The November theme for Six for Sunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot, is Winter Books and today’s wish is for: Books with Blue Covers. Looking at my bookshelves, I have a LOT of books with blue covers! I’ve decided to go for books on my TBR which have blue covers, but are not typical ‘winter books’, and share the blurb.
I loved Onjali’s first book, The Boy at the Back of the Class, and I am currently reading it to my class. I bought The Star Outside my Window on publication day, and know it will be another tearjerker as it deals with a very difficult subject.
Blurb: I’ve always wanted to be a Star Hunter. Grown-ups call them astronomers, but I think Star Hunters sounds much better. I was going to become one when I finished school, but I can’t wait that long any more. You see, I have to find my mum. Everyone says she’s gone, but I know she’s turned into a star. She’s breaking all the rules of the universe to find me again. And I’m going to break all the rules I know to help her do it.
Perijee and Me appealed to me as it is science-fiction, and I don’t tend to find many middle-grade books in this genre.
Blurb: I pointed up. ‘That star is called Sirius. See?’ Perijee glowed, like a candle in a jar. He grew more fingers, tens of them, wrapping them round my hands and wriggling. ‘Home,’ he said. When Caitlin finds a tiny alien on the beach, she teaches him everything she knows. He’s like the brother she’s always wanted. There’s only one problem: Perijee won’t stop growing. A stunning story about friendship, a heart-stopping adventure, and the power of kindness when faced with an alien invasion.
I picked this one up a while back as I love the sound of this fantasy adventure with. It is part of a trilogy.
Blurb: In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple. Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain before I was even born. Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of The Huntress. But now Da’s missing. Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across the world …
I picked this one up at the start of October when I went to Reading Rocks South.
Blurb: He wasn’t an alien. I was sure of that. It was more like he’d walked in through an ancient door from the past … except he was here, in my bedroom, and his misty forest home was somewhere real on our planet Earth. What would you do if you discovered a strange being on a supermarket roundabout? Run? Hide? Or maybe you’d do what Kofi does in this story. Maybe you’d take him home …
I have a lot of Emma Carroll books on my TBR. She writes historical fiction. I’ve read Frost Hollow Hall and The Snow Sister. I first heard of this when I was trying to find books related to extreme weather via a Facebook Group and Emma told me about this one.
Blurb: Somerset, 1616. A sinking boat … A girl in disguise … A disappearing sea … When Fortune Sharpe carves a boat from a tree with her beloved brother, Jem, she’s only having a bit of fun. But now is not the time for a girl to be drawing attention to herself and she is sent away to find work dressed as a boy. Luckily a rich manor house is hiring. Yet Barrow Hall’s inhabitants harbour dangerous secrets of their own, the suspicious owner is hunting for witches, and the house itself is a little too close to the sea …
Michael Morpurgo was the first Children’s Laureate, and I’ve always enjoyed his stories which often make me cry. Two of my absolute favourites are Listen to the Moon and Private Peaceful. His latest story is a re-telling of Gulliver linked to a refugee’s journey.
Blurb: A little hope makes a big difference. War has forced Omar and his mother to leave their home in Afghanistan and venture across the sea to Europe. When their boat sinks, and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end. But it is only just the beginning …
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Great choices, if you’re still looking for extreme weather Swimming against the storm by Jess Butterworth is brilliant about land loss & the way companies can be complicit in habitat destruction and part of the action takes place during a Hurricane with focus on the ensuing weather and flooding
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Thank you! I loved Swimming Against The Storm – agree it would be perfect for looking at habitat loss. I remember the depiction of the hurricane being great in this – thank you for reminding me – I’ll look it out as I’m looking at hurricanes with my class in the next couple of weeks.
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Brilliant! I’ve been useful ☺️
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