I watched Ross Montgomery being interviewed by Anna James on her brilliant Youtube Channel A Case for Books. He read the first chapter of his new book The Midnight Guardians (due to be released in September) which was fantastic. I was then on Twitter and saw that the publisher has put the book on NetGalley so I requested it immediately. I was so excited to be approved to read it today, so it has jumped to the top of my TBR!
This week I finished reading Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue by Anna Fargher which is due for release in July. I really enjoyed Pip and the members of Noah’s Ark mission to help liberate France. I found this story both poignant and uplifting and really felt for the plight of the animals. It has also really engaged my interest with animals who were used during the Second World War. I will be posting my review (which I’ve actually done!) closer to publication. I listened to the BBC Children’s Classic of The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. It is a fantastic adventure set during the Second World War which I really enjoyed. I now know that I haven’t read it when I was younger! I’ve also read a book which I’ve had on my TBR for a while: Snow & Rose which is based on the Grimm’s fairytale, but without the prince! I enjoyed this story of two sisters, Snow & Rose, who lose their father and their lifestyle. They end up going to live in a cottage with their grieving mother, and make incredible discoveries in the forest. They meet a boy who lives in an underground house, a very unusual little man and animals who are not quite what they seem! The writing is both simple and lyrical, and the images are stunning. I’ve also just finished reading The Wild Way Home which I absolutely loved. It follows the story of Charlie whose new-born baby brother is unwell. Charlie, who has been desperate for a new brother or sister, can’t cope and runs off and travels through time to the Stone Age. An incredible, dangerous adventure follows when Charlie meets Harby who is struggling with his own pain. The friendship which develops is wonderful with the children showing great courage and helping each other accept their pain and fear. This truly is a beautiful story which I would highly recommend.
I intend to read Dragon Detective: School’s Out by Gareth P Jones which is being released in early June.