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Review: Release by Patrick Ness

“A startling and tender novel about how to let yourself love and set yourself free by Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. Today will change Adam Thorn’s life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a […]

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Book Review: Jinx by Meg Cabot

It wasn’t just the power failure the night Jean Honeychurch was born that earned her the nickname Jinx: misfortune seems to follow her wherever she goes. Which is why she’s been shipped off to New York to stay with relatives – including her sophisticated cousin Tory – until the trouble she’s caused back in her […]

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Getting to Know You: What defines you?

I thought this would be a good question today. The inspiration was that I was teaching a lesson about motivational speaking. We watched a video of a TED talk, of a speech by Lizzie Velasquez, about just this topic. What defines me? I had to think hard about this, as I realised it’s something I […]

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Book Review: Rule by Ellen Goodlet

Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown. The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos. Or rather, three unexpected options. Zofi has spent her […]

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Book Review: The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over […]

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