29 January 2014

Poems from a beautiful and tough mind

Come What May
By Henry Disney

Once again Henry Disney offers the reader a collection ranging across some childhood memories, youthful military service in Cyprus, his varied experience as a scientist of repute (in Belize, Cameroon, Yorkshire and Cambridge), reflections on people and situations, political comment, his love for his late wife, delight in his family, his enjoyment of nature, and much else; all viewed within the context of his hard headed Christian faith that is more concerned with how we respond to situations and people encountered than with dogma. Compassion, psychological insight and humour are essential ingredients of these diverse poems that repay reading again and again. ....Find out more

21 January 2014

Two great stories: Riley's Lost Tooth | Good-bye Baby Max, highly recommended!

About the Books

Riley's Lost Tooth by Diane CantrellTitle: Riley's Lost Tooth Author: Diane Cantrell Illustrator: Heather Castles Publication Date: February 16, 2010 Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group Number of pages: 24 Recommended age: 4+

Oh no! One of Sunday's very favorite humans, Riley, has lost her tooth! But where did it go? How did she lose it? Why does no one besides Sunday seem to care? It isn't long before the tooth fairy steps in and tries to teach the pups all about growing up. Join Sunday and her two puppy-pals, Precious and Mr. Lee, as they try to hunt down . . . Riley s lost tooth!

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17 January 2014

Introducing Sue Hampton, author and ambassador for Alopecia UK

ALOPECIA UK are delighted to announce children’s author Sue Hampton as an ambassador for the charity. Sue has lived with alopecia totalis for over thirty years. She has written 18 novels for 6 – 16 plus including one book in particular, ‘The Waterhouse Girl’, which draws on her own experiences with alopecia. The book has been praised by world famous author Michael Morpurgo (author of ‘War Horse’) saying it was “beautifully written”.
Sue's aim is to inspire young people to both read and write. To do this she not only writes but also visits schools to run writing workshops and has already visited over 300 schools. As an ex-teacher (once nominated Teacher of the Year!) she adapts her workshops to the requirements of different schools, which even involves tailoring them to help young people in school with alopecia
If you would like to read more about the work of Sue Hampton, see how to obtain a copy of her books or even see how to go about getting a school to arrange a visit for Sue to do a workshop please have a look at her website.

14 January 2014

Quick upbeat original short stories ideal for coffee break and commute

Out On Top - A Collection of Upbeat Short Stories
By Steve Morris

"Take your pick: - Wrongs put right. Second chances in life. Lost loves reunited."

We are long overdue a break.
Out on Top is a bag of stories where wrongs are often put right.
Instead of dwelling on what might have been, characters get their chances to rectify their regrets and tidy up their troubled pasts.
Once-reluctant Romeos, clever creatures and innovative new technology sees the cast of Out on Top get second chances to see the truth finally come out whether it wants to or not.
From the author of In All Probability,
Out on Top sees Steve Morris return to set a few things straight. ....Find out more

10 January 2014

Nice gentle stories but thought provoking too and could really be read at any time of the year

"Really enjoyed these three stories written by Sue for Christmas. They all have a different theme, a nativity play where Robbie wants to be an angel not an alien, Trouble the donkey who won't do anything without a carrot - a traditional Christmas story with a twist, and a sad but ultimately uplifting story about Etta who feels lonely at Christmas but finds a tiny animal to keep her company!
Nice gentle stories but thought provoking too and could really be read at any time of the year. The illustrations, by the children Sue met at schools she has visited, are warm and appealing and bring the book to life."
Lesley Martin, librarian, Coventry

About the book
Sue Hampton captures the spirit of Christmas with three warm-hearted stories full of humour, mystery and magic – starring a boy who’d rather be an angel than a globalob, a donkey called Trouble and a girl with a cracker-sized lamb. With illustrations by children from schools Sue has visited, this is a book to make you smile at any time of year.
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7 January 2014

A light-hearted detective novel set in an eighteenth-century Yorkshire village

Death by Aloe-Seed: A Country Parson’s Singular Tale
By Julius Falconer

Thrilling novel about a hapless vicar saddled with a mind-boggling murder inquiry dumped on him by the less than capable officers of the law.

Time: the autumn of 1728. 

Place: the usually tranquil Yorkshire village of Sherburn in Elmete. 

Except that it finds itself the scene of an increasingly sinister chain of events: theft, robbery on the king’s highway, arson.
And finally murder. 

Expertly edited for modern readers, this second chronicle of the doings of the vicar of Sherburn draws the reader cosily into eighteenth-century village life where, travel arduous and time-consuming, curses feared and officers of the law less than eager to pursue their functions. ....Find out more