Annabel Gaskell

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Location: Nr Oxford, UK
In My Own Words:
Hi - I'm a sometime scientist now working in a school since having my daughter. Books are my passion and my blog is called Gaskella.

Books, blogging, more books and bookshops and yet more books. I love the movies too. I also spend a lot of time organising events for my daughter's PTA.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,063 - Total Helpful Votes: 1512 of 1808
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Panic by Lauren Oliver
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Scene - a small town in middle America, school's out for summer. For those who've graduated high school, finding a job will be a priority except for the lucky few who are off to college. It's a small town, no-one has any money - but there is one way out... win Panic - the top secret knock-out challenge with a pot of over $50k for the last one standing. Lauren Oliver's new thriller for older teens and up, explores the lives of this year's players - they all have their reasons for wanting the money.

Despite the severity of the series of challenges they have to go through, there was never quite enough danger for me - but then I am probably more used to the full-on goriness of adult… Read more
Are We All Scientific Experts Now? by Harry Collins
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This short book about the social science aspects of defining expertise in science raised more questions than it answered for me. The author wants to elevate the role of scientist back to that of the boffin in the white coat - for science to regain its respect - which is perhaps an admirable aim. However real life is not like that and we are criminally short of scientists and engineers in this country now. Making science seem too difficult is never going to encourage teenagers into it.

He uses some interesting cases to back his theories - the damage caused by the MMR vaccine and autism scandal, the SA government's decision not to give anti-retroviral drugs to pregnant women to… Read more
Northanger Abbey (Austen Project 2) by Val McDermid
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I wouldn't have put Val McDermid and Jane Austen together in a million years, yet she's pulled it off, reimagining Northanger Abbey as a teen-thriller for the Twilight generation for the second volume in Harper Collins' 'Austen Project'. The action is relocated to Edinburgh as seventeen year old Cat Morland is taken to the festival by family friends, where she makes new friends with first the Thorpes and then the Tilneys, the latter inviting her to their stately pile in the Scottish borders where Cat's overactive imagination runs riot as to the mysterious General Tilney's raison d'etre. It's clear that Val really enjoyed revisiting her inner-teenager, and although she's stayed pretty… Read more

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