It’s 1936 and three children, Leo, Max and Elsa are riding the giant Ferris wheel in Vienna, celebrating Leo’s 9th birthday, having fun in the sunshine together, unaware that very soon life will change forever. Elsa and her family move to Prague in Czechoslovakia, Max has to move as his father has been promoted so they go to Munich, and Leo who remembers a seeing a letter from an English couple his family had literally bumped into. This is the story of their lives over the next 10 years, told from each child’s viewpoint. The paths they choose to take and the roads they are led down, a shared photograph, full of love, family, friendship.
It’s one of those stories that will remain in your heart for a long time, one of those books that should be on every senior schools reading list. It’s full of powerful words, descriptive prose, and you can almost smell some of the situations the children find themselves in.
It is based on the true story of the author’s father.
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
If you’ve seen the film Oliver! or read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens you’ll love this new book from Catherine Bruton. This is literally another Twist, a girl brought into the world minutes ahead of her better known brother Oliver, who is now heir to the Brownlow fortune. But baby girls left at the workhouse in Victorian London are considered less worth than boys and too expensive to keep. So she is left by the riverside on a rubbish heap in the snow. But all is not lost. The baby girl is discovered by Baggage Jones who names her Twill, as she makes a noise like a little bird, and she grows up with Baggage and her friends who work in one of the more notorious gambling dens South of the river The time passes quickly until Twill is 14 and she is growing up fast. The owner of the gambling den has plans for her but Baggage manages to get Twill to safety in time. Left to her own devices Twill begins her adventures North of the river meeting the Sassy Sisterhood, the Artful Dodger, and other characters we recognise from Oliver’s story. Twill is a string charter, capable of making her own decisions and not shy of coming forward to say what she thinks. It’s a great book, full heroes and villains , and you can almost smell the atmosphere in some of the scenes. A great take on a classic story. Buy it or reserve from your local library and you won’t be disappointed.
Hi everyone, writing this as we’re back in lockdown here in Somerset. I hope you are all ok and if you’re looking for something to read, or to read to children, that you might find something on childrensbooksequels.co.uk.
I’m late with this update post as I’ve had a nightmare 3 weeks with all the book cover images disappearing on Google Chrome. It is now sorted, thanks to the wizard that does all the techy bits to the site. The difference between http & https – it’s all in the detail. If you have missing images please let me know. Try refreshing the page first.
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Well, autumn is well and truly here. I’m writing this as Storm Alex is battering the front of the house here in Somerset. We’ve had two Super Thursdays lately with lots of new children’s titles being published. Most of those were added to the children’s book sequels website previously, but if you follow me on twitter @ChiBkSequels you can find all the details there. I sat and did the income figures for September 2020 this morning. A grand total of £12. This comes via affiliates with Waterstones, Hive, and Amazon. If you click the link next to the book title and buy absolutely anything, I get a very small percentage of the cost price at no extra charge to you. Every little helps with the running costs of the server and domains.
There are a couple of new book reviews on the blog, so scroll down to find them. I am always happy to do reviews. I add them here on the blog, Amazon, Waterstones, W.H. Smith and Goodreads.
If you are a children’s author or publisher and you discover a series or an update that I’ve missed, please let me know, via the comment section or DM on Twitter, and I’ll update the site as soon as possible.
So here’s the list of new series added and updates:
Black cats born at midnight Are different indeed A mischievous, odd And peculiar breed
And so begins the tale of a little black kitten born at midnight. Her older brother and sister behave but Midnight is different, she has magical ways, bringing an old broomstick to life and giving it a life of its own. Abandoned by her mother, brother, and sister, she only has her loyal broomstick, Twiggy, as her friend. But then they are befriended by Trixie and her family. Although Trixie’s Dad is not too keen, her Nan is certainly up for an adventure. Midnight does try to behave but it’s boring so she thought she would show Trixie a little bit of magic. But like most magical adventures one thing leads to another. Oops. I loved this adventure for younger readers. It’s great fun to read out loud as it’s all in verse, but easy to read as an introduction to chapter books. Elissa Elwick’s wonderful illustrations bring Midnight to life and I can’t wait to find out what happens next to Midnight, Twiggy, and Trixie. I was given this book by the publishers for a frank & honest review.