The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have such time for what Hilary McKay does, and The Time of Green Magic is a joy. Wild, rich, fantastical, and full of intense, palpable danger, it’s a dream. McKay is good, so good, and the day she is givenContinue reading “The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay”

The Skylarks War by Hilary McKay

The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay My rating: 5 of 5 stars Endlessly beautiful, in that way that only Hilary McKay can be, The Skylarks War is perfect. I thought it might be on page ninety-seven, and then when I finished it and let out a great gasping sob at that ending, I knew itContinue reading “The Skylarks War by Hilary McKay”

Binny Bewitched : Hilary McKay

Binny Bewitched by Hilary McKay My rating: 5 of 5 stars Binny Bewitched returns to the Cornwallis household and sees the family in disarray. Binny herself has misplaced something that wasn’t hers to start off with. James and his new best friend are engrossed in their own adventures, whilst Clem is acting particularly oddly. CoupledContinue reading “Binny Bewitched : Hilary McKay”

Binny Keeps a Secret : Hilary McKay

Binny Keeps a Secret by Hilary McKay My rating: 5 of 5 stars Binny Keeps A Secret sees Binny join a new school. This doesn’t go terribly well, and Binny is thrilled when a bad storm hits the town and wrecks the roof of their house. They have to move to a rented property inContinue reading “Binny Keeps a Secret : Hilary McKay”

Indigo’s Star : Hilary McKay

Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the second in the Casson Family series by Hilary McKay. It reads well as a standalone (an understatement, it reads perfectly and joyously and richly, like the best slice of cake at the best possible time on the best possible day) butContinue reading “Indigo’s Star : Hilary McKay”

Binny for Short : Hilary McKay

Binny for Short by Hilary McKay My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s hard to write about family, I think sometimes. It’s a thing that a lot of people do for families, in their odd and pained and viciously real shapes, are part of all our lives and they are something which remain intensely personal.Continue reading “Binny for Short : Hilary McKay”

How To Be Brave has been nominated for the 2022 Carnegie Awards

When I knew that How To Be Brave was going to be published, I made a little bucket list for it and this was one of those things. I still cannot quite believe that it’s happened. Thank you to everyone who’s supported the girls in their adventures so far. You’re the best. Do take theContinue reading “How To Be Brave has been nominated for the 2022 Carnegie Awards”

2016 : the year in children’s literature

“Wasn’t it good?” The sound of Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson slide into my ears as I settle down to write this look back at the bookish year, and they’re┬ámore of an appropriate soundtrack than I originally thought they were. 2016 has been a year, a whole hefty stomach punch of a year, and yetContinue reading “2016 : the year in children’s literature”

News and more from this week in the world of children’s literature

Hello! It’s your weekly roundup of Things Which May Be Interesting! As ever, if you’ve got anything that you think should be included, let me know? Enjoy! 1. Nosy Crow features a 20 month old retelling of one of their stories (not as in an old retelling, a retelling by a very young individual!). It’sContinue reading “News and more from this week in the world of children’s literature”

Gifted and Talented children in children’s literature

I’m working on my dissertation at present and am discussing the representation of Gifted and Talented Children in children’s literature. Following both a plea on Twitter (thanks Tweeps!) and Mailing Lists (thanks, er, Meeps?), I now have a fairly healthy list of G+T characters / titles which I thought I’d share. Anybody else you thinkContinue reading “Gifted and Talented children in children’s literature”