Title: Charlie and Me – 421 Miles from Home

Author: Mark Lowery

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Piccadilly Press

The Blurb

Thirteen-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They’re going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. By train, bus and taxi, they are determined to get there in the end; and they’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going?

It’s a journey that’s full of challenges and surprises. Martin adores his brother Charlie but he’s not like ordinary kids. He’s one in a million. He was born far too early, and ought to have died. And cheeky, irrepressible, utterly unique Charlie is always keeping Martin on his toes – especially on this crazy trip they are now on. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it’s hard when there’s something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall …

An unforgettable novel that is by turns funny and heartbreaking.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Oh my days. What a beautifully emotional story.

I bought seven copies of Charlie and Me: 421 Miles from Home. You may think “Seven? That’s a bit excessive.” Let me explain. I run a book club for my students and this book is on the Carnegie Long List for 2019 and I am trying to get through as many of them as possible before the short list is announced.

I gave it to my students having only read two chapters but I was enchanted already. This story of brotherly love was so funny and sweet and realistic that I knew that I was going to love it. My students did too. All of them came to me telling me that they loved it, that they laughed and that they cried. Charlie and Me: 421 Miles from Home really pulls at your heartstrings.

It is both a road-trip novel and a coming of age story which are two of my favourite kinds of tales. I really hope that Charlie and Me: 421 Miles from Home makes the Short List. It definitely deserves a place.

Charlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home by Mark Lowery is available now.

For more information regarding Mark Lowery (@HelloMarkLowery) please visit www.marklowery.co.uk.

For more information regarding Picadilly Press (@PiccadillyPress) please visit www.picadillypressblog.wordpress.com.

Title: The Nightmare Stone

Author: Finian Black

Pages: 186 Pages

Publisher: Weybourne Press

The Blurb

Buying the house of their dreams was the beginning of the nightmare. A lucky windfall gives a family the chance of a fresh start, but for teenager Danny, the change isn’t welcome. When their new house begins to reveal its dark secrets, Danny has to confront a truth beyond anything he could ever imagine – that all the money in the world means nothing when the only thing left is the battle to survive.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Creepy on a whole new level. That is the best way to describe Finian Black’s book The Nightmare Stone.

It is a story set generations apart with the same insidious villain haunting two different families.

Danny doesn’t want to move house but when his family come into good fortune he knows that he must. Not just for him but for his little sister who is unwell. Danny doesn’t get the best feeling from the house and rightly so, for in the walls are hidden secrets.

The thing that Finian Black has mastered in this novel is keeping the reader in suspense. We know something is going to happen but we don’t know when and because of that you are living on your nerves with every new chapter. It is one of those stories that has you grabbing your head in panic like that might somehow help the characters in the story.

If you like your stories scary and intense then The Nightmare Stone is the book for you.

The Nightmare Stone by Finian Black is available now.

For more information regarding Finian Black (@finianblack) please visit www.finianblack.com.

Title: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) – Amazing Women on what the F-Word Means to Them

Author: Scarlett Curtis

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Every woman has a different story to tell. Reading them all in one book might just change your life.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I love feminism – that, my friends, is a t—shirt right there – but I genuinely do. I love the modern wave of feminism and the fact that so many prominent women in society are backing themselves and supporting other women.

The collection of essays features in Feminists Don’t Wear Pink are engaging, witty, entertaining and powerful. They are the perfect source for young people to learn about feminism in a contemporary culture and I think that the powerful voices featured in this book can only have a positive impact on those who read it.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) – Amazing Women on what the F-Word Means to Them by Scarlett Curtis is available now.

For more information regarding Scarlett Curtis (@scarcurtis) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: Tilly and the Book Wanderers

Author: Anna James

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Book

The Blurb

Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses.

Tilly’s new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. But danger may be lurking on the very next page…

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

Every once in a while a book will come along that makes you reminds you just why you fell in love with reading. Tilly and the Book Wanderers is that book for me.

It is the story of Tilly, a young girl who lives with her grandparents. Her mother disappeared when she was a small child and she never met her father but growing up with in her grandparents care and indeed in their book shop has been a pretty wonderful experience.

However, when a strange visitor comes to the shop a whole new world opened up to Tilly. One that is almost unbelievable but by golly it is fabulous.

Anna James truly brings new meaning to the term getting lost in a book. The adventures that Tilly goes on have made me jealous. Had I encountered this sort of magic when I was a young girl I would have been even more enchanted than I am as a 35 year old.

Tilly and the Book Wanderers is such a special book that I am keeping my copy for when my niece is a bit older. I want her to feel the magic of such special story telling.

Tilly and the Book Wanderers by Anna James is available now.

For more information regarding Anna James (@acaseforbooks) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Harper Collins Children’s Books (@HarperCollinsCh) please visit www.books.harpercollins.co.uk/children/.

Title: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Author: Emily Danforth

Pages: 466 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

The night Cameron Post’s parents died, her first emotion was relief. Relief they would never know that hours earlier, she’d been kissing a girl.

Now living with her conservative Aunt in small-town Montana, hiding her sexuality and blending in becomes second nature to Cameron until she begins an intense friendship with the beautiful Coley Taylor.

Desperate to ‘correct’ her niece, Cameron’s Aunt takes drastic action.

Now Cameron must battle with the cost of being her true-self even if she’s not completely sure who that is.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a real eye-opener of a book. I’ve always known that the LGBT community have a hard time of things but what Emily Danforth has done is written a story that shows the truly insidious nature of what some families will do to make sure that their child stops ‘being gay’.

Whilst I enjoyed The Miseducation of Cameron Post I did find the story quite slow paced. It took me much longer than it normally would to read the whole book.

I would recommend this story though. It really does make you aware of how much being a lesbian or being gay is still seen as a negative thing in middle-America.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth is available now.

For more information regarding Emily Danforth (@emdanforth) please visit www.emdanforth.com.

For more information regarding Penguin (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.