Giveaway — Defender of the Realm by Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby: books one and two

After the great battle at King Alfie’s coronation, the nation thinks it’s seen the last of the Black Dragon, and Alfie gets busy learning what it means to fill his father’s shoes. But when a band of undead Vikings appears, Alfie, Hayley and the rest of the Yeoman Warders fear that Professor Lock is back to finish what he’s started. For the epic battle that’s brewing, Alfie will need to enlist help from abroad, as well as from a mysterious new friend who seems to be watching over him…

Giveaway — Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bishop (illustrations by Ashley King)

Erica's ElephantSylvia Bishop’s first book, Erica’s Elephant, will be published by Scholastic on 2 June 2016. This lovely story tells the tale of Erica, who wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him? See below for a giveaway to win a copy and find out more about Erica and her unexpected elephant…


One year blogiversary — giveaway

Blogiversary1Well, that went by quickly! It’s been one year since we started blogging and we are treating the bank holiday weekend as a three-day blogiversary…Powered by Reading was born out of our love of books and frankly just being excited by the challenge of doing something new. It’s been a steep learning curve: getting to know bloggers and authors (mainly via Twitter), learning about blogging and blog design (on which there will be more posts over the weekend), and most importantly of all discovering and reading so many books that we never would have known about if it had not been for the blog. So, a big thank you to everyone who has visited our blog and to the bloggers, readers, authors and publishers who have been so welcoming in the Twitterverse. And we are celebrating our blogiversary with a giveaway! For more details read on…

Giveaway — The Fist (The Inventory #1) by Andy Briggs

Iron Fist1Have you seen that the first in the new series by Andy Briggs has been published? To win a copy of The Fist (The Inventory #1) scroll down to enter the giveaway and see details of the book and blog tour. So, what is The Fist about? Well, the rules are: if you find a secret inventory of utterly deadly battle tech do not try it, do not tell anyone, and do not let thieves in behind you! What’s more secret than top-secret? The Inventory. Home to the deadliest inventions the world isn’t ready for!

International book giving day — ‘lucky dip’ giveaway

2016-blogbadgeDid you know that as well as being Valentine’s Day, the 14th February is international book giving day? We can’t think of a better gift than a book, it’s like giving someone a journey to another place, insight into another person’s world, or just hours and hours of enjoyment – what other gift can do that for the price of a book!

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