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#BookReview: The Pets at Primrose Cottage: Part Four No Place Like Home by Sheila Norton #MPBooks

The Pets at Primrose Cottage part four book coverTitle: The Pets at Primrose Cottage: Part Four No Place Like Home

Author: Sheila Norton

Publisher: Ebury Digital

Genre: Contemporary

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Description:  With Emma’s past threatening to ruin her life in quiet Crickleford, she’s running out of options. If people – especially Matt, her reporter friend – find out her secret, it might force her to leave the place she’s come to think of as home.
When flooding strikes the town while Emma is looking after an elderly couple’s dog, she has to take her biggest risk yet – but could this be the one that blows her cover for good? And if it does, can Crickleford – and Matt – ever accept Emma for who she truly is?Read More »

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#BookReview: Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall #MPBooks

Jabari Jumps book coverTitle: Jabari Jumps

Author/Illustrator: Gaia Cornwall

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description: Jabari watches the other kids jumping off the diving board.  “Looks easy,” he says.
But when Jabari’s turn comes, he squeezes his dad’s hand.  The diving board is high…and maybe a little scary.Read More »

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#BookReview: Scream All Night by Derek Milman #MPBooks

Scream All Night book coverTitle: Scream All Night

Author: Derek Milman

Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

Genre: YA Contemporary

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Description: DARIO HEYWARD KNOWS ONE THING He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film–The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past–and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy–and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens–Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past–and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?Read More »

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#BookReview: The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies & Rebecca Cobb #MPBooks

The Day the War Came book coverTitle: The Day War Came

Author: Nicola Davies

Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Children’s picture book

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Description:  Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came and turned your town to rubble.  Imagine if you had to make a dangerous journey all alone, with no welcome at the end.  Imagine you had lost everything and everyone, and then a child, just like you, gave you something small but very, very precious…Read More »

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#BookReview: The Pets at Primrose Cottage: Part Three Trust Your Heart by Sheila Norton #MPBooks

The Pets at Primrose Cottage part three book coverTitle: The Pets at Primrose Cottage: Part Three Trust Your Heart

Author: Sheila Norton

Publisher: Ebury Digital

Genre: Contemporary

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Description:  Emma Nightingale finds she’s accidentally becoming something of a local celebrity in the small town of Crickleford, and it seems that everyone wants her to look after their pets.
While looking after a hamster, she accidentally uncovers a mystery that threatens to draw even more attention to her. With nowhere to turn, soon Emma will have to make a decision that could cost her everything…Read More »

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#BookReview: The City of Secret Rivers by Jacob Sager Weinstein #MPBooks

The City of Secret Rivers book coverTitle: The City of Secret Rivers

Author: Jacob Sager Weinstein

Illustrator: Euan Cook

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Older children’s/middle grade fiction, fantasy, comedy

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Description: Hyacinth Heyward has only just arrived in London, but she’s already accidentally unleashed magical powers flowing under the city.
Now her mother has been kidnapped by Royal Mail uniform-wearing monsters, and a giant pig in a swimsuit is insisting on an underground tea party.
Her new neighbour, Lady Roslyn, has other plans, and the clock is ticking.  Can Hyacinth save her mother and her city?Read More »