Tuesday, 3 June 2014

NEW BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ!

Stuck for something cool to read? Don't panic - we have recommendations to suit all tastes, and the authors themselves are here to tell you about them!

Jo Cotterill says:
My new book, LOOKING AT THE STARS, is about a girl called Amina who lives in a country where girls aren't allowed to go to school. Amina hates being told what to do, and when an army invades to liberate the country, she is hopeful things will get better... but they don't. Amina and her sister have to walk to a refugee camp in search of help. Once I finished writing it, I realised the book has everything I believe in one story. Amina learns that imagination and creativity are as important as other talents, and bring hope to those who've lost everything. Amina believes passionately that girls are just as good as boys, which of course I do, too! LOOKING AT THE STARS is suitable for readers of eleven and upwards... be warned, it has some sad stuff in it, but lots of uplifting bits too. Hopefully it will make you smile and cry at the same time!

Ali Sparkes says:
I've been writing all my life, but my first book was  published in 2006. I mainly write Sci-Fi action adventure novels for kids aged 9+ up to teens. My new book, DESTINATION EARTH, features the Isle of Wight, aliens and a 1980s jazz funk hero from the band Level 42... it's a bonkers mash up of all the things I like best! Fast paced action with kids from earth and beyond, plus one of my favourite holiday destinations and some great retro funk helping to save the world! There's a trailer up on my website, www.alisparkes.com along with a playlist of all the songs from the story - check it out, I think you'll like it!
Kate Maryon says:
I had a traumatic childhood, full of all sorts of things that children should never have to experience. Picking up a pen to write was a really helpful way of expressing and processing the pain and sadness I was feeling inside. My books are all about ordinary girls who find themselves facing an extraordinary situation. I think they are the place where my experience of having a difficult childhood and the understanding I have gained from helping thousands of children through their troubles, meet.
INVISIBLE GIRL, my new book, is out now. Gabriella Midwinter used to have a home - she wasn't invisible back then. Caught between arguing parents and moving house, twelve year old Gabriella somehow slips through the cracks and finds herself living on the streets, more alone than ever before. The big city streets are no place for a young girl - but they are all she's got, unless she can find her older brother Beckett. Unless she can find herself a home.


Cathy says:
Kate, Jo and Ali are lovely friends and fab writers... I definitely recommend their books! COMMENT BELOW if you've read any of these books, fancy giving them a go or if you have some great recommendations of your own to share!

13 comments:

  1. I think we have all read the Hunger Games triology and The Fault In Our Stars but if you have not read them please do they are works of art....... along with the Cathy Cassidy books!!!!!!!!! Emma :)

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    1. The Hunger Games are a less interesting rip off of Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, a book so controversial it was banned in Japan. It was also made into a movie long before The Hunger Games. If you liked The Hunger Games, I strongly suggest Battle Royale. It's far superior, as originals often are. It has all of the action without any of the irrelevant rambling and sickly saccharine characters we're supposed to like. Ahem. Battle Royale all the way! Out with The Hunger Games! Don't reward plagiarism!
      Blue. :-)

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    2. The hunger games is awesome

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    3. Agreed!!!!

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    4. Dear blue - the hunger games is amazing exhilarating and the emotion it can bring out of one person is astonishing. I admire the hunger games. when you suffer depression there is few things that make your life worth while and i was down deep to far to reach and at my lowest point i picked up a copy alot the hunger games i finished the three books in three days and it wasn't just katniss peeta prim and gale it was finnick and Annie and Johanna that really and truly spoke to me so the hunger games isn't a rip of of a bad read the hunger games is amazing and yet somehow life saving :) c

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  2. I thoroughly recommend the book Running Wild, by Michael Morpurgo. It's an incredible tale, based on a true story, about a boy whose dad dies, and him and his mum go to Indonesia, but there is a Tsunami and his mum dies as well. I won't give anything away, but basically the boy gets taken into the Jungle by the Elephant he is riding when the Tsunami strikes, and the book is about his struggles surviving, and how he connects with the animals there. There are some surprising moments included as well. It sounds sad, but there are happy parts to balance out the sad moments, and it is an extremely good read. (I've read it around seven or eight times!)

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    1. I love that book! It's an amazing read!

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  3. I like the sounds of Jo and Ali's books. They seem like those stories that really make you think about the world & how sometimes things just never go right!

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  4. I won Looking At The Stars through the blog Girls Heart Books and I really, really, REALLY recommend it! It is so sad, but so happy as well. It is just full of emotions. ( and I might have cried in a few parts... Shhh...) Looking At The Stars is one of my favourite books and I've read it about a zillion times! :) xxx

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  5. Looking for an easy read then read this series of books called girlfriends by Jean Ure. They are amazing books all about 'the gang of four' Lilly, Kerri, Frizz and Polly. the first book is called Pink Nickers aren't Cool.

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  6. I've read Invisible Girl and it's really good

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  7. I've read a book called Gaby's angel, written my Janet Hoggarth, and my teacher says that she isn't really a famous author, but who cares! Janet Hoggarth is like another version of Cathy Cassidy, but i think Cathy is Better! i'd strongly recommend this to the fans of Cathy!

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  8. I've read a book called The whizz pop chocolate shop by kate saunders it was so goooooooood

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