The Mystery Of Me – review

The Mystery of Me is by that fab and clever writer Karen McCombie (and I can say that because I’ve met her and she’s lovely and also she writes great stories) and is illustrated by my Electrigirl collaborator Cathy Brett, so to be frank I was already expecting to like it! It’s a slight story … More The Mystery Of Me – review

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Nostalgia and Maggots at the Haringey Book Awards

School librarians work SO hard. Every year, there are regional awards for children’s books, and they’re all organised by a cohort of passionate and dedicated librarians. On Monday, I took several train journeys to Wood Green, which was a real trip of nostalgia because it’s where I lived in halls of residence in my first … More Nostalgia and Maggots at the Haringey Book Awards

St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys – review

Karen McCombie’s latest book, St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys, is a highly enjoyable romp through ‘alternative’ education. Dani’s mum is a zoologist, and when she’s offered the opportunity of her career, studying penguins’ bums in the Antarctic, it means putting Dani in boarding school. Dani isn’t at all pleased by this, … More St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys – review