Party Preview!

We’ll keep it brief this week, mostly because we’d like to draw your attention to our post yesterday celebrating World Book Day, and because we’re off to Norwich Castle this afternoon for the first of our special Peters Book Award parties! We’re very excited about these events (one today and another next week) and lots of preparation has been taking place in our office this week; we were even honing our painting skills.

We’ll be sharing a recap of these over the next few weeks but in the mean time, you can see our shadowing page here– full of news and reviews from our team and some of those schools taking part.

Friday Reads below!

Apryl: The Pirates of Pangaea, Book 1 by Daniel Hartwell, illustrated by Neill Cameron

PiratesIt had been a while since I read a graphic novel, but picking this up triggered an unexpected dive back into the format (I’ve now got a huge stack by my bed waiting to be read!). I really enjoyed the idea behind this story- it’s the 18th century, and Pangaea is a lost land where dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures exist alongside Pirates and the rest of the island’s other residents. Oh and most importantly, it has a FEMALE HEROINE. I look forward to reading book 2!

(David Fickling Books, £9.99 paperback, ISBN 9781910200087, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

Mandy: The Butterfly Garden by Laura Weston            

BUTTERFLYThis beautiful picture book is a must for your KS 1 minibeast projects. It is technically a board book, but don’t be deceived! Hidden in the monochrome pages are many flaps, each revealing in glorious colour the lifecycle and migration of the monarch butterfly. But don’t just keep this in KS 1, it will have another life in the hands of older children too as we feed their ‘hungry eyes’ with gorgeous images.

(Templar Publishing, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781783702831)

Zoë: Diamonds and Daggers by Elen Caldecott

diamondsDiamonds and Daggers is the first in a new series, The Marsh Road Mysteries, featuring Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie.

It was an enjoyable easy-going read with several interesting characters. There is an underlying theme that Piotr’s parents may decide that the family must return to Poland, a country he doesn’t know, and his fears about leaving behind everything that is familiar.

Andrew, thrilled that Betty Massimo, a famous Hollywood actress, is starring in the local theatre production, buoys up his friends so that, they too, want to see her. They are hopeful that Piotr’s dad, a security guard at the theatre, may be able to help them.

Unfortunately, before they can meet her, Betty’s valuable diamond necklace is stolen, with Piotr’s dad being the chief suspect. This is a disaster for Piotr, as his parents decide perhaps they should return to Poland. Will he and his friends solve the mystery before it’s too late?

(Bloomsbury, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781408847527, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

You can find our other Friday read posts here.

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