantastic bookish wish.
Rob takes a look at the latest entry in the Young Bond series.
This week Rob and Kate take a look at unlikeable characters.
Two boys. Two secrets.
David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.
On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.
When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…
The Art of Being Normal is Lisa Williamson’s debut novel. She chats to Kate at Waterstones Hampstead, just before her publication party, discussing what the book is about, her writing processes, the importance of diverse books for young people and what she’s writing next.
Eddie is pretty certain nowhere could be more small-town, more boring, and more inconsequential than his home town of the Wellcome Valley. Unfortunately, he is about to be proved spectacularly wrong.
Eddie’s problems start when he sees his teacher getting shot (possibly with an elastic band) and then promptly vanish into thin air. Or maybe they start just a little bit before then, with the arrival of Scarlett, a new girl in town who seems rather too confident and mysterious for your average schoolgirl. She attracts trouble (and Eddie) like a magnet, and she’s apparently only interested in two very strange things – protecting the local crackpot scientist, Dr Wolf, and telling Eddie absolutely nothing about what on earth is going on. Because things quickly go from weird to worse for Eddie, and he’s about to find himself in the middle of a dangerous battle for the fate of not just himself, Scarlett and the town – but Time itself.
On Wednesday night, Rob and I were invited along to The Waiting Room in Colchester by Paul of St Botolph’s Letterpress to try our hand at typesetting. Wednesdays at The Waiting Room are Maker Wednesdays, with a range of open-access creative events taking place: Food Fight, Stitch & Bitch, Dorkbot, even floristry, and also a regular Letterpress Takeover. Each fourth Wednesday of the month, Rob and I also run Books (at) The Waiting Room, a sort of free community library, and this was a chance to combine the two projects by creating a design for a bookmark.
Sixteen-year-old AJ Flynn holds a key is his hand. It has his name and date of birth on it. But it’s a key to a door that leads to where? Or when?
On the other side of the door is a tumbledown house, a city booming with trade, and a murder mystery that echoes through the centuries.
AJ steps through the door and finds himself at the centre of it all. It is London and it is 1830.
Life is tough in 1830 – sickness murder and crime abound – but is it so different from the London of now that AJ and his friends know?
AJ needs to find the answers to the mystery and decide where he belongs.
Some exciting news from our neck of the woods: today, the line-up for Essex Book Festival 2015 was announced at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester. There are some fantastic events to look forward to in March this year, and we can’t wait to be a part of it.