Book Reviewing

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

This has been a week to attend to the frilly bits of life as a writer. I have been doing lots of Instagram posts - thanks for all the likes - and lots of reading. 

If you want to write good stories you must read good stories.  And bad ones too.  Read everything you can because it will all inform your writing.  According to Scholastic children learn an average of 4,000 to 12,000 new words each year as a result of book reading! For more amazing reading facts, check out the Scholastic page loaded with reading facts.

This week I have had the wonderful task of reading The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill.  You can see my review on the bookshelf.  It gets ten out of ten stars - in fact, it gets all the stars in the universe. 

An author who is also worth a read but you have probably already discovered is Eva Ibbotson.  I haven't reviewed any of her books yet - I may ask a guest reviewer to do it.  Any offers?  Please do let me know - I would really love to have more guest reviewers on the site, ideally aged between 8 and 13 but all ages are welcome.  Today I am doing a Bray Book Fairy drop of three wonderful Eva Ibbotson titles.  Look on Instagram for clues on their whereabouts.  



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Teachers - have you discovered @BookPenPals? A new initiative pairing authors & illustrators with schools to make reading recommendations via postcards. They're pretty oversubscribed, but if you're interested it might be worth getting your name on the waiting list. They have some fabulous authors on board.