Seasides and Swimming Pools

Norfolk schools finished for summer this week which means the calm before the storm has descended in our office….the storm being the return of this term’s project boxes and the collating and packing of new ones ready to be sent out for September!

Though we’re gearing up for a busy summer, we’re still finding time to read books- here are this week’s water-themed Friday Reads.

Apryl: Lorali by Laura Dockrill 

LoraliI am a self-confessed Laura Dockrill fangirl, so to say I was looking forward to ‘Lorali’- her first YA novel- is an understatement. The novel focuses on a Mermaid who is discovered by a teenage boy called Rory when she is washed up on a beach in Hastings and while it’s not ordinarily the type of book I would read, I loved it SO much-it’s just SO clever! I really enjoyed the way that the chapters shifted between the perspectives of three narrators (Rory, Lorali, and The Sea) and as always, Laura has such an creative and poetic way of describing her book’s characters; I loved the stylish Ablegare boys and of course, Lorali herself.

(Hot Key Books, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781471404221)

Harriet: Pool by JiHyeon Lee

poolThis is a lovely and very funny wordless picture book by a Korean artist.  A lone swimmer dives into a swimming pool well below a riotous gang of splashy, noisy people playing with water toys on the surface. Along with another diver they explore the silent depths which magically fill with fish. Simple but with lots to enjoy.

(Chronicle Books, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781452142944)

(Our previous Friday Read recommendations can be found here).

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