Here's two for a spooky half term read. OOH they're page turners and really interesting pages as well-feels like a hand made book when you buy the "The Thickety-A path begins" by J A White and then the 2nd in the series "The Thickety The Whispering Trees". These are spooky, scary reads about Kara who discovers she is a witch. There's an element of Salem in the books as the village Kara lives in has banned magic. A path begins sees her on exactly that-her journey to finding out who she is all with the looming darkness of the Thickety in the background. It's a good read for 9+. I was recommended the book as a scary read when looking for scary reads on request from Halifax primary school in Ipswich. Lovely BROWSERS book shop in Woodbridge recommended the 1st one and then I had to get the next one in hardback which is always a good sign :-) Now if you read these two in half term which you may well do if you're curling up with a good book in between carving pumpkins then be warned you'll have to wait until February next year for the 3rd one. However, just to wet your appetite you can have a peep at the beautiful cover to "The Thickety Well of Witches" above. Happy Halloween reading.
'Buffalo Soldier' by Tanya Landman
This is a book I've been saving up to read all year and finally actually sat down and started in between going to school. I promise I didn't read any of it in my office though I was sorely tempted. It's a powerful read, totally absorbing, gripping, at times (a lot of times) brutal and horrific but that is what happened which compels you to read on. It's a brilliant read for 13+ I'd say. If you read it too I think it would be even better as it raises so many issues and ones which I don't think we probably think about very much in our world. What a versatile writer Tanya Landman is-she writes another favourite set in our family-The 'Flotsam and Jetsam' series which is for much younger readers and a TOTALLY different read. WOW-amazing how you can write such different novels...totally in awe. I don't need to tell you what it's about because there's a brilliant article below about Tanya and her Carnegie medal winning book:
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