Review: The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke – #laurelloganlost blog tour

LOST.  When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention More »

Podcast: Rock The Boat and Goodbye Malorie

In June’s YA Edition of Adventures With Words, Kate looks at the four titles in new YA/Children’s imprint Rock The Boat’s launch list, talks about some new books she’s received recently and More »

What to do when you are given a ‘Bad Book’

Every book lover has been there – you’re given a ‘bad book’. So what do you do next? More »

Podcast: Reading Dangerously

Kate and Rob discuss the Baileys winner, a new James Bond and a Year of Reading Dangerously. More »

Review: Remix by Non Pratt

From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates. Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of More »

 
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Review: The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke – #laurelloganlost blog tour

LOST. 

When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister. 

FOUND.

Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

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Podcast: Rock The Boat and Goodbye Malorie

In June’s YA Edition of Adventures With Words, Kate looks at the four titles in new YA/Children’s imprint Rock The Boat’s launch list, talks about some new books she’s received recently and the last YA book she’s read, as well as paying tribute to outgoing Children’s Laureate, the inspirational Malorie Blackman.

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What to do when you are given a ‘Bad Book’

Every book lover has been there – you’re given a ‘bad book’. So what do you do next?

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Podcast: Reading Dangerously

Kate and Rob discuss the Baileys winner, a new James Bond and a Year of Reading Dangerously.

Remix Non Pratt

Review: Remix by Non Pratt

From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.

Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.

Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.

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Really Bad Film Podcast: Sharknado 2 – The Second One

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the tornado…

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Podcast: Consuming a healthy reading diet

This week, Rob and Kate look at our reading in 2015 so far, to ask if we have a healthy and balanced reading diet, as well as catching up with a listener email on TBRs and what we’ve been reading lately.

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Podcast: Hot Key Hot Titles 2015

In May’s YA Edition podcast, Kate mentions the YA titles from the Pan Macmillan/MyKindaBook Vlogger Evening Pub(lishing) Quiz, and then gives the lowdown on Hot Key Books’ hot titles coming up in the second half of 2015, which she heard about at the recent bloggers’ brunch.

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Podcast: Managing the TBR list

Rob and Kate discuss how their manage their TBR lists.

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Podcast: We Have News!

Kate and Rob are back with exciting news!

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Podcast: Nicole Burstein discusses Othergirl

Recorded in Foyles Cafe Charing Cross, here’s Kate in conversation with author Nicole Burstein about her debut young adult novel Othergirl.

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Podcast: In conversation with Ben Fergusson

Recorded live as part of the Essex Book Festival, here’s Rob in conversation with author Ben Fergusson about his book The Spring of Kasper Meier.

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#UKYAday – loved that? Read this!

I’m a big UKYA reader, but then I’ve had a lot of practise – nearly 20 years worth of eagerly devouring fantastic books written for young people. I was lucky to be that age which coincided with the first big wave of books for teens, laying the foundation for the amazing range being published now. So, I thought I’d use those now-classics to recommend some newer UKYA writers you might like to try, if you haven’t already…

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True Face – Siobhan Curham on Empowering Books for Women and Girls

True Face coverWhen I received an email recently from Faber, offering me the chance to read True Face by Siobhan Curham, and to host a guest post, I jumped at the chance. The effect of the media on young women (and men), in the twenty-teens, is huge – not only is there a bombardment of images telling you what you should look like and how you should act in TV and magazines, but our total immersion in a world of social media means that your appearance is constantly up for discussion and distribution.

While I – thankfully – didn’t have to cope with the combined effects of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and tumblr aged 12, I definitely felt that pressure myself as a teen, and one of the big things that helped me feel positive and empowered was reading about some fantastic female characters and the amazing things they were able to achieve. I asked Siobhan if she could share some of her recommendations of empowering reads for women and girls, and I’m glad to say she’s obliged. Read on, and discover them for yourself… Kate x

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Really Bad Film Podcast: Superman IV

You won’t believe a man can fly in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace!

 

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