Monday, 23 February 2009

Tracey Morley - Unravellers - Illustrations by Kevin Morley



Ripley's Review

Firstly I have to say that this book cover is just great. The bright watercolour picture, featuring the main characters of the book sells itself well. This talented wife and husband team have done a very good job on the overall book. It's a great bedtime story for kids.
I loved reading this book with its great imaginative ideas. Sam and Danny find themselves on a mission to find the key. This unlocks the cabinet which holds an adventure that is written in a non-fussy way; keeping to the story and leaving a warm cosy feeling right through to the last page. A super easy read which is recommended to everyone.
The other great feature of this book is Kevin's amazing pen-ink drawings which sets the book apart from other books. I would buy this book just for these, especially being a big collector of pen and ink drawings myself. Also check out some of the great drawings on the Unravellers website I have listed.
I give this book four out of five. I hope you'll give it some support and buy this book as it is published by a small publishing company.

Published by Book Guild 23 March 2009 - Hardback



Grandad Bob died before he could put everything right. We’ve got to act in his place.’ Sam and Danny have gone to stay at their aunt’s inn in the sleepy, run-down fishing village of Travin Cove. But it’s not all sunbathing and paddling and prodding around in rock pools. They’re also on a secret mission – to hunt for a mysterious object discovered by their grandad many years before and in doing so somehow to bring the village back to life … The only clues Sam and Danny have are a rather puzzling letter from their grandad and the key to a dusty old cabinet at the inn. Then, when the key goes missing on a trip to the beach, an encounter with Winkle, the ‘thief’, plunges the children into the weird and wonderful world of the Beachcombers and the mystery begins to unravel at last … Beautifully told and superbly illustrated, The Unravellers will make you see a trip to the seaside in a whole different light!
To see more, please visit www.unravellers.co.uk






Saturday, 21 February 2009

Michael Buckley - National Espionage,Rescue and Defense Society Books to Watch out for.


More great books making the deals and Highlights for 2009-2010


Michael Buckley's high-concept YA series, N.E.R.D.S. The acronym--it stands for National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society--refers to five awkward kids who run an underground spy ring out of their middle school. The book deal which will encompass five books are to be published by Amulet some time in Sept 2009. Michael Buckley, who wrote the Sisters Grimm series, has peppered the work with whimsical touches--the kids access their secret lair through a portal in their lockers-- which will translate well to screen;the books also have a "part James Bond, part Goonies element to the story."

James Dashner - The Maze Runner

Another manuscript that's just begun making the rounds in U.S is the first title in James Dashner's YA fantasy series, The Maze Runner. The film rights to the book, about a teenager who wakes up in an alternate universe filled with other boys called The Glade--it's a large open space surrounded by a stone wall that ominously drops each morning and erects each night. With boys arriving every 30 days, the community is jolted when a girl is suddenly thrown into the mix. Reps from the Gotham Group said they's pitching the book as Lost meets Pan's Labyrinth.Three books so far in this great new sereis which should hit the shops sonme time in October this year.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Michelle Harrison - The Thirteen Treasures - Winner of the Waterstones book prize 2009



Debut author Michelle Harrison has been named winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, with her fairy story The 13 Treasures. Also the winner of our blog vote early this year which was a close race with Steve Feasey "Changeling". I am so pleased for Michelle and I know it will encourage her to write more great books in the future. Michelle Harrison is a great new talent and I am looking forward to reading her next book.

Harrison, 29, wrote the first few chapters of her book, about a teenage girl who can see fairies, while at university in Stafford in 2002.
Harrison's book has already been sold in the US, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Serbia and Spain, and has drawn comparisons with The Spiderwick Chronicles and the classic fairy tales of The Brothers Grimm.


Harrison, who works as an editorial assistant in children's publishing and is also a keen illustrator, beat books by seven other authors to the prize.

If you not had the pleasure of reading this book. Why not give it a try...........

Synopsis

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 ...

Friday, 13 February 2009

P B Kerr - Children of the Lamp - Eye of the Forest



Ripley's Review

The U.S covers for this series are so much better than the UK's version, which might explain why they sell better in the U.S. When marketing childrens' books, one of the key factors is a great eye-catching book cover. It should entice the reader to pick up the book and read the synopsis, sometimes that is half the battle.

This is book five in the great children's series Children of the Lamp entitled "Eye of the Forest". It's another action packed magical adventure for the Gaunt Family.
After an incident in the Peabody Museum, the adventure gathers pace when a trip to the Amazon is called for. Another great read in this series of books. P B Kerr writes with great detail which gives the story something special. Only a handful of authors can do this. Four out of Five.

Synopsis

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?

Biography

Children of the Lamp:

1. The Akhenaten Adventure - Scholastic 15 Aug 2004

2. The Blue Djinn of Babylon - Scholastic 19 Sep 2005

3. The Cobra King of Kathmandu - Scholastic 7 Aug 2006

4. The Day of the Djinn Warrior - Scholastic 6 Aug 2007

5. The Eye of the Forest - Scholastic 6 April 2009


Novels:

One Small Step - Simon & Schuster Children's 2 Jun 2008




About P B Kerr

Philip Kerr is a British author born in Edinburgh. He studied at the University of Birmingham and worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer. He has written for the Sunday Times, Evening Standard and the New Statesman. Kerr has published eleven novels under his full name and a children's series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr. He is married to novelist Jane Thynne.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Dean Vincent Carter - Bloodwater - Cover Artwork



Dean Vincent Carter is one of my favorite authors with only two books to his name so far. The third book which will be published in June 2009. I am looking forward to reading this book soon . I am interested to see what you think of the cover artwork which has been chosen for the new book. I am looking forward to any comments you may have about this title and the artwork chosen............

Synopsis

I They're all dead now. I am the last one. Dr Morrow can't identify the 'thing' he found living in the lake but he knows it's dangerous ...then it goes missing ...Caught in the flood that is devastating the town, brothers Sean and James stumble across Morrow and the carnage left at his lab. The missing specimen is some kind of deadly parasite that moves from person to person, destroying its hosts in disgusting, gory ways. The death toll will rise along with the waters unless the brothers can track down the homicidal specimen and find a way to destroy it.

Biography

The Hand of the Devil - Bodley Head Children's Books - 2 Feb 2006

The Hunting Season - Bodley Head Children's Books - 29 Mar 2007

Bloodwater - Corgi Childrens - 4 Jun 2009

Monday, 9 February 2009

James Dashner - The 13th Reality - The Hunt For Dark Infinty


Mr Ripley's Review

This is the second book to be released in the 13th Reality Series by James Dashner. The story takes on a new adventure with Tick, Paul and Sofia forced to "wink" from Reality to Reality. Solving riddles and overcoming fear and danger with every test is the main theme. Tick and friends are fighting for survival as they are tested to the limits in this sophisticated world involving 13 realities. Mr.Chu is working on a mysterious new weapon called the Dark Infinity to rule all the realities. But he requires someone to help control the weapon he has invented.
It's another great story told in such detail, which gives the reader a sense of being in the story. As you delve through the pages the dark and sinister tone and feel becomes more evident. There are lots of twists and turns, including some James Bond gadgets. As with all great endings, the climax culminates in lots of action, drawing all the loose ends into a tidy knot. Recommended to anyone who loves a great read with a big Science Fiction feel. Four out of Five.

Published in the U.S by Shadow Mountain


Synopsis

It s been a quiet summer for Tick, Paul, and Sofia, but the latest message from Master George changes everything. The Realities are in danger and from something more terrible than Mistress Jane and the mutated Chi karda of the Thirteenth Reality. People from all Realities are inexplicably going insane. Worse, some Realities are fragmenting, disintegrating into nothingness. Master George has learned that Mr. Chu from the Fourth Reality is working on a mysterious new weapon called Dark Infinity. But no one has any idea how to stop the weapon or even if it can be stopped. To make matters worse, Tick and his friends have been kidnapped, forced to wink from Reality to Reality, solving impossible riddles in order to survive the deadly traps surrounding them. Mistress Jane and Tick find themselves in a race to reach the weapon first but who will destroy it and who will become its master?

Biography

A Door in the Woods
A Gift of Ice
The Tower of Air
War of the Black Curtain
The 13Th Reality: The Journal of Curious Letters (2008)
The 13Th Reality: The Hunt for Dark Infinity 23 Feb 2009

Trailer for the First book.


Friday, 6 February 2009

M.G Harris Joshua Files - Ice Shock Book Review




Mr Ripley's Review Thanks M.G for sending me the new Photo.

This is the second book written in the Joshua Files series entitled Ice Shock.
The story starts just a few months after Invisible City where we find Josh back home in Oxford. Josh embarks on another fast-paced adventure trying to find the answers to his father's death. Keeping with the Mayan Culture,the story revolves around the hidden city of EK Naab and the IX Codex which keeps the story moving. Josh makes a huge discovery first, then the story starts to take pace with a few twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages quickly.
I love the way M.G Harris has the ability to write a great story, putting all the action you would normally find in an Alex Rider book. I enjoyed reading this book, as you feel a part of the story. Joshua's survival, again keeps you gripped throughout. A great joy to read, I'm already looking forward to the next book.

Five out of Five, great adventure with imaginative characters which fit the story well. Amazing detail, referring to the Mexico and Mayan cultures, making the story stand out. I also like the idea of putting Josh's blog into the book to make the story more stylistic.

Synopsis
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...

Published by Scholastic Children's Books March 2009 (Also look out for the fluorescent PVC Slipcase.)

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Barry Hutchison - Invisible Fiends - Bologna 2009


I am always looking ahead for great new books and I think this new series of books is something to keep your eye out for.

HarperCollins Children’s Books has bought INVISIBLE FIENDS, a debut series by B Hutchison. The six-book deal for world rights, including TV, film and merchandise, was concluded by Nick Lake, Commissioning Editor at HarperCollins, and Kathryn Ross at Fraser Ross Associates. Described as "Harry Potter meets Nightmare on Elm Street, it is "a fantastically original, darkly funny and shiver-inducing new horror series about what happens when 12-year-old Kyle’s imaginary friend from childhood comes back to life". The series is aimed at the 9+ age group, and the first book, Invisible Fiends: Mr Mumbles, is scheduled for publication in early 2010. HarperCollins will be showing early proofs at this year’s Bologna Book Fair.

Lake describes it as "one of those rare projects that combine a fresh premise, wonderfully accessible writing, and the sort of deft humour that makes the terrorsweats just about bearable. Anyone who likes laughing, or screaming, or preferably both at the same time, will love it."

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Philip Caveney - Sebastian Darke - The Prince of Explorers


Mr Ripley's Review

Back in 2006, when the first book was unearthed from the book fair in Bologna, I looked forward to reading this story. Such a great ray of emerging titles were born from Derek Landy's - Skulduggery Plesant and Joanne Harris' - Runemarks, all making their deals at the fair.
So now we are on book three in the adventures of Sebastian Darke.

It starts out with Sebastian, Max and Cornelius venturing off into the deepest depths of the jungle in search of the legendary lost city of Mendip. Philip has written another great adventure, building on the characters' relationships with each other. This is another magical story with great detail; very well written. It has lots of humour and laughter as Sebastian becomes a jester once more. As the book gathers pace, the story takes on a new twist and I found myself feeling sad as the story came to a climax.
Another great read from cover to cover with this on-going adventure which keeps getting better and better. Five out of Five and I'd like to thank Philip for getting a copy of this book sent out to me. Many thanks.



Synopsis


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.

Biography
Sebastian Darke:

1. Prince of Fools - Published by Bodley Head Children's Books 4 Jan 2007
2. Prince of Pirates - Published by Bodley Head Children's Books 5 Feb 2008
3. Prince of Explorers - Published by Bodley Head Children's Books 5 Feb 2009

Alec Devlin:

1. The Eye of the Serpent - Red Fox 7 Aug 2008
2. Empire of the Skull - Red Fox 6 Aug 2009

Post Two - New Children's Hardback Releases - April 2009



This is post two of all the great books to look forward which will be out in April 2009.


Hardbacks:

James Patterson - Maxiumride:Max - Doubleday - 2 April 2009

P B Kerr - Eye of the Forest - Scholastic - 6 April 2009

Caro King - Seven Sorcerers - Quercus Publishing - 2 April 2009

Michael Grant - Gone - Egmont - 6 April 2009

Derek Landy - Skulduggery Pleasant:The Faceless Ones - HarperCollins - 6 April 2009

Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking - George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt - Doubleday - 2 April 2009

Marion Perkins - Stone Cat - Book Guild Publishing - 23 April 2009

Julie Hearn - Rowan the Strange - Oxford Children's - 2 April 2009

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

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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.

PLEASE READ IT AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK?
http://www.lovewriting.co.uk/book/2705/Water-Source-by-Will-Goddard.html



Synopsis
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.


Synopsis

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....................


Synopsis

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.

Synopsis

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.

Biography

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



Synopsis
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.

Synopsis

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

Synopsis

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.


synopsis

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.