Archive for April, 2010

This is a fantastic reprint of an original atlas book that will please adults who can reminisce of their Geography lessons and charm children with the old-fashioned maps.
We first got this in store over Christmas and it proved quite popular as people loved looking over Bartholemew’s maps with the map catagories of political, economical and historical. Some people have complained the print size is too small but this is still a nostalgic and fun look back at an old favourite, or perhaps in some cases a despised subject. Who said Geography was all about colouring in?

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I’ve posted this a few hours early because I know how busy I will be tomorrow. Mailbox Monday is hosted by The Printed Page over at http://printedpage.us/

This coming week I can look forward to receiving ‘The Magic Thief: Lost’ by Sarah Prineas. I won a copy of this from Quercus Kids and look forward to reading it and giving it a review.

‘The Magic Thief’ is the second in a series of books aimed at children 9-12 and this latest one promises to deliver yet more tales of magic, mysteries and triumph.

Amazon.co.uk description: Conn’s quest to save his city’s magic has become urgent: his power stone is lost and Shadowmen, ruthless assassins, are stalking the city’s people. But when Conn blows up Wizard Nevery’s beloved home, he is banished by his own master. Determined to return and save Wellmet, he travels to Desh, a glittering city in the desert, home to the Shadowmen and run by a mysterious Sorcerer-King…Sarah Prineas has created a terrific adventure that crosses new magical lands. Conn meets new friends and enemies and his quest to discover the truth about magic takes on exciting twists. The second Magic Thief novel is as un-put-downable as the first. Visit http://www.magicthief.co.uk for fun games, lost diary entries and author interviews.

Published 1st April 2010. Quercus.

I’m also looking forward to receiving something exciting from Keris Stainton; her bookmarks to coincide with the publication of her wonderful book Della says: OMG.

I’m going to give the bookmarks out to kids at the bookstore I work at. I can’t wait to give the book a read, it sounds hilarious and very in-touch with children of today. Often the most successful books are the ones which associate with the reader so I anticipate this book to be great. Didn’t we all have that ‘stop in our tracks’ moment when we realised we had misplaced our diary or a classmate found out who our latest love was?

Amazon.co.uk description: Don’t miss this fantastic debut novel – Keris Stainton is a fabulously contemporary, witty and fresh new voice who teen girls will adore.
Della’s over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party – but then she discovers her diary has disappeared…
When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della’s distraught – how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, darkest secrets?

Published 6th May 2010. Orchard Books.

Three Cups of Tea

And finally I’m going to have to buy ‘Three Cups of Tea’ by Greg Mortenson before I properly read ‘Stones into Schools’.

A customer actually told me off yesterday for not reading it first, even though ‘Stones into Schools has a recap…I’ve been told. Not everyone can give a promise to an impoverished village that they will build them a school, but Greg Mortenson did, because he could.

Amazon.co.uk description: ‘Here we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything – even die’ – Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram mountains, Pakistan. In 1993, after a terrifying and disastrous attempt to climb K2, a mountaineer called Greg Mortenson drifted, cold and dehydrated, into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the inhabitants’ kindness, he promised to return and build a school. “Three Cups of Tea” is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools – especially for girls – in remote villages across the forbidding and breathtaking landscape of Pakistan and Afghanistan, just as the Taliban rose to power. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.

Published 2008. Penguin.

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The book blogger hop is hosted by Jennifer over at www.crazy-for-books.com It’s still in its early days but doing so well. Go and have a look, sign up or hop around and discover some great blogs.

I like to vary it up a bit and every week I choose my favourite blogs of the week. This week the lucky five are:

1. My random acts of reading

http://myrandomactsofreading.blogspot.com/ Women’s fiction and young adult. A growing and promising blog.

2. Reader buzz

http://www.readerbuzz.blogspot.com/ Chosen for their great reviews of children’s picture books. Check out her book blogger hop prize this week too.

3. Forever young

http://www.foreveryalit.com/ Blogger of young adult fiction. She’s a high school English teacher so she knows what the kids wants.

4. Cup of tea and a cozy for me

http://www.acupofteaandacozyforme.blogspot.com/ A fun looking blog with a great title. Reviews mysteries/young adult.

5. My book retreat

http://bookretreat.blogspot.com/ A new(ish) blog reviewing children’s books and young adults but does a whole range, quite diverse.

Happy blog finding see you all next week for another hop. Happy Easter.

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