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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 …

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Another Twist in the Tale by Catherine Bruton

December 10, 2020

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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.

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 …

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Black cats born at midnightAre different indeedA mischievous, oddAnd 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, …

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