Saturday, 31 January 2009

Post One - New Children's Paperback Releases - April 2009

I have split them into paperback and hardback releases. There is so many good books out in April. Post Two will be hardback releases. Some great reading to look forward to.

This is some of the best paperback releases for April 2009.

Sara Starbuck - Dread Pirate Fleur and the Ruby Heart - Red Fox - 2 April 2009

Pat O'shea - The Hounds of the Morrigan - Oxford Children's - 2 April 2009

Sally Prue - March of the Owlmen - Oxford Children's - 2 April 2009

Tim Bowler - Blade:Running Scared - Oxford Children's - 2 April 2009

Cate Tiernan - Awakening:And Spellbound - Puffin Children's - 2 April 2009

Steve Voake - Blood Hunters - Faber - 2 April 2009

Mike Walker - Bad Company - Andersen Press Ltd - 2 April 2009

Tom Becker - Darkside:Timecurse - Scholastic - 6 April 2009

Andrew Mulligan - Ribblestrop - Simon & Shuster Children's - 6 April 2009

Anne Forbes - Fire Star - Floris Kelpies - 23 April 2009

New books in this week .....................

It's been a busy week and so far I haven't done much reading so the books are stacking up. Here is a list of some of the new books I have received which I will be reviewing in the next week or so. I would like to thank all the publishers and authors for taking an interest in this blog and sending me this selection of books to read. I am looking forward to reading them all.

Book List:

Philip Caveney - Sebastian Darke:Prince of Explorers - Random House - 5 Feb 2009


Sebastian, Max and Cornelius are off on their most hazardous adventure yet. Deep in the dense jungles of the south they are searching for the legendary lost city of Mendip when their quest is rudely interrupted by a savage attack by a band of Gograth - armoured apelike beasts. Rescued by jungle girl Keera, they are taken to the village of the Jilith, a primitive tribe of warriors, who are themselves locked in a grim struggle for survival with the Gograth. Sebastian's arrival has been foretold in an ancient prophesy which states that the elf-Lord and his two companions will rid the Jilith of the curse of the Gograth forever.And if Sebastian, Max and Cornelius can achieve this Keera herself will guide them to the Lost City. But first our heroic trio must brave savage battles, hazardous journeys, attacks by fierce beasts and some of the worst jokes in history. And what's more when they finally reach their destination, they have to contend with The Night Runners - the most terrifying foe they have ever encountered; a foe that simply cannot be killed ...because they are already dead.

M G Harris - The Joshua Files: Ice Shock - Scholastic - 2 March 2009


Josh is back home, trying to resume his normal life and make sense of his Mayan adventures. But soon it becomes clear that being back in Oxford doesn't mean Josh can escape his destiny. He's evenmore certain now that his father's death was no accident -- and he's starting to wonder if he can really trust his closest allies. But when he finds out a shocking secret, that's when the real adventure begins...

Michael Grant - Gone - Egmont books - 6 April 2009


Suddenly there are no adults, no answers. What would you do?In the blink of an eye, the world changes. The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive.But everyone's idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power...Even kill.For Sam and Astrid, it is a race against time as they try to solve the questions that now dominate their lives...What is the mysterious wall that has encircled the town of Perdido Beach and trapped everyone within? Why have some kids developed strange powers? And can they defeat Caine and his gang of bullies before they turn fifteen and disappear too?It isn't until the world collapses around you that you find out what kind of person you really are. This is a chilling portrayal of a world with no rules.

Rebecca Promitzer - The Pickle King - Chicken House - 4 May 2009


Recipe Ingredients: A small town called Elbow; rain; five loony kids; one bad dog; a jar of Herman's Red Devil Chilli. Bring ingredients together, add a real-life dead body and a missing eyeball, and have yourself one crazy, red-hot adventure. The Pickle King is about that wonderful belief children have in finding something extraordinary behind even the most boring. It's a terrific, highly original, sometimes scary, deadpan funny read. It stars a gang of unl ikely friends thrown together one wet summer in the small town of Elbow, famous for only two things: chilli pickle and rain. Already bored, they hope something will turn up, but what noneof them expect is a real-life dead body with a missing eyeball! Soon the mystery of who killed Herman, owner of the giant pickle factory becomes a crazy adventure. That these kids have guts will take on a different meaning in this fabulous, zany debut.

Bernard Beckett - Genesis - Quercus - 7 May 2009


Anax is about to face her examination for the Academy, the institution which safeguards her society. The subject is close to her heart: Adam, a man whose struggle transformed the course of her country. But the examination by the panel will reveal new twists to Adam's history. Twists that will undermine Anax's assumptions about her country and who she is. But why is the Academy allowing Anax to open up the enigma at its heart? All young people will identify with Anax as she faces the most important examination of her life; she is on the brink of her future and discovering a new world. Beckett unlocks this beautifully wrought story about the human soul and artificial intelligence in an ingenious and devastating denouement.

Melissa Marr - Fragile Eternity - HarperCollins - May 2009


Mortal affections and faery rivalries continue to collide in the town of Huntsdale, as New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr takes urban fantasy to new heights. After the terrible events of Ink Exchange, the Dark Court has a new ruler. But will Niall's kindness survive his new responsibility to the most violent of Faerie courts? Meanwhile, Seth and Aislinn attempt to mend their relationship. But Aislinn is the Summer Queen and Keenan is her king -- and as summer approaches, their chemistry sparks. Will Seth's mortality lose him the one thing he loves above all others? As Niall seeks to control his new Court, Aislinn attempts to resist the seduction of summer, and Seth searches desperately for the gift of immortality, a delicate balance is threatened, and a terrible plot is revealed!

On with the reading................................

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Will Goddard - Water source - Written by a 10 year old boy

This is a great short story written by a 10 year old boy.
I really enjoyed reading this story; I get a sense he has travelled a lot and this brings the story to life. Overall it has a great plot which keeps the reader interested in the story. And I as I said, only 10 years old.


The charismatic new leader of Britain, Gavin King has been elected on a ticket to clean up the country and give money back to the people. But soon the new regime is executing all criminals and throwing any protestors in jail yet still the streets are full of cheering supporters. James' parents, are investigative journalists and they know something is up, but then they are thrown in jail and it is up to James to find out what is going on.

About Will

Will Goddard is nearly 11 years old. He was born on Valentine’s Day 1998, some 17 weeks premature gaining him a Guinness Certificate for being Britain’s earliest surviving baby. Having battled through his first difficult years he showed an early love of reading, a skill he developed by reading the subtitles on television programmes. He has travelled a lot and particularly loves Asia.

Why he wrote this book

I started the book by writing a chapter for homework. My family all said it was really good and wanted to know what happened next, so I carried on from there and eventually it turned.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard The Newbery Medal Winner 2009

This is the story how you make some one very very happy. I would like to say it's well deserved. The following Writing is taken from Neil Gaiman's personal journal...............This morning.

The great thing about having a dead day in a hotel after a long junket, and this Monday was one of those, is you have nothing to get up for. So I had a very long late lazy bath in the small hours of the morning, and then stayed up talking to a friend on the phone, and then I read...

I drifted off to sleep with a Jack Benny show playing on the iPod around 3:30 am. I set the alarm for 11.00 am because I didn't have anything to get up early for, and planned to wake a little before the alarm, and start writing. I closed my eyes...

And then the phone was ringing. I think it may have been ringing for some time. In fact, I thought as I surfaced, it had already rung and then stopped ringing once, which meant someone was calling to tell me something. Probably the hotel was burning down. I picked up the phone. It was my assistant, Lorraine, sleeping over at my place with a convalescent dog.

"Merrilee called, and she thinks someone is trying to get hold of you," she told me. I told her what time it was (viz. five thirty in the bloody morning here is she out of her mind some of us are trying to sleep here you know.) She said she knew what time it was in LA, and that Merrilee, who is my literary agent, sounded really definite that this was important.

I got out of bed. Checked voicemail. No, no-one was trying to get hold of me. I called home, to tell Lorraine that it was all nonsense -- "It's okay," she said. "They called here. They're on the other line. I'm giving them your cellphone number."

I was not yet sure what was going on or who was trying to do what. It was 5:45 in the morning. No-one had died, though, I was fairly certain of that. My cell-phone rang.

"Hello. This is Rose Trevino. I'm chair of the ALA Newbery Committee..." Oh. Newbery. Right. Cool. I may be an honors book or something. That would be nice, "and I have the voting members of the Newbery Committee here, and we want to tell you that your book..."

"THE GRAVEYARD BOOK," said fourteen loud voices, and I thought, I may be still asleep right now, but they probably don't do this, probably don't call people and sound so amazingly excited, for Honors books....

"...just won..."

"THE NEWBERY MEDAL" they chorused. They sounded really happy. I checked the hotel room because it seemed very likely that I was still fast asleep. It all looked reassuringly solid.

You are on a speakerphone with at least 14 teachers and librarians and suchlike great, wise and good people, I thought. Do not start swearing like you did when you got the Hugo. This was a wise thing to think because otherwise huge, mighty and fourletter swears were gathering. I mean, that's what they're for. I think I said, You mean it's Monday?

"You can tell your agent and your publisher, but no-one else," said Rose. "And it will be announced in about an hour."

And I fumfed and mumbled and said something of a thankyouthankyouthankyouokaythiswasworthbeingwokenupfor nature.

Then I phoned my agent and my publisher, both of whom seemed to have intuited my news already through secret methods, but it may have just been that I was calling them on this particular Monday morning (and, in retrospect, someone must have phoned someone to get my home phone number). (Merrilee-my-agent: "You didn't start swearing, did you?" Me: "No." Her: "Oh good.")

I called Maddy, spoke to her, and she was beyond delighted, and I told her to try not to tell anybody about it, and told her lovely mum, who was thrilled for me.

Then I got a phone call from Elyse, Harperchildren publicist, wanting to know if I could fly in from LA to New York to be on the Today Show tomorrow morning.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Andrew Mulligan - RIBBLESTROP

Mr Ripley's review

The story is set in a bizarre Boarding School with a bunch of odd pupils and even stranger teachers. This book is a great read, the story is quirky in its execution with great imaginative qualities which work really well. I love all of the characters in this book, as they each individually make the story. Whilst the descriptive work, Andrew has used, builds a brilliant picture. As I followed the story, I chuckled along the way with the funny moments. Whilst enduring the strange and unusual happenings; each working well with each other. I don't think you'll find another book like it! It's well worth a read; transcending from yet another great debut author. Five out of Five - great story, incredibly unique with an eye-catching cover. The pop-art style reflects the story within.


Roofless dormitories, distracted teachers and a lethally dangerous underground labyrinth - Ribblestrop's visionary headmaster is out of his depth even before the pupils arrive! And when they do - what a bunch! There's Sanchez, a Colombian gangster's son hiding from kidnappers; Millie, an excluded arsonist and self-confessed wild child; Caspar, the landlady's spoiled grandson; the helpful but hapless Sam and his best friend Ruskin, plus a handful of orphans from overseas, who are just happy to have beds - even if they are located in a roofless part of the building...Anything could happen - and anything does!

Published by Simon & Schuster Children's 6 April 2009

I'd like to thank all the readers, publishers and authors who have helped me with this blog. I look forward to all your comments.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Gayle Forman - If I stay

I have been asked to let you know about a very special book called "If I Stay" because it's the kind of book which is personal, which found a place in ever readers heart and we hope it might have the same effect on you.

If I Stay is written by American author, Gayle Forman, and will be published in hardback in May this year. It is a very powerful book which opens on a cold, winter day in mid-town America and follows 17-year-old Mia's life. One tragic and devastating event turns her world upside down, and in that instant, nothing will ever be the same. Poignant, heartrending, magnificent, If I Stay, reads like an gripping page turner and will make you appreciate all that you have - as well as all that might be.This book dose contain adult content.

This is a real word-of-mouth book, the kind of book you want to talk about after you're read it, that stays with you for weeks.Thank you in anticipation.

The Synopsis

'Just listen,' Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. 'Stay,' he says. Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you. For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope. But life can change in an instant. A cold February morning ...a snowy road ...and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all. Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, "If I Stay" will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be.

About the Author
GAYLE FORMAN is an award-winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle in the US. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - The Edge Chronicles - The Immortals

Mr Ripley's Review

I read this book back in November before I started this blog. I had a copy nice and early so here is a quick review of the book and some thing I took of there web site.

The Immortals is twice as long as the other books in the series. After all, there were so many questions that needed to be answered. What happened to Quint in Midnight over Sanctaphrax? Did Twig make it to Riverrise at the end of Last of the Sky Pirates? What caused stone sickness to ravage the world? And what did happen to old Sanctaphrax?

It's another good adventure very enjoyable to read with all the great illustrated pages Chris Riddell has so amazingly done. It's more of the same from this series of books.A great new tale in the Edge all the adventure you expect with Paul's amazing story telling and superb imagination.

Is this the end of the Edge,or is it just the beginning....?

So if you like all the other books this is a must read for you!!!

These books will always be some of my favorite books which I have read. I also love meeting both guys which are some of my personal heroes of the book world.

Four out of five as I am looking forward for them to deliver a new project which will freshen up there work....................


Five hundred years into the third age of flight and mighty phraxships steam across the immensity of the Deepwoods, plying their lucrative trade between the three great cities. Nate Quarter, a young Lamplighter from the mines of the eastern woods is propelled on an epic journey of self-discovery that encompasses tournaments, battles, revolutions and a final encounter with the Immortals themselves. This is the final tale in the "Edge Chronicles" sequence and it's a fabulous climax to the most original and dramatic fantasy series being written today. Set years in the future, this book is ideal for new readers to discover the series before going back to read the 'history' of "Twig, Rook and Quint". Packed with incredible illustrations from Chris Riddell, this is a wonderfully funny, moving and utterly inventive book.

Published by Doubleday 5 Feb 2009

Edge Chronicles
1. Beyond the Deepwoods (1998)
2. Stormchaser (1999)
3. Midnight over Sanctaphrax (2000)
4. The Curse of the Gloamglozer (2001)
5. The Last of the Sky Pirates (2002)
6. Vox (2003)
7. Freeglader (2004)
8. Winter Knights (2005)
9. Clash of the Sky Galleons (2006)
10. The Immortals (2009)
Cloud Wolf (2001)
Maps (2004)
The Stone Pilot (2006) World Book day
The Lost Barkscrolls (2007)

Sunday, 18 January 2009

E.E. Richardson - The Soul Trader

Review by Mr Ripley

This seventh novel from talented young writer Elizabeth Richardson, won't disappoint her fans. It's another spine-tingler that will have you gripped from the start. As with her other novels, Elizabeth skilfully sets the drama against a backdrop of friendship and family tensions, making her stand alone in this genre. The main character Nick Spencer finds himself making a deal which is going to turn his world upside down.
This book is a cross between the authors F.E Higgins and Robert Westall which makes it a great read.This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth and it has made me want to read more.Four out Five, could've done with a little more content, otherwise a super read.


When Nick Spencer stumbles upon Bargains, the odd little back street shop seems like the perfect place to buy the present he's been searching for. And when the shopkeeper wants to take some of Nick's artwork instead of money for payment, he's even happier. But Nick soon realizes that the deal he's made is not quite the bargain he thought it was. His drawing skills have disappeared, and when he returns to the shop he finds himself trapped into a job he didn't sign up for, collecting debts for the mysterious Mr Grey. As his assignments grow steadily more and more traumatic and the shop takes over more and more of his life, the question becomes not when he'll earn his way out ...but if he'll ever get out.

Published by Random House 5 Feb 2009

About the author:

E.E. Richardson is a twenty-four-year-old cybernetics graduate. Her first novel, The Devil's Footsteps, was published to great critical acclaim shortly after she graduated from university.


The Devil's Footsteps (2005)
The Intruders (2006)
Devil for Sale (2007)
The Summoning (2007)
The Soul Trade (2008)
Grave Dirt (2008)
The Soul Trader (2009)

Thanks for reading.....

Friday, 16 January 2009

Victoria Laurie - Oracles of Delphi Keep

Mr Ripley's Review

I have jumped the gun in reviewing this book as it's not out until May 2009 in the U.S. When I read the synopsis for the book I wanted to read it straight away and so I did.This great new title starts off on the southern coast of England in a place call Delphi Keep which is an orphanage for young children.They have a lead role in the adventures they take to deal with an ancient prophecy and the dark side of evil life.Their journey takes them to Morocco via a magic portal to the ancient city of Larache.It's a great story which is full of story and plot and keeps you interested all the way through the book.The journey the children take is amazing and very readable and left a great impression on me.This is one of the best books I have read to be released over the water and a must for every book reader who loves childrens' books..... Five out of Five one to read again........

Next book in the series is:
Curse Of Deadman's Forrest which should be out in May 2010

Along the southern coast of England, atop the White Cliffs of Dover, stands a castle. And at that castle’s old keep is an orphanage. Delphi Keep has seen many youngsters come and go through its gates, and Ian Wigby and his sister, Theodosia, are happy to call it home. Life has always been simple at the Keep, and the orphanage safe, until one day, Ian and Theo find a silver treasure box. And within the box, a prophesy. Three thousand years ago a great Greek oracle wrote of a quest. A quest on which the fate of the world depends. A quest that names two children—Ian and Theodosia. Suddenly Delphi Keep is no longer safe. And Ian and Theo, along with a very special group of friends, realize they must unravel the meaning behind the scroll of Dover cavern before darkness falls on the world. And before an unfathomable evil catches up with them.

Book published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers May 2, 2009

Books arrived this week - P.B Kerr The Children of the Lamp - The Eye of the Forest

The magical wings of an enchanted bird has seen some new books fall out of the sky to land promptly on the kitchen table this week in the Ripley household..........
Some of the books of interest.......

The first book is the new P.B Kerr book which is the next instalment of The Children of the Lamp series entitled "The Eye of the Forest".Which has just been published in the U.S and will not come out in England till April for some reason.Looks a good read.


An ancient Incan prophecy leads the Gaunt twins deep into the heart of the Amazon, in search of a cursed portal that has remained hidden for centuries. Along the way, they come across their old friend Dybbuk, but it's not a happy reunion. Dybbuk has lost all his djinn powers and is desperate to get them back - even if it means destroying the world. Can John and Philippa stop him before it's too late?

Other books received this week:

Daniel Kirk - Elf Realm (The Low Road) Great book cover!!! Out Now Amulet books U.S


When Matt and his family move to their family's new development, they don't realize that they've inadvertently stumbled into the middle of massive upheaval in the Fairy world. With the elves' territory disintegrating, and dark factions looking to seize control, apprentice mage Tuava-Li must defend her territory - even when that means cooperating with Matt, a human and their natural enemy. Matt just may hold the key to keeping the elf realms from certain destruction.

Also we have N.D Wilson Dandelion Fire Book 2 of the 100 Cupboards which i have mentioned before. U.S release

And two new U.K books :

E.E Richardson - The Soul Trader - out Feb 2009 - Random house

Andy Mulligan - RIBBLESTROP - out April 2009 Simon and Schuster looks a good read.


Roofless dormitories, distracted teachers and a lethally dangerous underground labyrinth - Ribblestrop's visionary headmaster is out of his depth even before the pupils arrive! And when they do - what a bunch! There's Sanchez, a Colombian gangster's son hiding from kidnappers; Millie, an excluded arsonist and self-confessed wild child; Caspar, the landlady's spoiled grandson; the helpful but hapless Sam and his best friend Ruskin, plus a handful of orphans from overseas, who are just happy to have beds - even if they are located in a roofless part of the building...Anything could happen - and anything does!

I will try and get reviews up soon. And thank you all for sending any of the above books to me.Also if any one would like to review books for this site please let us know.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Waterstones Children's book prize List 2009

This is the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize shortlist for 2009.
This is a hard one to call and best of luck to you all as you are all winners in my eye's..................

The books on the list are:

How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant by Elen Caldecott (Bloomsbury) 5 Jan 2009

Kirsty Jenkins adores the allotment her grandfather lovingly tends and, just before he dies, he asks Kirsty to look after it for him. But when horrible Mr Thomas from the council insists it must go to the next person on the waiting list, Kirsty is determined to find a way to keep her promise. After pleading with Mr Thomas and demonstrating at the council offices, Kirsty and her half-siblings undertake their most daring plan of all: to 'borrow' the stuffed elephant from the museum that Mr Thomas loves so much, in a last-ditch attempt to gain his attention and understanding. Perhaps this risky ruse might also shake Kirsty's dad from the quiet sadness he has fallen into ever since her grandfather died. A warm, funny and moving novel about family relationships, dealing with bereavement, green beans and marrows.

Zelah Green Queen of Clean by Vanessa Curtis (Egmont) 5 Jan 2009

My name is Zelah Green and I am a Cleanaholic. I spend most of my life on Germ Alert. Or Dirt Alert. It's a miracle I ever get to school.My life was going OK despite that - you know, school, best friend, bad hair days - until four weeks ago. That's when Dad vanished.Now my stepmother has packed me off to a place with some crazy people. So I'm stuck with the Doc and Alice, Lib, Caro and Sol.Sol, who doesn't speak. Sol, who has brown eyes and olive skin. Sol, who I actually want to touch. Now I'm on Flirt Alert!Maybe, just maybe, something good could happen...This is a moving story of one girl's attempt to come to terms with her grief, told with humour and real insight.

Changeling by Steve Feasey (Macmillan) See Review by Mr Ripley Five out of Five

Trey thought he was an ordinary teenager. Then he meets a mysterious stranger, Lucien Charron - luminously pale, oddly powerful, with eyes that seem flecked with fire and skin that blisters in sunlight. Somehow Trey finds himself in a luxury London penthouse, like a Bond villain's lair. It's the heart of a sinister empire, built on the powers of the netherworld - werewolves, vampires, sorcerers, and djinns. And Trey himself has a power that's roaring to break free. Is he a boy or is he a beast?

Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison (Simon and Schuster) See Review by Mr Ripley Five out of Five......................

While visiting her grandmother's house, an old photograph leads Tanya to an unsolved mystery. Fifty years ago a girl vanished in the woods nearby - a girl Tanya's grandmother will not speak of. Fabian, the caretaker's son, is tormented by the girl's disappearance. His grandfather was the last person to see her alive, and has lived under suspicion ever since. Together, Tanya and Fabian decide to find the truth. But Tanya has her own secret: the ability to see fairies. And, after disturbing an intruder in the night, it emerges that someone else shares her ability ...The manor's sinister history is about to repeat itself ...

Gnomes Are Forever by Ceci Jenkinson (Faber) 25 Dec 2008

Burglar trouble! Oli and Skipjack have a plan: to punish mean old Mr Grimble by kidnapping all his garden gnomes. The World's Best Jewel Thief also has a plan: to become very rich by stealing the Black Star diamond from the town museum. When these two plans collide, it's trouble! "Gnomes are Forever" is full of twisty plots, wacky characters and calamitous comedy.

The Lady in the Tower by Marie-Louise Jensen (Oxford University Press) 1 Jan 2009

Spring 1540 I am afraid. You are in grave danger. Mother, will you run away with me if I can free you? The servants call it the Lady Tower: the isolated part of the castle where Eleanor's mother is imprisoned after a terrible accusation. For four years Eleanor's only comfort has been their secret notes to one another. A chance discovery reveals a plot to murder her mother. Now Eleanor must free her before it is too late. But with danger and betrayal at every turn, she can trust no one. Especially not her father. Eleanor must use all her cunning to survive. For she soon realises that it is not just her mother she needs to save . . . but also herself.

The Mapmaker’s Monster by Rob Stevens (Macmillan) I have also read Four out of five

When Christopher Columbus-wannabe Rupert Lilywhite decides to set sail and discover a new land - it's all the rage in the fifteenth century - Walter Bailey and his twelve-year-old nephew Hugo are employed as the ship's mapmakers. And when the sailors do eventually spot a mystery island, it is Walter and Hugo who are dispatched to investigate (nobody else can be bothered). Arriving on a beach of purple sand, the intrepid pair believe that they have found paradise ...until Walter is picked off by a giant flying rat. But with the help of some weird and wonderful talking creatures, including Pigasus the flutterhog, Delphina the water-breathing merphin and Savage, the tiny but fearless mouse, Hugo is given a chance to save his uncle and put his mapmaking training to the test.

Numbers by Rachel Ward (Chicken House) 5 Jan 2009

Since her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else's, a number pops into her head - the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together,

Please let me Know what you think!!!

Friday, 9 January 2009

Jason Bradbury - Dot Robot - Book Review

Mr Ripley's Book Review - (Another great Debut Author for 2009) see other posts.

Jason Bradbury, the UK's best-known face of technology, has been writing for many years.He first became serious about writing, as one half of a comedy double act with David Walliams (Little Britain)and now has progressed into writing his debut children's book entitled Dot Robot.

This fast paced techno-thriller has all the qualities of a great book and is an enjoyable read from cover to cover.It has a quick start and a pacey plot which keeps the reader hooked all the way to the end of the book. A great amount of research has gone into this book which makes it stand out as a vivid cyber world of computers, gadgets and robots. The characters in the book, known as Farley Jackson, Brooke and the Kojimas twins, are of great importance and add adventurous twists to the story. The unexpected end shows a moral dilemma for the characters to respond to.A great read for every one.

Five out of Five and looking forward to the next book in the sequence.........


Congratulations, Jackson. Welcome to MeX.’ billionaire Devlin Lear, founder of the top-secret defence force MeX, has been watching Jackson Farley. He knows he has found a digital genius. Along with three other brilliant gamers from different corners of the world, Lear needs Jackson to join him and stop the criminal heist of the century. And all by the power of the most highly advanced, state-of-the-art robots ever invented. Are Jackson and the MeX recruits as good as Lear thinks? And how does Jackson know quite who to trust when they can never meet face-to-face?

Published by Puffin books 5 February 2009

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Puffin new picks for Feb 2009

Puffin has some great new books to be released in February.

The first book is a debut book by Jason Bradbury Dot Robot..........

Jason Bradbury is the UK's best-known face of technology. Currently hosting The Gadget Show on Five and Royal Television Society award-winning children's science show Gross!, he has spent the last ten years writing and presenting science and technology shows for children and adults. Jason is continually in print in the UK's biggest technology press publications and has weekly slots on Radio Two and Radio Five Live.

Synopsis billionaire Devlin Lear,founder of the top-secret force MeX,has been watching schoolboy Jackson Farley.He knows he has found a digital genius. Along with three other brilliant games from different corners of the world,including two Japanese
siblings and a sassy American schoolgirl, Lear asks Jackson to join him and stop the criminal heist of the century.

And all by the power of the most highly advanced,state-of-the-art robots ever invented.Review to requested

Book two is by Anna Perera Guantanamo Boy.................

Anna Perera was born in London to an Irish mother and Sri Lankan father. She worked as an English teacher in two secondary schools in London, and later became responsible for a unit for excluded boys. She lives in Hampshire, England. Guantanamo Boy is her first teenage novel.


Khalid, a fifteen-year-old Muslim boy from Rochdale, is abducted from Pakistan while on holiday with his family. He is taken to Guantanamo Bay and held without charge, where his hopes and dreams are crushed under the cruelest of circumstances. An innocent denied his freedom at a time when Western boys are finding theirs, Khalid tries and fails to understand what's happening to him and cannot fail to be a changed young man.

Two Different books which will be released 05 February 2009

Friday, 2 January 2009

Frances Hardinge Gullstruck Island

Review by Mr Ripley

Frances Hardinge's imaginative use of words and language makes this book stand out.
The author is famous for the novel "Fly By Night" which in 2006 won the prestigious Branford Boase Award.

Frances has set this story in an imaginative fantasy world which has been cleverly constructed; making it sophisticated. With amazing word building and intelligent wordplay it makes this fantasy story stand out. The words run over you like a gentle sea on a calm sunny day, making it a really good read. It has every ingredient to keep you reading - love; treachery; revenge and jealousy. As well as a strong central character all wrapped up in a light energy known as the world of Gullstruck Island.

This book gets four out five a great book to buy and read and a must for all fantasy book readers.


Arilou is a Lost. She can depart her body and mind-fly with whichever senses she chooses. Hathin is her sister and helper. They live on Gullstruck Island, which depends on its Losts for communication, weather warnings, crime-solving and protection. But the little island has its tensions and is about to face a great threat. It will look to its Losts for safety. Worrying then, that Arilou and her sister share a dangerous secret that must never be discovered. With a blue-skinned assassin chasing them and only a dreadlocked warrior to assist, can the two girls live long enough to assure the future of their island home?

Frances' Biography

Fly by Night - Macmillan Children's Books Oct 2005

Verdigris Deep - Macmillan Children's Books May 2007

Well Witched - Macmillan Children's Books Jan 2008

Gullstuck Island - Macmillan Children's Books Jan 2009

Short stories
Frances has been writing short stories for many years. These have been published in variety of magazines.

"Behind the Mirror" serialised in 'First News', 2007.
"Halfway House" published in 'Alchemy' No. 3, 2006
"Black Grass" published in 'All Hallows', 2005
"Bengal Rose" published in 'Scribble' No. 20, Spring 2003
"Captive Audience" published in 'Piffle' Issue 7, October 2002
"Communion" published in 'Wordplay' Vol. 1, Spring 2002
"Shining Man" published in 'The Dream Zone' 2001

Frances Hardinge is a writer who wears a black hat. Notoriously unphotographable, she is rumoured to be made entirely out of velvet. Sources close to Frances who prefer not to be named suggest that she has an Evil Twin who wears white and is hatless. This cannot be confirmed.

Frances grew up in an old house in rural Kent, England where the wind wuthered. She has always liked dark stories - when she was six, she wrote a short story that included an attempted poisoning, a faked death and a villain being thrown off a cliff - all in just one page! Later she read English at Oxford University amid medieval towers and gargoyle-strung chapels.

Published Macmillan Children's Books 2 Jan 2009

Thursday, 1 January 2009

March 2009 New Books for The U.S.

Some of the best books out in March 2009 in the U.S.

Francisco Stork - Marcelo in the Real World - Arthur A.Levine March 1

Christina Kessler - Trouble in Timbuktu - Philomel March 5

Cassandra Clare - City of Glass (Mortal Instruments) - Margret K.McElderry March 24

Brandon Mull - Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary - Shadow Mountain March 30

James Dashner - The 13 Reality the Hunt for Dark Infinity - Shadow Mountain March 30

I hope to review some of following books in the near future..............Please if you have anything to say please email us as all your emails and comments are welcome and a HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2009.......