There are some books that can transport you back to childhood at a mere mention. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is one of those books. So, when I heard that popular children’s author Holly Webb had written a sequel, I was delighted that she has continued on that wonderful story and will reintroduce a new generation of children to one of the best classic children’s books. I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The Return to the Secret Garden, and Holly also kindly agreed to answer my questions about what inspired her to write a sequel which you can read here.
Skellig is a unique and well thought out book that has won many awards. The plot is based around a baby, a garage and what you could call a creature, who seems weird at first but then grows on you. The main character, Michael, is an average person who loves football. He meets Mina, who is an incredibly clever person who loves the work of the author William Blake. As soon as they meet they click, and after that become very good friends.
Sometimes it feels like there’s a perception that the dystopia genre only really started with books like The Hunger Games and of course that’s not the case. Writers have always thought about how the future may be different from the present. Dystopian books were sometimes referred to as sci-fi, which doesn’t seem to happen so much now. The current refugee crisis made me think about one of my favourite dystopian books, The Ice People by Maggie Gee. I read it when it was first published in 1998, it blew me away then and re-reading it had the same effect. Initial scenes in The Ice People are set in the 2020s, not so distant now, but deal with issues that are very much present in 2015: the effects of climate change, chaotic government, use of technology, ethnicity, sexuality, and, most pertinently in 2015, the effect of all of those issues in displacing people and the consequential refugees
The summer holidays are fast approaching and although a book is the perfect way to while away a rainy day, on those rare days when we do have nice weather where can you go? Here are some places (and books) to fire up your child’s imagination in Cheshire and nearby areas (day trip territory) and the books that they might inspire you to read. I’ve only included places that are either free to visit or reasonably priced. No theme parks or other expensive attractions here…
Sometimes children may feel like they want to be someone else for a bit, well in this book by Penelope Farmer, Charlotte really get to experience how it feels to be someone else and has all the ups and downs to put up with along the way