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The Game of Love and Death

The Game of Love and Death

Martha Brockenbrough’s The Game of Love and Death lands on store shelves in April. I think you should read it, of course I do, but don’t take MY word for it.

Check out what Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly have to say:

Brockenbrough never sugarcoats the obstacles facing Henry and Flora’s love — whether human prejudices or supernatural manipulations — in this inventive and affecting novel, and the ending in which Flora, who has seen too many people die, realizes how love and death intertwine, is beautiful.

- Publisher’s Weekly STARRED REVIEW 
Race, class, fate and choice—they join Love and Death to play their parts in Brockenbrough’s  haunting and masterfully orchestrated narrative.




Does The Future of Libraries Have Little to Do with Books?

Does The Future of Libraries Have Little to Do with Books?

With all of the talk of library cuts and closures in the UK - where do you see libraries going?


In a digital age that has left book publishers reeling, libraries in the world’s major cities seem poised for a comeback, though it’s one that has very little to do with books. The Independent Library Report—published in December by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport—found that libraries across the nation are re-inventing themselves by increasingly becoming “vibrant and attractive community hubs,” focusing on the “need to create digital literacy—and in an ideal world, digital fluency.”


Have a read!

The Independent’s Children’s Books Blog: Rebecca Davies signs off

The Independent’s Children’s Books Blog: Rebecca Davies signs off

Sad news from the world of The Independent (UK) - Rebecca is hanging up her blogging boots, for now:

I’m sorry to report that today will be my last post on the children’s book blog. I’ve had an absolute blast writing it over the past couple of years, but it’s always been a labour of love and real-life work sadly has to take precedence.


But she leaves on a high note with some great recommendations including … Dog on Stilts, Tom Gates, The Deadly 7, The Door that Led to Where and the new Patrick Ness: The rest of us just live here.

Go read what Rebecca is most excited about for 2015!

Now to try and tease her back to blogging … *sends cake*





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There are TONS of things I could talk about from today … but the one thing that doesn’t conflict with any embargo or exciting news:

The milk and cookies from Gail’s Kitchen in Bloomsbury. Gooey, oozing centre and a crisp cookie. These are not just cookie, these may be THE cookie.