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Cupcake Catastrophe! (Florence and the Meanies Book 1)
Cupcake Catastrophe! (Florence and the Meanies Book 1)
Price: £3.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Humour, 23 May 2014
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What a treat! Maureen Lynas has tinkered with the princess fairy tale cliche, replacing feminine helplessness with gumption and slathering everything with a wicked wit that keeps you reading from one rib-tickling scene to the next. Perfectly pitched at readers from seven years old up (and a good read-aloud for even the most snoriferous parent). Can't wait to see what Maureen does next!


BT Big Button 200 Corded Telephone - White
BT Big Button 200 Corded Telephone - White
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absurdly large buttons, unmissable and unlosable, 10 April 2014
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We've suffered a wireless unit for years. Oh the tense minutes spent digging behind the sofa cushions and searching under the bed as the phone rings and rings and rings. And then stops ringing as you find it. So we got a corded phone. But it was slimline and easily lost under a carelessly flung magazine. So this. It's MAGNIFICENT.


Close Your Pretty Eyes
Close Your Pretty Eyes
Price: £4.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and devastating, 7 Feb. 2014
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Sally Nicholls has done it again. The darkness underlying the story of damaged Olivia makes this a novel for older teens even though the protagonist at eleven will be much younger than readers. Remember Ways to Live Forever with its middle grade character going through a crisis that demands a level of maturity (and strength) from young adult readers? That. Well, though the word harrowing kept coming to mind as I read Close Your Pretty Eyes, I found myself on the side of its feisty narrator, willing her to survive her demons and discover hope. Olivia is real and unforgettable and this is a story that will not leave your thoughts for a long time.


Salvage
Salvage
Price: £4.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacy contemporary teen fiction with a mighty heart, 6 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Salvage (Kindle Edition)
The thing about a Keren David book is: once you start, it's impossible to stop reading. I think I used the word "unflinching" in a review of Keren's Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery, and unflinching is exactly what Salvage is. The story itself is just the tip of an iceberg of sharp social observation exploring all the layers of grey that divide this society we live in - what is privilege? What is family? What is hope? The messiness of the lives of the protagonists take us to the edge of hopelessness. I found myself shedding a few tears at the oddest moments - when Cass notices the fragility of her mother, despite the armour of make-up and hair treatments, when kindness is glimpsed through the relentless assault of despair. This is a book that says so much and feels so much, I was sorry when it ended because I didn't want to leave the protagonists behind. It is pacy contemporary teen fiction - unafraid to witness the worst - with a mighty heart.


Black Door Draught Excluder
Black Door Draught Excluder
Offered by Pet n Home
Price: £6.45

3.0 out of 5 stars More like a pillow in weight, 20 Dec. 2013
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Well it does what I want it to do. But really it's a bit lightweight for a draught excluder - in fact it could pass as a sofa cushion! For more serious draughty spots, I recommend you look at heavier draught excluders weighted with sand perhaps. But the price! Despite the reservations, I am very happy to be able to afford several for my less serious draught problems.


Fifteen Days Without a Head
Fifteen Days Without a Head
by Dave Cousins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-enlarging story, 6 Dec. 2013
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15 Days Without a Head tells the story of Laurence Roach who is busy trying to keep his family together - he's got an alcoholic mum and a brother who thinks he's a dog. He even dresses up as his mum to keep the Social at bay. Dave Cousins breaks your heart slowly then puts it back together again.. i couldn't put it down and I hope it wins EVERYTHING this year.


The Secret Hen House Theatre
The Secret Hen House Theatre
Price: £5.63

5.0 out of 5 stars All the books you ever loved as a child, 6 Dec. 2013
Hannah dreams of a life on the stage - which is as far removed as can be from her muddly life on her father's farm. Which doesn't stop Hannah from building her own theatre ... in the hen house. Helen Peters has written a story that calls to mind all the books you ever loved as a child. The Secret Hen House Theatre is going to be a classic!


NUK Multi Drying Rack
NUK Multi Drying Rack
Price: £14.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, useful - but not indispensible, 21 Nov. 2013
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This would make a great present to first time parents - it's sweet looking - and useful for drying all the odd bits of paraphernalia that come with baby stuff. But I have a nagging feeling that ultimately, it's not that necessary (most people these days would wash and dry their baby things in a dishwasher which has the added value of sterilizing the stuff). Nevertheless it will have its uses ... though perhaps more appropriate for folks who have the space for an extra drying rack.


Sawbones
Sawbones
Price: £3.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unputdownable thriller - historical CSI for young readers with strong stomachs, 9 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Sawbones (Kindle Edition)
Our hero is a freed Jamaican slave who become's a surgeon's apprentice - but hold your rolling eyeballs, anybody who thinks this means a lecture on race and justice. Because our hero Ezra MacAdam's origins are by-the-by in this pacy crime thriller that begins and ends with all manner of corpses, and not just that, 18th century anaesthetic-free amputations with bone saws and body bits everywhere. Catherine Johnson assembles a multicultural London cast - glimpses of life in the Ottoman empire and woot, Russian espionage! There's a red-headed magician's daughter with a dangerous attachment to a rapier, a tongueless corpse with a strange tattoo, a mysterious ragamuffin boy with posh manners, Resurrectionists who sell cadavers to surgeons (it's legal as long as you don't rob graves to get them). It's an adventure, a history, a comment on society - teachers looking for a way to enthuse readers will have fun unpacking Catherine Johnson's world (I can see children building CSI style crime scene boards as they read). Johnson, who writes for Holby City, knows how to grab the reader by the scruff of the neck - and her grip stays strong and steady as the chapters fly by.


The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
by David Almond
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Phonetic spelling a struggle for this reader, 27 Oct. 2013
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I was so looking forward to this book by one of my favourite authors. But! I just can't get through the use of phonetic spelling. I am so sorry. I will keep trying ...


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