London, 1944. 19 year old Harry Black has fallen out with his brother and father due to his stance as a conscientious objector. Harry does his bit for the war effort by working as a firefighter, as well as documenting the horrors and banalities of war through his writing and drawing - trying to make…Continue reading Book Review: Voyages In The Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick and Alexis Deacon
Storm is slowly growing into her role as the Weather Witch for her people - the island folk of Yanlin - when she is set a new challenge. Sent on a diplomatic mission to the vibrant and exciting trade centre of Bellum Island, Storm finds a land of lavish opulence, temptation and political machinations. While…Continue reading Book Review: Under Earth by Ellen Renner
Following on from my last post about how graphic novels are great for encouraging a love of reading, here’s a new manga that is all about the magic of books and reading: Magus of the Library by Mitsu Izumi. The story follows 7 year old Theo, an outsider in almost every respect: a mixed race…Continue reading Book review: Magus of the Library, vol. 1 by Mitsu Izumi
A list of 10 (+ 4) resources for graphic novels that I use to keep up with current trends, find classics and fill gaps in my collection.
Three years ago, life changed for homeschooled American Link Selkirk. His parents got jobs at Oxford University, and so the family moved to the UK and Link started school for the first time. Not just any school, but Osney - a prestigious and posh private school who, aside from the uber-rich, took kids of Oxford University…Continue reading Book Review: The Island by M.A. Bennett
17 year old Bobby Seed has too much on his plate. Any time not spent at school studying for his 'A' Levels is spent at home looking after his mother, who suffers from MS, and his younger brother Danny, who has his own needs. When Bobby’s school counsellor suggests he joins a young carers’ support…Continue reading Book Review: The Weight of a Thousand Feathers - Brian Conaghan
Some of the most commented-upon posters on my library walls are these classics from the wonderful PaperZip website (click the images for links to high quality downloads): I've also got a few nice comments about this Spock poster I made myself: A student said to me the other week, "You just need a Star Wars…Continue reading Making Posters - Productive Procrastination
Thanks to the Reading Zone and HarperCollins for the review copy. A secret order of dissident sorcerers is attempting to resurrect an ancient being to launch a war against the mortals. Skulduggery Pleasant, skeleton detective and sorcerer, is going to need all the help he can get to stop them. Luckily for him, his protégé Valkyrie Cain…Continue reading Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant - Resurrection by Derek Landy
There has been a resurgence of interest in alternative history fiction recently - particularly of "the Nazi's won the war" variety (for example, YA books The Big Lie and Wolf by Wolf, and the recent TV versions of the books The Man In The High Castle and SS-GB). Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy - made up of Farthing…Continue reading Book Review: The Small Change Trilogy - Jo Walton
Do we live in a "post-truth" society? One where facts and knowledge aren't valued, where "experts" are dismissed for being killjoys? I hope not, but there has been a marked increase in this anti-intellectual, anti-fact rhetoric from certain (highly successful) political circles recently. Alongside this post-truth menace come deceit and lies, which have recently been rebranded…Continue reading Post-Post-Truth?