Book Reviews

 A book is a dream you hold in your hands. —Neil Gaiman

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. —Ursula K. Le Guin

Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities. —Ben Okri

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. —Dr. Seuss

Adults

Gil Adamson: The Outlander

In 1904, 19-year-old Mary Boulton flees across western Canada, after killing her brutal husband.  Tormented by terrifying visions and tracked by his vengeful brothers, she manages to survive, and to make her mark on the hearts of the colourful characters she meets.  The Outlander is enthralling and heart-rending, and Mary is a character you will quickly come to care about.  Will she escape her pursuers, and can she ever find happiness and healing?

Christine Barraclough

Kate Atkinson: Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Available as ebook and an abridged audiobook read by Diana Quick

A witty, sometimes tragic, family history written by the brilliant Kate Atkinson. A proper book with a beginning, middle and end, built around Ruby Lennox, her mismatched parents and siblings and a string of other engaging characters, encountered as they go about their lives set against a Yorkshire backdrop. The pages flew by as I became involved with story, so much so that I felt bereft by it’s ending.

Zoe Chambers

Marcus Aurelius: Meditations

The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was a keen philosopher, and in these musings he sought to make sense of his universe, and to order his thoughts and find encouragement and consolation in his own life. If you are put off by philosophy, give Meditations a try. Marcus Aurelius himself felt the need to seek clarity and understanding in his writings, and you will get a fascinating insight into the mind of this revered statesman of the ancient world.

Christine Barraclough

Jane Austen: Emma

My favourite book by one of the wittiest writers I’ve ever read. Her writing is incredible- packed with insight into people, it is gossipy, ironic and beautifully worded.

Christopher Alsop

Catherine Bailey: Black Diamonds

This book by historian Catherine bailey is based around the family at ??? Wentworth near Barnsley. The family wealth built on the local coal mining industry led to a life of luxury, friendship with the famous and Royals. The book gives a real flavour of local and social history of the time. When I got to the end, I felt like I could have started at page one again.

Carol Hardy

 

James Baldwin: Go Tell It on the Mountain

In this iconic novel, the scene is Harlem in 1935, and the main character is John Grimes, a 14-year-old black boy struggling with his spiritual, moral and sexual identity in a deeply religious community and under the eye of his tyrannical Pentecostal minister stepfather, into whose footsteps John is expected to follow. In this powerful story God, religion, race, sexuality and family are searingly dealt with, as John seeks to find his way forward. He is a character you will care about and empathise with, and Go Tell It on the Mountain is a wonderfully well-written, ground-breaking novel you will not soon forget.

Christine Barraclough

Pat Barker: The Silence of the Girls

I binge listened over several days, The Silence was my first Pat Barker novel and I loved it! The writing is beautiful but it grounded the myth of a captured queen and a collapsing military alliance in a way that made me relate to my own experiences of powerlessness and betrayal.

Erica J Golden

 

John Bishop: How Did All This Happen

I listened to this as a talking book, he has quite a story to tell, he has done some amazing things both before and after he was famous. It’s always good to read something that makes you laugh but there is some bad language in it.

Carol Hardy

 

Adele Brand: Hidden World Of The Fox

It’s a good season for fox spotting, there are several foxes near me and I learned so much about them from this book. Adele Brand explains fox behaviour and dispels some myths. Part memoir, part non fiction, she also discusses how our human behaviour can change foxes welfare for the better.

Erica J Golden

 

Bill Broady: In this block there lives a slag

Undeterred by the title, I borowed this title and fell in love with Bills writing style. It’s unfussy but powerful; the first short story about a mans bond with a ram was a gem of a tale. This collection of short stories based in urban areas like Bradford is well worth a read.

Erica J Golden

 

 

 

Adrienne Maree Brown, Walidah Imarisha Octavia’s Brood

I just began this on Libby and it’s wonderful, an antidote to hopelessness. Octavia’s Brood is an anthology of modern sci fi short stories written in tribute to Octavia Butler, the iconic african american sci fi writer who said ‘I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.’ I’ll be returning it soon, check it out.

Erica J. Golden

Agatha Christie: Sparkling Cyanide

A favourite from my past, a good Agatha Christie is always a good comfort read. Maybe a bit old fashioned for some maybe but I still enjoy them. The Pale Horse which has just been serialised by the BBC is available on line at Kirklees Libraries.

Carol Hardy

 

Jonathan Coe: Middle England

Just finished this on Libby. The book revisits characters from Coe’s previous novels which include The Rotters Club. Set in the Midlands and London the book traces the now middle aged characters lives during the last eight years, including the immense change and disruption of Britain’s Brexit. Sometimes sad, satirical and funny, I enjoyed this read.

Julia Key Mitchell

Joan Didion: The Year of Magical Thinking

An astounding book about grief and mourning. Not the cheeriest thing you’ll ever read- but Didion’s prose is amazing, and her insights lucid and thought-provoking.

Christopher Alsop

 

Helen Fielding: Bridget Jones, Mad About the Boy

Available as an ebook and an audiobook read by Samantha Bond
A random and uncharacteristic choice of book, not at all what I would ever have expected myself to enjoy. Listened to on Libby and used as a means of getting me through the cleaning, I had only the vaguest of knowledge of the story’s main character, having neither read any of the others in this series nor seen any of the films, I was convinced that Bridget would prove to be far too annoying to tolerate.
It turned out that she was in fact good company, brought to life perfectly by the actor Samantha Bond. Enough detail was provided in the early chapters to bring the listener/reader up to date with previous events in Bridget’s relationships with family and friends as well as her work life, enabling me to immerse myself in her current chaotic existence as she juggles single parenthood, rebuilding her life following the loss of her husband and the pressures of a career. Her antics had me nodding in recognition and laughing out loud as the author finds humour within mundane everyday life, delicately balanced with the realities of loneliness, grief and confusion.

Zoe Chambers

Joel Golby: Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant.

I didn’t know much about Joel Golby but this book had some laugh out loud chapters. Golby can write about bereavement and failure with skill that made me laugh and cry with each short chapter. The renting as a millennial essay is one of the funniest and poignant I’ve read on the subject.

Erica J Golden

Imogen Hermes Gowar: Mrs Hancock and the Mermaid.

Having seen the doorstopper thick novel in a charity shop and decided I lacked the concentration, this book was a pleasure to listen to. This tale has a slow burn romance between two very different personalities and a fantastical mystery – when the mermaid appears, what will come off the heroes and villains? A welcome escape into the sensuous world of courtesans, coffee houses and far flung traders.

Erica J Golden

Zane Grey: Riders of the Purple Sage

Published in 1912 and set in Utah of the 1870s, the story follows drifter Jim Lassiter as he helps young rancher Jane Withersteen in her struggle with persecution from local Morman Elder Tull and his cohorts, who seek to steal her land and force her to marry Tull. Lassiter also has a quest of his own to fulfill, and this is cleverly woven into the story. Grey was a fine story-teller and adeptly handles action, conflict and dialogue, and if you are a fan of westerns, this classic of the genre is one not to be missed.

Christine Barraclough

 

Lucie McKnight: Hardy Water Shall Refuse Them

An eerie family drama/crime thriller set in the heat of a Welsh summer. This book fits into the folk horror genre that is seeing a comeback tight now (think Midsommar etc) and the author captures a restless teenagers reluctance to play happy families perfectly – turning it into queasy darkness.

Erica J Golden

Robert Harris: Imperium

Imperium is the first in a trilogy of novels about the famous ancient Roman orator and lawyer Cicero, and the story is told through the eyes of his slave and secretary Tiro. When Tiro answers his master’s door to a terrified stranger from Sicily, who has fled from the island’s corrupt governor Verres, the events which follow launch the young, ambitious Cicero into one of the most extraordinary court battles in history, and pave the way for his rise to imperium – supreme power in the Roman state. The story is liberally laced with intrigue and corruption, and is compellingly told. The many famous characters are brilliantly drawn, and the pace is taut enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are interested in Ancient Rome or are a fan of historical novels, you will love Imperium, and will be keen to follow it with the other novels in the trilogy.

Christine Barraclough

Homer: The Iliad

If you have ever thought of classical literature such as the Iliad as dry or highbrow, you might be agreeably surprised if you gave this ebook a try. Homer’s epic poem of the Trojan War dates back to the ninth century BC, a time starkly contrasting with our own, when heroes struggled on the bloody battlefield of Troy, and even Gods took a hand in the action! The Iliad is an exciting story with a cast of legendary figures including Achilles, Hector and Agamemnon, with plenty of drama, pathos and action. If you are a fan of ancient history, or just like a good story, then the Iliad could be for you.

Christine Barraclough

Shirley Jackson: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Though she has a reputation of being a horror writer, (mostly, I think, because of the two adaptations of The Haunting of Hill House –the film from the 60’s and the Netflix series from last year )Shirley Jackson was actually way weirder and harder to pin down to single genre than that. This book is widely regarded as her masterpiece- and it showcases all the stuff she does brilliantly- gothic settings, the psychology of isolated teenagers, unease, and beautiful sentences. It is funny and tense and strange and utterly unlike anything else.

Christopher Alsop

Anna Jacobs: Heir to Greyladies

First in a trilogy this historical novel starts in 1900 Hampshire with tragedy and leads to a fascinating house in Wiltshire which is supposed to be haunted. Will Harriet and Joseph’s love survive or will fate intervene?

Penny Swiffen

 

 

Anna Jacobs: Peppercorn Street

Anna Jacobs is one of my favourite historical novel authors so I have only discovered her modern work recently. Peppercorn Street is the start of a series of books about the ups and downs of modern life, set around three very different women who find themselves neighbours in Peppercorn Street, but not all as it seems for any of them and danger can strike so unexpectedly!

Penny Swiffen

 

Allan Jenkins: Plot 29

I use this a lot in bibliotherapy groups because ‘Plot 29’ uses growing food on a allotment to talk about more personal, universal issues, trauma, addiction, family. The chapters are short and perfect for listening to whilst doing a bit of weeding – I was inspired to get out into my garden after finishing this.

Erica J Golden

 

Ben Kane: The Silver Eagle

That Ben Kane enjoys writing historical novels is evident with this exciting and meticulously researched story. Set on the frontiers of Ancient Rome, The Silver Eagle is the second in a trilogy that tells the story of four people – twins Romulus and Fabiola, Etruscan haruspex Tarquinius and Brennus, a gallic tribesman. While Fabiola seeks her lover in Gaul, the three men, with 10,000 other legionaries captured by the Parthians, march to Margiana, where they face danger from savage tribes and from within their own ranks. There is much human interest, as unlikely bonds are formed, and as they each strive toward their personal dreams and goals. If you have read and enjoyed the prequel, The Forgotten Legion, you will be delighted by this continuing story of these four remarkable individuals, and will want to follow their adventures further.

Christine Barraclough

Mark Lawrence: Red Sister

It’s not until you’re broken that you find your sharpest edge
“I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin”

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse. A cracking new fantasy from the pen of Mark Lawrence which kept me enthralled all the way through. If you like this one try the sequels, ‘Grey Sister’ and ‘Holy Sister’.

Luke Haslam

Deborah Levy: Hot Milk

This book felt like an adventure in the heat of the Spanish town square or the cool of an Athens night. It made me think about how I view illness and disability and the main characters Sophia’s journey toward her own desires made this unputdownable.

Erica J Golden

 

Sinclair Lewis: Babbitt

George F Babbitt is a successful middle class American businessman in the fictional town of Zenith, in the 1920s, who comes to question the life and values he has always followed. In a setting that closely parallels modern times, Sinclair Lewis here satirises what he saw as the self-satisfied complacency and deep and dangerous flaws of American society. Mr Babbitt is himself flawed, but is nevertheless a character you will follow with interest as he struggles to find a way to participate in an imperfect society while retaining his own integrity and self worth. Will he find it? This is a story that will keep your interest, and make you want to find out.

Christine Barraclough

Sinclair Lewis: Main Street

First published in 1920, Main Street explores all that is good and bad about the American small town. Idealistic Carol Milford marries a man from Gopher Prairie, and sets about trying to reform what she sees as old-fashioned opinions and narrow attitudes. Lewis is not uncritical of the ‘American Scene’, and you will find yourself sympathising with Carol’s struggle to reconcile herself with small-town ways. This is an enjoyable read that I do not hesitate to recommend.

Christine Barraclough

Colum Mcann: Apeirogon

This book has had some glowing reviews. It is a novel based on the true life friendship whose young daughters were killed in the Middle East conflict-one Israeli, one Palestinian.
I found the story itself fascinating but personally was less keen on the style which I thought could be a bit pretentious. It is divided into numbered sections some of which are only a line or two, presumably for emphasis. The book also goes back and forward in time quite a bit. I suppose there is always going to be an issue of making a true-life story into a novel but I think it can be done in a more straightforward way eg by Hilary Mantel in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy and Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Kenealy. Nevertheless it is worth reading for the true life story.

Barbara Schiff

Carson McCullers: The Member of the Wedding

Frankie is a lonely twelve-year-old tomboy girl, and lives in a small town in the American South. Confused, she longs to be part of the lives of those around her and yet wants to escape, and fixates on the prospect of journeying to Alaska with her soon to be married older brother and his new bride. McCullers hauntingly conveys the agonies of adolescence, as Frankie alternates between seeking unfound solace in the familiar while yearning for a future she also fears. Her flesh and blood characters are engaging, and Frankie’s struggle is one you will understand and sympathise with. Carson McCullers was a writer who possessed rare insight into the hearts of ordinary people, and the Member of the Wedding is a compelling and very human story.

Christine Barraclough

Larry McMurtry: Lonesome Dove

If you like an epic western or adventure story, they don’t come more epic than Lonesome Dove. It’s the third in a series of western novels, but can equally be read as a stand alone. Old friends Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call and their Hat Creek Cattle Company drive their herd from the Mexican border north to Montana, encountering on the way blizzards, sandstorms, drought, stampede, rivers, wild animals, tough women, Indians and eerily frightening outlaws. There is enough excitement, danger, pathos, hysterical humour, tragedy and human relationship to suit any taste, and you may feel by the end of the trail that you have jounced along every mile of it with them! To be sure, Mr McMurtry plays fast and loose with western legend and with emotions of his audience, but it’s easy to see why this monumental work won for him a Pulitzer Prize. One to sit back and be entertained!

Christine Barraclough

Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon

Set in mid 20th century America, Song of Solomon follows Macon ‘Milkman’ Dead III, a young black man seeking to understand his heritage and his place in the world. Having had a privileged and wasteful youth, he journeys from his Michigan home to the Deep South of his ancestral roots, in his quest for answers. Milkman’s journey to manhood is peopled with fascinating characters, and delves into myth and legend as well as the weighty themes you would expect from Toni Morrison. Song of Solomon is an enjoyable and insightful read.

Christine Barraclough

Jojo Moyes: The Giver of Stars

The drama takes place in Kentucky, USA in the 1930’s and centres on a small group of women who set up a packhorse library. The characters and their adventures are both intriguing and credible. The author has obviously done plenty research and the novel is well written and captivating. I would definitely recommend this book to both men and women, especially those with an interest in North America.

Carol Amitrano

 

 

Michelle Obama: Becoming

I really enjoyed this autobiography, describing her early childhood in Chicago and her determination to get on in life, meeting Barack, the immense pressure of a high profile political life and bringing up a young family under intense media pressure in The White House.

Carol Hardy

 

 

 

Francis Parkman: The Oregon Trail

Author Francis Parkman travelled the famous Oregon Trail of the American West in the 1840s, and from his experiences wrote this book, now seen as a classic of its kind. He describes hardships experienced, prairie and mountain scenery, native wildlife and people he encountered along the way – both white settlers and Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. Though Parkman himself tended to view those around him through the lens of his own privileged and rather narrow Boston upbringing, his penmanship is accomplished and his descriptions are remarkably vivid. Anyone interested in the American West, vanished cultures and adventurous travel will find much of value in The Oregon Trail.

Christine Barraclough

Jay Rayner: My Last Supper

If you enjoy Jay Rayners reviews, you’ll love this culinary meditation on family, mortality and what makes an unforgettable last meal. This made me reflect on my loved ones and the food that I find nourishing, this book a perfect accompaniment to pandemic related anxious snacking!

Erica J Golden

 

 

Marilynne Robinson: Gilead

Robinson here introduces beloved characters, most notably the elderly Congregationalist minister John Ames, through whose eyes this story of three generations of a family in America’s heartland is told. It is a beautifully written, tender story of fathers and sons, and of the beauty of ordinary life, starting with the Civil War and progressing into the twentieth century. Ames’ time is short, and his tale is told in a series of letters to his young son, so that he may know something of his father’s life, after he is gone. This is a quiet, reflective book, in which religion, relationships, love and happiness are mused upon with insight and affection. John Ames and his family are characters you will come to love, and Gilead is a book you will remember.

Christine Barraclough

Harry Sidebottom: Warrior of Rome III: Lion of the Sun

The third in Harry Sidebottom’s Warrior of Rome series featuring Ballista, a German tribesman fighting for Rome in the days of the late Empire. Set in Mesopotamia in AD 260, the Sassanids have inflicted a serious defeat on the Romans, and captured the frail old Emperor, Valerian. Ballista is determined to prevent the complete destruction of the Roman Empire, but also faces personal disaster as his family flee the invaders. Sidebottom is an eminent classical scholar, and his research and attention to detail are meticulous, his characters vivid. He ably handles suspense and action, and his battle scenes are brutally authentic. Ballista himself is an unconventional hero with enough flaws to keep him interesting, and to make you want to follow his story and discover his secrets. Lion of the Sun will keep you on the edge of your seat

Christine Barraclough

  

Ali Smith: The Accidental

When mysterious oddball Amber turns up at a Norfolk cottage being rented by the Smarts, she quickly insinuates herself into the family. Individual troubles are re-evaluated through the lens of Amber’s seeming wisdom, and lives are changed. But who is she and why did she come, and is she who she seems? The Accidental is a quirky but compelling novel that will draw you in, and you will be as curious to find out the answers as are the Smart family.

Christine Barraclough

 

 

Zadie Smith: Swing time

I got lost in this story of a friendship gone wrong and the memories of dance class, the pace kept me listening along to find out what had gone so wrong for the main character. I recommend this if you’ve not succeeded with any of Zadie Smiths other books, it was a lot easier to read than her more famous titles.

Erica J Golden

Children

Robert Munsch: The Paper Bag Princess

Ebook supported by enhanced narration and read along facility.
Not your average, run of the mill, pink and pretty princess! The main character in this picture book is not going to sit around and wait for someone else to solve her problems. A good story for reading if you are becoming more confident or for listening to, with the added bonus of being a brilliant World Book Day dress up character.

Zoe Chambers

 

 

Eve Sutton: My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes

A picture book suitable for pre and early readers with repetitive rhyming text. Each page matches cats from different parts of the world with their surprising talents who then joins the ever growing list of those met before. Lots of opportunities for predicting what comes next and for joining in.

Zoe Chambers

Evelyn recommends The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

“This is a great book that I read and loved. It was about a young boy called Bruno who moves from Germany to Poland because of his father’s work. He meets a new friend but there is a huge wire fence stopping them from playing together. A plan starts to unfold which involves a nasty ending.

My favourite part of the story was when Bruno went under the fence and realised how different the two sides were. I was pulled into the story by Bruno’s exploring. This book is very different to other books that I usually read but it made me realise just what used to go on in the world. Compared to other books it was one of the best by far emotion-wise and I would definitely recommend it!”

Take Evelyn’s advice and download The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for free.

 

May recommends All We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter 

“I really enjoyed this captivating book. It is about a girl who struggles because of something her brother did that influences her life. People aren’t always as they seem and turn on her when she needs them most but the book also shows that kindness will come through in the end. The characterisation really pulled me in, I just couldn’t stop reading! Even when I did, my thoughts were on this gripping book. I’d recommend it to teen readers who like real-life high school drama.”

Take May’s advice and download All We Could Have Been for free.

 

Madison (age 11) recommends Coming to England by Floella Benjamin 

“I liked this book because it’s amazing how life has changed over the years. The writer’s description really brought the characters’ emotions to life. Years ago life was so ‘trapped’ and school life was much more difficult. The fact that children were whacked with a thick leather belt must have been devastating and frightening. The author has used interesting words and writing such as similes and metaphors. A book has to draw your attention to it and make you want to read more books, this book did this for me.”

Take Madison’s advice and download Coming to England for free.

Alicia recommends Bad Dad by David Walliams 

Reviewed by Alicia, aged 6. “Bad Dad is a very funny book. It is about a boy called Frank and his dad. Frank’s dad loves racing fast cars. Frank and his dad go on lots of adventures in the book that will make you laugh a lot!” You can borrow Bad Dad too and see what you think.

Mia (age 6) recommends The Little Mermaid – Ariel and the Aquamarine Jewel 

“Ariel found a jewel on the beach and found out all her father’s jewels had been washed away.

I thought the book was a bit funny and I liked the story, and want to read more Ariel stories.”

You can borrow: The Little Mermaid – Ariel and the Aquamarine Jewel too by clicking here.

Layla (age 6) recommends Frozen – Melting Hearts 

“Anna and her friends went on a picnic and found heart shapes in flowers and rocks. It didn’t turn out to be Anna’s perfect picnic but Elsa made it better.

The book made me happy and I wanted to read more to find out what happened next.”

Click on this link to borrow a copy and see what you think.

Jake (age 9) recommends Frostheart by Jamie Littler 

Jake has been listening to the audiobook and says it is “An exciting debut novel from Jamie Littler, that had me in it’s trance. I was bursting to hear every part of it!”

He goes on to explain it as “…a book with vivid adventures, featuring a boy named Ash, a grumpy Yeti called Tobu and a magical sleigh- The Frostheart which contains a Leviathon heart engraved in the mast. The Frostheart is powered by a sunstone engine. Aboard the Frostheart, Ash meets Captain Knuck, Master Pod the first mate, Twinge the cook, Shard the evil songweaver and his new best friend Luna, who has a special talent for reading the stars.

Will Ash defeat the evil songweaver Shard with the help of the Crow Witch??? Borrow the book to find out!”

You can do just what he recommends and borrow your copy from Overdrive for free.

 

 

Poppy recommends The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead 

“I think this is a really good book! It’s very exciting and you just want to carry on reading,” says 10 year old Poppy. “The characters feel real and I can relate to the main character, Bea, because sometimes she does things that are quite naughty, even though she tries to do the right thing. I like books that are about real life situations and families and problems. It’s suitable for girls and boys aged 9+ and I give it 5 stars!”

Take Poppy’s advice and download The List of Things That Will Not Change here.

 

 

Eddie recommends Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg 

5 year old Eddie downloaded (with a bit of help from Mum!) ‘Each Peach, Pear, Plum’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg from the Libby App (run by Overdive, our e-book provider).

He was able to read some of the text himself and thoroughly enjoyed ‘looking for the characters hiding in the pictures and trying to guess the rhymes’.

Many grown ups remember this childhood book and I’m sure agree it’s a great feeling to pass it onto the next generation. If you are discovering this book for the first time…welcome to the party!

The E-Book version of Each Peach Pear Plum is available to borrow from Kirklees Libraries Overdrive.

 

 

Kirsty recommends The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart 

Book-loving Kirsty (aged 10) has been busy sharing book reviews and organising book swaps (from a safe distance) with her friends.

“The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart has the most amazing adventures within its cover as four remarkable children find themselves in a dangerous experience where their lives are at risk. Near the end of this book I found a magical, unexpected twist that made me feel so different when I read the next books in the series. That is another good thing about this book if you enjoy it there are more, including, 2 more adventures for the Mysterious Benedict Society children, Mr Benedict’s book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas and Curious Conundrums (this one will put YOU to the test) and finally, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.”

Download The Mysterious Benedict Society for free from Kirklees Overdrive.

 

 

Samuel recommends Moo La La by Stephanie Shaw 

Samuel, aged 6, says … “I love Moo la la because it is about a cow that wants to go shopping and it is very funny.”

To experience this fantastic children’s story for yourself head over to Libby where you can borrow this book as either an e-book or an e-audio book as well as checking out all the other wonderful children’s books available.

You can find copies of Moo La La in our Overdrive collection.

 

 

 

Lachlan recommends Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl 

This is Lachlan (age 8) reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. Lachlan loves the character of Mr Fox and the way he teases and torments the three farmers, Bunce, Boggis and Bean.

To experience this fantastic children’s story for yourself head over to Libby where you can borrow this book as either an e-book or an e-audio book as well as checking out all the other wonderful stories written by Roald Dahl.

 

 

 

 

Arran recommends The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen 

Here is a great recommendation from one of our young library users (aged 5). He says The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen is “a scary story about a fox that gets tricked every time by a hen”. He liked it because “It was great and interesting”. You can find it tucked away inside the Ladybird Favourite Stories collection. Browse the rest of our children’s e-books and audio here.