The first book I bought at Somerset,
I’ve already read and reviewed and it’s on the Book Reviews Children’sYA-older tab:-
A Corner of White by Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
The second book I bought was:-
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Brief Goodreads review
This is a great YA book.
I love how Cath Crowley introduces imperfect characters in perfect ways. Their faults and frailties making them who they are, the guys may appear though, their exterior may be rough and ready, burly and bullish, but underneath they are poets and artists, while the girls, maybe highly strung and intense, over the top and dizzy, but underneath creative and caring giving depth to all the characters.
The reader is drawn into the world of graffiti artists, out of control parties and a dark night in the park being attacked by some very bad people. Cath makes real the young people who are celebrating finishing year 12 complicated. Growing up is never easy.
The third book I bought was:-
Goodbye, Mr Hitler by Jackie French
brief Goodreads review
This was a moving and gruelling tale. The story shows how love can replace hate even after it has been ingrained by torture and mistreatment. I’ll have a full review shortly.
The Fourth book I bought was:
Friday Barnes Girl Detective by R A Spratt
Goodreads brief review
I’ve just finished Friday Barnes Girl Detective and chortled through it. As R A Spratt spoke to her audience at Somerset I knew I’d love it. Rachel Spratt is bold, loud and over the top, but Friday Barnes prefers to be ignored and to go unnoticed.
I’ll have a full review shortly but will happily recommend this book to any adventurous young adult.
Books I’ve bought and read since Somerset
girl saves boy by Steph Bowe
|Who would know that Nina doesn’t have a normal family? Why would Spencer even suspect Nina of being anything other than an enchanting new girl at school? This story revolves around how Nina and Spencer keep their daily lives secret.
Nina hates the life she has. She’s counting down the days until she reaches eighteen and can leave her family for good. She doesn’t want to keep doing what her crazy mother wants her to do. She doesn’t want her younger brother to be going through the same brainwashing. Her father is a good teacher and he loves teaching. Why does he let her mother call the shots? She literally wants them to continue to rob banks. She trains Nina and her brother to pickpocket and break and enter cars. Nina feels the strain of constantly moving towns when all she really wants to do is settle down into a normal house, with normal friends going to a normal school. She really does like Spencer but she always has to be on guard. No one can know that the family she is part of, is one step ahead of the law. She also knows they are only in this town for four months, so it’s no good getting too involved with anyone.
The collision course Nina and Spencer are on moves this story to the next level and makes it a real page-turner.
Steph is young herself and draws on her own experiences to write close to the bone adolescent feelings. I loved this book and will now go to read her other two books, Boy Saves Girl she wrote when she was fifteen, and Night Swimming her latest release in 2017
The next event I attended was a View Club Literary Luncheon with Josephine Moon and Jenny Old who wrote McAllister which has now been re-released as Back of Beyond.
I purchased The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon as I’d already acquired a copy of McAllister at a Gold Coast Writers meeting. I’ve yet to read this.
Brief Goodreads review:- The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon
|This is a delightful book about family conflict, guilty secrets and appalling cover-up of sexual misconduct by Catholic Priests. The book reads like one best friend chatting to another. Its charm and the comparison between bees and people a tangible cohesive layer to the story.
I’ll have a full review shortly and will endeavour to read all of Josephine Moon’s books.