Weight of Water, Sarah Crossan

This is an odd little gem of a book. It is a debut novel by Sarah Crossan written in verse – free verse – rather than prose; but deals with the realities of a very credible modern situation. As such, the disjunct between a contemporary situation and the language does parallel the disjunction and disconnection…

Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick

This is my second foray into Marcus Sedgwick’s writing: White Crow, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal a couple of years ago was the other. And this is by far superior, more beautiful, more powerful, more poignant. This book is shortlisted for the Cilip Carnegie 2013 and tells the tales of Eric and Merle. Tales. Tales…

I Read These First!

There are a lot of books from my past creeping onto the silver screen. Books that I read long long loooooong before Hollywood thought to cash in. Books that I don’t want people to think that I read after the film! Life of Pi Atonement Cloud Atlas The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Carnegie 2013 Shortlist

It’s that time of year again: the Cilip Carnegie Medal Shortlist has been announced! It is genuinely one of the highlights of my year! I reserve the Easter holidays to reading as many as I possibly can of the list. I mean, we do shadow the Carnegie Medal in our school and I like to…