If you are like me, you will have two massive piles: books to be read and books to buy! Here’s a sneak peek at my current to buy list (or a fraction of it!)
Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family’s past; they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit–a duppy–into their home. Grandpa hasn’t spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets and impenetrable silence.
Jewel is sure that no one will ever love her like they loved Bird, until the night that she meets a mysterious boy in a tree. Grandpa is convinced that the boy is a duppy, but Jewel knows that he is something more. And that maybe–just maybe–the time has come to break through the stagnant silence of the past.
This synopsis just sounds amazing!! It definitely seems like it’s going to be a tear jerker!
Eleven-year-old Mouse is travelling to see his grandparents on Christmas Eve with his mother and two sisters. But it’s snowing, and visibility is bad, and the car goes off the road, and crashes.
Mouse is thrown from the car.
When he wakes, he’s not in his world any more. He meets a sheep named Bar, who can only say Baaa, and a sarcastic horse named Nonky, who is a surprising mix of his beloved toy horse and his older sister.
So begins a quest to find a castle in a world of wonder – a world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.
But why are they looking for a castle? As the cold grows, we realise it might just have something to do with the family he’s left behind; and that Mouse’s quest is more important than ever.
Another intriguing blurb here! I desperately want to know how Mouse ends up in a fantasy world and I love books full of magic and wonder so this is right up my street!
Wow, something non-middle grade for a change!! My boys and I love the first two books in the series, ‘Oi Frog!’ And ‘Oi Dog!’ So this story of what should sit where is a natural follow on. Surely everyone knows that dogs sit on frogs and frogs sit on logs?!
It is nearly my littlest monster’s 2nd birthday and in a house that loves Julia Donaldson, we definitely need this! Despite it’s name, this book is a celebration of the animals that often get overlooked and I’m sure there will be a great moral in there somewhere!!
Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley- five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice- something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact- they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.
Four years later, the gang have drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.
As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realise that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town’s history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all- one of them.
Sometimes you just need an older read and while this sounds intense, I have to uncover the mystery! I will be reading this when my husband is around and the lights are on!
So there are five of the books currently on my to buy list. What is on yours? ☺️📚