Reckless: The Petrified Flesh, by Cornelia Funke

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What I love about Cornelia Funke, is that she reads just as well in the translated English Versions of her books as she does in her mother tongue German. She’s a very versatile author, which I generally find is something that is missing in the german YA world, as so many books in that genre get translated from english, that many german authors seem to get crushed, slightly. Not this author though, she’s in fact one of THE exceptions in german literature that get translated into english and it works for her.

The first book of hers that I read was “Drachenreiter”, back when that was new and I a child. Then I quickly devoured the “Ink Heart” trilogy in German and still go back to it when I’m needing a bit of magic in my life. After that, I was always on the lookout for something that would capture and keep my interest just the way “Ink Heart” did. Until these books appeared, however, I was never satisfied with any german book I touched. I love how the Brothers Grimm are brought to life in their own world and how real it all seems. Hats off to Cornelia Funke for creating such a wondrous world of Fairy Tales, the way they were meant to be, interesting and a little scary at times.

If you are interested in being swept away to a world full of the creatures of Fairy Tales and a world where the Grimm Brothers are around again, enter here and go on an epic journey of fantastic beasts and great adventures.

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Keeping Secrets by Maggie Dana

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A nice book for the horseloving tween.
Having read quite a few horsey books in my time, I quite enjoyed the change of pace this book has offered me. Whilst you still get all the horse references, the story is not what I was expecting when I saw the cover. It wasn’t all about the rivalry at competitions. Far more, it was also about a special friendship, or rather bond, that formed between the two girls. Both have their own battles to face, but find a shoulder to lean on in each other. This bond that they share is also what brings both girls back to life, so to speak. I will be reading more of the series, provided I can find the books.

The Recruit

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This Book (the series actually) makes for a nice Change in the world of Children’s Books, which are often either Fantasy or Realistic. Whilst this is set in our world as we know it, it is rather improbable that such an Organisation could exist. But it’s close enough to reality to remain interesting for Kids who don’t enjoy Fantasy so much.
I think Robert Muchamore has done a wonderful Job at creating this world that could be but isn’t. Each Story is unique, as is each character. Thank you very much for the treat!

A Storm Called Katrina Review

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This picture book covers the topic natural disaster and their impact on human lives, using hurricane Katrina. It was printed quite a while after Katrina struck Louisiana.

The illustrations are beautifully fitted to a children’s picture book, as well as the topic of this particular book. The Story is easy to follow for kids, but picks up on a few important aspects of life after a natural disaster hits. I don’t want to give away the story, but it basically deals with two important things: a) the aftermath of Katrina -> can be used as a basis for any other disaster striking. b) that a kid can and should be trusted to be both courageous and be able to have and follow through on useful ideas.

It’s sure to be a valuable story to help kids cope with the aftermath of a similar storm or disaster hitting as Katrina. The story is timeless and can’t be tied to a place either. For this reason, I think every bookshop and library should have this title on hand.

The Teen Money Manual Review

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Well, this Manual is a good reminder of what needs to be done. I know it says it’s for Teens, but honestly, it’s got good advice for anyone who needs a helping hand with Money. A lot of the tips are universal, however, some of the more detailed ideas, especially in the business and credit areas, are very american based, which makes this book harder to sell in, say Switzerland, for instance.

Nonetheless, if you can read past the US-based set up, the Manual is useful anywhere and for anyone.

I also love the set-up of the whole book. There are loads of colourful pictures and graphs and piecharts to keep the momentum going and to get Teens motivated to read the book and possibly use the advice given. Again, it would possibly motivate most readers, Teen or otherwise. It’s worth a sneak-peek and I may well consider ordering a copy of this little helper at some point.

The Isobel Journal Review

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Hhm, where to start?
I love the drawings and photographs. I love how the book seems to come straight out of Isobel’s life, as it should, I guess. I also love the details that seem to have gone into designing this title and the thoughts that are shared with the reader on life.

That said, I do have a few issues… The book is, in my mind, too easy for an 18, or even 16 year olds life. Whilst it’s coherent writing in itself, I had trouble believing that I’m reading about an older teenager’s everyday life. The drawings are very expressive, but most topics and thoughts seem more suited to a tween. That’s not bad, but the text provided by the publisher is slightly misleading as far as I’m concerned. Having said that, the last sixtyish pages are quite realistic again.

Overall, it’s a sweet, quick read.

We Should All Be Feminists Review

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A strong female voice, speaking up about gender issues today.

Whilst Ms Adichie embeds her thoughts in Nigerian culture, her home culture, they hold true for any other culture too. Even though some issues we have aren’t as obvious as women not being greeted when entering a restaurant, or not being granted entrance when alone, it doesn’t mean we’re not up against the same problems of masculinity and femininity, and all our issues on gender are always grounded in our up-bringing and history.

I can’t wait to hear Ms Adichie’s Ted Talk on the subject and sincerely hope that her short story finds lots of ears and makes people think, men and women alike. We can all do something to change the way we think. It’s not a problem we women face alone and certainly not one we can change alone.

Fab Fashions You Can Make And Share Review

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This book is a beautifully designed crafts book for tweens. It is set in the world of the sleepover girls and seems to be 1 of 4 crafty/cookery books.

There’s a nice mix of beautifying tips, sewing, glueing and “ready-made” crafts that just need to be cut out. Whilst I don’t know what quality of paper these last projects are on, I can certainly say that the instructions are easy to follow and the crafts are all sleepover themed. I’d certainly have enjoyed a crafty sleepover with my friends, using this book as a basis. I’d suggest this is perfect for 10-13 year old girls.

Custom Confections Review

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Lovely pictures make you hungry to try out the recipes. Whilst everything looks professional and elaborate, the instructions are dead easy to follow, making this a good book for tweens (and grown ups) who fancy trying baking and decorating.

I really can’t wait to try the recipes. Whilst you aren’t given alternatives for hard to find (outside of US/UK) ingredients, there is a wonderful imperial-metric chart and pictures of all the tools, so you know exactly what’s needed at all times.