Children's Book News Updates

Next Children's Book and Crafts Club:

Tuesday 21st November at 4.30pm

Emma Carroll's "Letters From the Lighthouse" 

After months of bombing raids in London, 12 year old Olive and her brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon Coast.  The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper, who is not used to company and certainly doesn't want any evacuees.  Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying letters to the villagers.  But Olive has a mystery of her own to solve; her sister Sukie went missing in an air raid and now coded letters appear to link Sukie to Devon...

 

"There are echoes of Michael Morpurgo and Nina Bawden, but in a style of her own Carroll (The Girl Who Walked on Air, Strange Star) sews together accessible history with a cracking plot and a character to love in the strong, principled Olive. This gripping read for anyone aged 7 or over is a pertinent reminder of how the effort of a group of individuals can shine light on the darkest of nights. "  (The Times)

 

Join us for a reading from the book and a craft activity connected to the story - this month we'll be making lighthouses with tea lights inside!  There's no need to read the book first ( unless you want to of course!) as it's all easy-going and fun.  You'll get a voucher to spend on a book of your choice, plus free refreshments.  Bookclub is suited to those aged 8 years and over. 

 

 

October's Choice was: 

 

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction, but when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn't fiction!  Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wise-cracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer..Ages 8+



September's choice was: 

 

The first book of the new season was

The New Adventures of Mr Toad

by Tom Moorhouse, paperback at £5.99. 

It's hard to believe that Wind in the Willows was written by Kenneth Grahame over 100 years ago. In his new book, Tom Moorhouse brings us some new adventures for well-loved characters (like Mr Toad and Ratty) as well as new ones (such as Toad Junior, Ms Badger and Chief Executive Weasel) on the river, the road and in the scary Wild Wood. Wonderful colour illustrations by Holly Swain are an intrinsic part of the tale, helping to bring it to life in the most marvellous way.



Call in and leave us your email address if you'd like to go on the new Children's Mailing List !  A Gallery ...

 

 

 

Our Time Machine, created by the Children's Bookclub members in June

 

Whitchurch author Helen Bate joined us on October 7th ( Blackberry Fair Day!)

to sign copies of her latest book for children: 

"The Creature"

No-one is expecting the Creature.  It arrives, makes itself at home and becomes part of the family, however hard they try to get rid of it.  Until one day it makes a nest on the top bunk and goes very quiet.  What could be going on?

A funny, imaginative story about acceptance and tolerance £11.99, published October 5th - Signed Copies in stock!


Bookclub choice for June: Tilly and The Time Machine, the debut novel by Adrian Edmondson!  Paperback £6.99

 

Tilly is 7 years old - and about to make history.  When Tilly's dad builds a time machine in the shed, there's really only one place she wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes - her mum was alive..

But then something goes wrong!  Tilly's dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him.  Will they make it back in time for tea?

A funny, tender and assured debut from one half of Britain's most famous comedy couples.

Join us for fun and refreshments - and some time travel crafting!  Ages 7+ 

Children's Bookclub will return in September after the summer holidays.  It will be on Tuesdays at 4.30pm.  Call into the shop and leave your email address if you'd like to go on our mailing list! 

 

The Bridgemakers by Sheila Tyrer Hughes of Malpas.  March's bookclub choice.

"It's a  dramatic story of adventure, friendship, magic and legend, with a final plea for us to try to live in balance with nature.
The author has a real talent for storytelling, weaving wonderful word pictures that will engage young and old alike." ( Reader review)

Suitable for readers aged 8 years to adult, if you enjoyed The Hobbit and The Princess Bride, this is one for you.  It's free to attend the bookclub and a money off voucher is given out at the end of the session. 

 

 

February's Bookclub Choice was..

The House on Hummingbird Island

by Sam Angus

 

Idie Grace is 12 when she inherits a grand house on a Caribbean island and is sent away from grey old England to a place where hummingbirds hover and monkeys clamber from tree to tree. As the householder, Idie can do as she pleases, so she fills the house with exotic animals, keeps her beloved horse in the hall and carries a grumpy talking cockatoo called Homer on her shoulder.  But the island holds as many secrets as it does animals, and the truth behind Idie's inheritance is the biggest secret of all...

Ages 8+ £6.99 paperback

 

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Come and join the Children's Bookclub!  Members pictured with their collage inspired by Tom Moorhouse's Trickster

Children's Bookclub is one Wednesday each month

We made a giant BFG collage to celebrate Roald Dahl's centenary. 


 



Alice in Wonderland 150 year anniversary party this summer

 

 

Dinah and daughter Isabel as Alice and The Queen of Heart, Mad Hatter's Party, August 15th 



 




 

 


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