I’ve just started Wendington Jones and the Missing Tree, and am definitely intrigued by the synopsis. I’ve also just started The Sky Over Rebecca which is set in Sweden and is one I’m really enjoying.
I’ve read a lot this week as I’m on Easter holiday – and some of these are short! I finished Eternity Engine through a mixture of audiobook and reading the physical copy. This was an absolutely breath-taking read that, as I got further through, I really didn’t want to stop reading – utterly brilliant! I also read Nic Blake and the Remarkables which I enjoyed, but not as much as I thought I would.
It was wonderful to be back with Herbie and Violet in Festergrimm and this time their old enemy Sebastian Eels is back to open Festergrimm’s spooky waxworks. This one focuses on the legend of Ludo Festergrimm, a clockwork maker, who made a mechanical robot to help find his missing daughter.
I also read Boot It! which is a World Book Day book following Sami from Boy, Everywhere. This was a wonderful short read, dealing with racism in football, and definitely think it will be a popular one in class.
I also read The Curio Collectors, another short one by the brilliant dyslexia-friendly publisher, Barrington Stoke. This is set in the Victorian era and follows Lily and Tom who travel the country with Ma Hawker, showing off their collection of curiosities. Lily is tricked in to buying a bag of worthless items, but is is hiding something very important to a young maid. I really enjoyed this charming historical tale.
I also picked up The Haunted Hills which has been on my TBR for ages. It is a powerful, heart-breaking and redemptive story of loss, grief and guilt that completely gripped me, and is one that I became completely absorbed in. Carl is visiting the Peak District with his parents as he tries to come to terms with a tragic event in his life, which has deeply affected his mental health, in the hope that it will give him time to heal. Whilst there, he gets lost and is saved by a mysterious boy and his dog. Could this be the ghost of the Lost Lad or a manifestation of Carl’s own feelings of loss? I was completely swept into the wild and haunting landscape of the Peak District which proved a perfect background for Carl’s story. I liked the introspection of the flashbacks to his friendship with Jack as he works to come to terms with what has happened. I also really liked that his parents are present in such a supportive way. This is an incredibly powerful story of bereavement, guilt and hope.
I also read Stink which is brilliantly funny, and have posted my review. Finally, I read The Treasure Hunters which I really enjoyed – I will be posting my review tomorrow.
I have only read Our Sister, Again by Sophie Cameron which I really liked, so I’m hoping to pick up Away with Words next.
What are you reading? Have you read any of these?
2 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday”
You always read such fabulous selections of books Mary. Thanks for reminding me that I need to catch up with events in Eerie-on-Sea!
I loved The Haunted Hills, beautifully written and such a sensitive exploration of grief 😊
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I’m so glad I read The Haunted Hills – definitely a beautifully written book. The Eerie-on-Sea series is just so good and I love the familiarity of being back there with Herbie and Violet!
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