The Baby-sitters Club. Kristy Thomas’s big idea in book one spawned a series with over 300 books and eight wonderfully relatable characters (yes, we should count Abbi).… Read more “TV | The BSC (Netflix, 2020)”
A Monster Calls
Conor’s mother is dying of cancer. Everyday is a tinged with battles, looking after himself, facing the bullies at school, being his own parent, anxiously wishing his… Read more “A Monster Calls”
Such a Fun Age
Author Kiley Reid This year I’ve read a lot of books about the African American experience in the US, set in both present day and the past,… Read more “Such a Fun Age”
There Was Still Love
Read it for the haunting visuals of Prague and spark and joy of growing up with immigrant parents / grandparents who suffered much so their family could have better.
I’m lucky enough to have some very kind, clever and talented friends. One among this dazzling group is the lovely Bel Xia, she is an artist and… Read more “Illustrator extraordinaire”
Author Julia Phillips I think I’ve got a not so secret passion for fiction set in Russia. I’ve eagerly read through the night several fairytales that have… Read more “Disappearing Earth”
Director Marc WebbWriter Tom FlynnCast Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Octavia Spencer and Lindsay DuncanHere for trailer on IMDb “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its… Read more “Gifted (2017)”
Read it for the loss and grief of Sadie, it was brutal like a sharp slap across the face each time she gave voice to her memories. Clearer than this is the slim piece of hope and fulfilment both Sadie and the reader receive at the book’s end.
Nine Coaches Waiting
Author Mary Stewart Linda Martin has just arrived in Paris from London where she’s been for the last seven years in an orphanage. After a brief teaching gig… Read more “Nine Coaches Waiting”
Author Chris Cleave This is the real reason why no one tells us Africans anything. It is not because anyone wants to keep my continent in ignorance. It… Read more “Little Bee”