The Edge of Me

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This is Book Monsters first ever young adult novel review, and what a book to start with, The Edge of Me by Jane Brittan.

The Edge of Me centres on the Bosnian War lasting 3½ years, which coincidentally ties in with the signing of the Dayton Agreement in 1995, marking 20 years, in 2015, since the end to this war. The book tells the story of Sanda a 16 year old refugee from Bosnia, who lives in London with her family. Sanda arrives home from school one day to find her family missing, gone without a trace. Soon after Sanda herself is kidnapped, and suddenly we are pulled into a gripping tale of secrets, lies, discovery and love.

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Captain Falsebeard in a Very Fishy Tale

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The Book Monster has donned his pirate hat once more with gusto for another piratey book review, HAAAARRR!!

Captain Falsebeard in a Very Fishy Tale a debut by author and illustrator Fred Blunt.

I read this book for the first time after it was released, and loved it then! Having recently received my very own copy, I felt it was time for a swashbuckling Monster review!

Captain Falsebeard and his merry band of misfit pirates have finally found the long lost treasure!! It feels like this should be the end of the book, but the discovery just heralds a whole new bunch of capers for these pirates and their pesky enemies Captained by Admiral Swinetoes. I will not spoil the joy of reading this book for yourself, but let’s just say, the story contains a whole host of calamity, chaos and some rather dubious parrots.

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Pugs of the Frozen North & Cakes in Space

Pugs1Welcome to the Book Monster’s double review! What better way to celebrate a writing and illustrating duo than to review two of their recent publications? First up is Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre

I am a huge fan of these heavily illustrated and written short novels that have started to emerge recently. In my day, when this was all fields, we had some fantastic younger fiction which included a spattering of lovely illustrations, The Worst Witch being a particular personal favourite.

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The Bear and the Piano

BearandPianoBook Monster has dressed up especially for this important review of The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield! I am very lucky in my job as a children’s library assistant. Every day numerous wonderful picture books pass through my hands, a constant source of discussion and excitement among staff and borrowers. I have huge admiration for authors and illustrators for their individual styles, writing ability and unique ideas. Creating children’s books is not an easy option!

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