Friday Five: Fantastic Retellings

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Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault, The Brothers Grimm. We think we know where our fairy stories come from. The stories we hear from the earliest age and carry inside us as we grow up. But even those 18th and 19th Century

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Book Review: Red Leaves

Red Leaves by Sita Brahmachari

Red Leaves by Sita Brahmachari – 5 out of 5 stars Source: ARC from Netgalley Published by: Macmillan Children’s Books Released: 25th September 2014 Buy it from:  Hive In a  nutshell: Red Leaves is… A gently provocative story that examines

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Friday Five: Books that have saved you

Have you ever read a book that’s saved you? Maybe not from a cliff edge, but that has cheered you up, helped give you a sense of perspective or got you through a tough time in your life? It’s often

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Why Katniss Everdeen is NOT a strong female role model

THG Mockingjay Suzanne Collins

Warning: If you haven’t read Mockingjay, please be warned that this post contains spoilers! When we left Katniss at the end of Catching Fire, she was barely conscious, struggling to take in the news that she’d been broken out of

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Book Review: The Incarnations

The Incarnations by Susan Barker

The Incarnations by Susan Barker – 5 out of 5 stars Source: ARC from Netgalley Published by: Doubleday Released: 3rd July 2014 Buy it from:  Hive In a  nutshell: The Incarnations is… What the conflict and frustration of  Look Back

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Friday Five: Stories to get lost in

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Have you ever been so engrossed in a book that the world goes on around you without you even noticing? Me too! They don’t need to be the most well-written, highbrow stories in the world. They still have the power

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Are we too hard on those upset by the death of public figures?

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Robin Williams. Joan Rivers. And now Graham Joyce. It seems like the internet is full of outpourings of grief about what can only be called strangers. Yes, they’re famous. We might have seen interviews with them. Or even read their

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