Children's fiction, Historical fiction

The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler

Illustrator: Chris Mould  I picked up a gothic/historical children's book by this author before. Although I had not enjoyed it completely, it intrigued me. This was enough for me to try out this one when I saw it.I read a few scattered books aimed at a younger audience during any given year, and I try… Continue reading The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler

Children's fiction, Young Adult/Children

The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway Carpenter

It is hard to come across a book like this. At least, it has been for me. The biggest highlight of its 'difference' is that the children act their age, and there are no romantic entanglements in this. It is purely a book about friendship, and despite its meagre beginnings, the power it can hold… Continue reading The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway Carpenter

Children's fiction, Young Adult/Children

Safe Harbour by Christina Kilbourne

Due to my infrequent association with middle-grade fiction, I have very minimal expectations once I realise I am reading one. I do not read the blurb of a book once I have queued it into my reading for thrills. This is one book which tackles quite desperate situations, prejudices, all the while not talking down… Continue reading Safe Harbour by Christina Kilbourne