The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

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The Emerald Atlas:The Books of Beginning 1
I am amazed at the creativity and description John Stephens has used when writing this book! It is about three siblings , Kate, Michael and Emma, who have been tossed about from orphanage to orphanage when their parents left them. When the malicious Miss Crumley sends them to Cambridge Falls, the three children find themselves running back and forth in time through an old photo album. Soon the young explorers embark on an adventure meeting dwarfs and escaping from the sly Countess and her Howlers, an exploration that will save the world and never be forgotten. If you want to read a fantasy adventure book then all you will do before you finish this book is turn the pages of it! If you want to read more John Stephens then the sequel to The Emerald Atlas is called The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning 2, starring as well Kate, Michael and Emma, and of course, the ever-faithful giant, Gabriel! When I read this book I was so wrapped up in its original and interesting story that it was all I would think about day and night. Everyone that I have encountered who has read this book has loved it, but if you do read it( which I really hope you will) then just be sure to remember to let it inspire you to read other fantasy books, such as The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, or The White Giraffe by Lauren St John, as they are also truly amazing!>

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Bombs on Aunt Dainty by Judith Kerr

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Bombs on Aunt Dainty

A teenager in the Second World War, Anna’s life is hard enough. Money is scarce and Anna’s beloved family is classified as enemy aliens. That makes getting jobs an incredibly hard trial. So when Anna’s mother loses her job, life is just a matter of Anna coming home from her art classes and her mother telling her, before she even had the chance to ask ‘not this time’. In this collection of thoughtfully written sentences, I wondered whether Anna will ever lead a proper teenage love life, as there is a lot of description of the air raid sirens and food rationing. In the end Anna falls in love with her drawing teacher, John Cotmore. Personally I think that there could have been more time allocated to this section of Anna’s refugee life, after all, this is really the only part of the young teenagers life that is normal. It is funny how Anna and her older brother Max don’t express much fear at the air raids, only in one particular one. Bombs On Aunt Dainty is a sequel to When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, the first book in the series by Judith Kerr.  Judith Kerr has also written the book The Tiger Who Came to Tea and is still alive after living through the Second World War, fascinating!

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Bombs on Aunt Dainty by Judith Kerr