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I always get customers coming in saying something along the lines of ‘My child has read this, they absolutely loved it, can you recommend anything similar?’ Sometimes, it’s hard to recommend anything similar, and sometimes I’m tempted to suggest something quite different, so the child has a broad reading range but in the case of a customer the other day asking for books similar to Enid Blyton I just had to recommend two fantastic authors whose books I really admire, and love.

 

Lauren St. John – She’s won the Blue Peter Fiction award and has a huge following. I particularly love the Laura Marlin mysteries set in Cornwall. Orphan Laura is forced to move to her Uncle’s weird house in Cornwall and longs for a life of adventure- just like the ones in her favourite books and it’s not long before she find some at Dead Man’s Cove, a place her Uncle has forbidden her to go to…

The second in the Laura Marlin series ‘Kidnap in the Caribbean’ was published last month by Orion and we follow Laura all the way to the Caribbean and things are a little different there. Cornwall certainly doesn’t have pirates and sharks on the shore! It’s another fantastic book in this series. Well written, with a really loveable, charming character – books like these are rare and certainly echo the fun, innocent nature of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books in which going out to play meant finding your own adventures!

I also can’t stop raving about Helen Moss and her book ‘Adventure Island: Mystery of the Whistling Caves’. It might be the cover which appeals, but it also might be the mysterious action packed story in which three children and a dog make their own investigation when the local whistling caves suddenly go quite and lots of treasure goes missing.

This is good old fashioned story telling with a modern setting – I loved it. Also part of a series, ‘The Mystery of the Midnight Ghost’ is out now.

The Laura Marlin Mysteries 1: Dead Man’s Cove (978-1444001488)

The Laura Marlin Mysteries 2: Kidnap in the Caribbean (978-1444000214)

Lauren St John

Orion Children’s Books

 

Adventure Island 1: Mystery of the Whistling Caves (978-1444003284)

Adventure Island 2: The Mystery of the Midnight Ghost (978-1444003291)

Adventure Island 3: The Mystery of the Hidden Gold (978-1444003307)

Adventure Island 4: The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece (978-1444003314)

Helen Moss

Orion Children’s Books

£4.99

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“The only good Angel, is a dead Angel”

ANGEL book cover

Last year I couldn’t stop talking about the fantastic new YA title published by Usborne called ‘Angel’. Written by the lovely L.A. Weatherly, ‘Angel’ was the first in a trilogy all about the love affair of Willow, a half Angel and Alex, an Angel killer. And so began my obsession.

The first book did so well and I got as many people hooked on it as possible and now after months of waiting and anticipation, publication day is almost here of the second in the trilogy. Called ‘Angel Fire’ we pick up where we left off at the end of ‘Angel’ and Alex and Willow must begin to train new AngelKillers for their battle against the Angels. You see, unlike Willow, Angel’s aren’t actually that nice. In fact, they’re killing human’s and draining them for energy.

Sound intrigued? Then get yourself down to a bookstore and buy a copy of ‘Angel’ today, and whilst your at it, pre-order ‘Angel Fire’, published 1st October, just in time for Halloween.

Look out for ‘L.A. Weatherly’s blog tour coming soon.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read a preview chapter which arrived this morning!

Angel Fire

L.A. Weatherly

Usborne Books

9781409522010

£7.99

www.angelfever.com

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I just had to share my love of this new picture book written by Alison Murray. It’s incredibly clever, charming and importantly; educational.

It is a traditional verse written to tell all the letters in the alphabet. The narrative follows a pesky little dog who is after some delicious apple pie. Each letter is written in a large, bright font and describes the dog’s escapades to get some pie from the initial spotting of the APPLE pie to JUMPING up on the table and finally ZZZ’ing after eating lots of pie. It’s a lovely tale made new and exciting by the gorgeous illustrations.

I highly recommend it for anyone looking to teach their child the alphabet without it being too obvious that they’re actually reading an educational book!

Apple Pie ABC

By Alison Murray

Orchard Books

July 2011

£5.99

9781408308028

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