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Review: Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Review: Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Synopsis from Goodreads For fans of Jennifer Holm (Penny from Heaven, Turtle in Paradise), a heartfelt and unforgettable middle-grade novel about an irresistible girl and her family, tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship. In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, … Continue reading

Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Synopsis from Goodreads It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan to … Continue reading

Review: Nona & Me by Clare Atkins

Review: Nona & Me by Clare Atkins

Synopsis from Goodreads Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas. They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life. Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseperable, until Nona moves away at … Continue reading

Review: Paper Aeroplanes – Dawn O’Porter

Review: Paper Aeroplanes – Dawn O’Porter

Synopsis from Goodreads. It’s the mid-1990s, and fifteen year-old Guernsey schoolgirls, Renée and Flo, are not really meant to be friends. Thoughtful, introspective and studious Flo couldn’t be more different to ambitious, extroverted and sexually curious Renée. But Renée and Flo are united by loneliness and their dysfunctional families, and an intense bond is formed. … Continue reading

Review: Velvet – Mary Hooper

Review: Velvet – Mary Hooper

Synopsis from Goodreads. Velvet is an orphan. She struggles to make ends meet by working in a steam, laundry, where the work is back-breaking and exhausting. So when she attracts the attention of the glamorous clairvoyant Madame Savoya, she cannot believe her good fortune. Raised to the status of lady’s maid, Velvet is given elegant … Continue reading

Review: Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell

Review: Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell

Synopsis from Goodreads. My mother is still alive, and she is going to come for me one day. Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother … Continue reading

Review: Crow Boy – Philip Caveney

Review: Crow Boy – Philip Caveney

Synopsis from Goodreads. Set in Mary King’s Close, an exciting historical adventure featuring a young boy – Tom Afflick who finds himself transported from Edinburgh in 2012 and apprenticed to a plague doctor in Edinburgh in 1645. Young Tom Afflick has never felt so alone. His parents have split up and his mother has relocated … Continue reading