Book Review: Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green

ELS librarian Samantha takes a mini-break with Simon James Green's hilarious YA novel, Alex in Wonderland. Sometimes you need a book that will make you laugh. The kind of snorting, warthog-like laughter that sends your breakfast – Coco Pops, of course – flying across the room, alarming both your cats and the strangers walking past … Continue reading Book Review: Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green

Book review: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

ELS librarian Samantha reviews Elle McNicoll's debut novel, A Kind of Spark. A Kind of Spark tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown. Addie knows there's more to the story of these 'witches', just like there is … Continue reading Book review: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Book review: The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

ELS library assistant Aimee reviews Katharine and Elizabeth Corr's debut Young Adult novel, The Witch's Kiss. Having recently read and loved the first book in Katharine and Elizabeth Corr’s second series, The Throne of Swans, I decided my next move would be to give their first series a go. The trilogy starts with The Witch’s … Continue reading Book review: The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

My kind of entertainment: new secondary fiction for summer 2020

As children, my older brother and I would compete for ownership of the Argos catalogue. The noise it made as it landed on the kitchen table in early December, that unmistakable plonk, was our starter pistol. We would push past my retreating mother, holding our arms out to the side to block each other and … Continue reading My kind of entertainment: new secondary fiction for summer 2020