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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The Phantom Lollipop Man! - blog post image

The Phantom Lollipop Man!

Review to follow (busy week!) but, as you can see, I adored this hence its position as the March Book of the Month!  



Igniting Writing is a creative writing club hosted at Wokingham Library and completely free to attend. The club provides a fun, relaxed atmosphere where 11-18 year-olds can develop their storytelling and writing skills. Writing can be a bit of a solitary activity, so this provides a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings, 10:30am to 12noon, and focus on a different aspect of writing every week, from creating characters and settings to exploring genres like sci-fi, fantasy and beyond. Roughly once a month Igniting Writing also hosts 'guest speaker' sessions, where local authors, poets, journalists and other people experienced in the world of writing come and share their knowledge and advice – it's a chance to get the inside scoop from the pros!