Book Haul 2 -Dec ’17

Well, at our school we hold a Half Price Book Fair twice a year thanks to Scholastic Publishers. I brought a fair few books to add to my collection (not all pictured) but £40.00 for 12 books as well as other miscellaneous stationary was a steal and an amount I was more than happy to pay. One that makes me very eager for the next sale in July…

10 of the 12 books that were purchased at the Book Fair (apologies for the quality of the photo).

The first book that I decided to buy for myself was Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I made this purchase as it is the book that our Literacy students spent the last half term focusing on in their classes, all thanks to the resources supplied by, once again, Scholastic. I am one of the only staff members at the school that had not read the book as I was not there when the school did a big push on everyone reading it a couple of years prior. Determined to read it so that I could discuss it with students if they wished and yet I am still only a third of the way through and I brought it on the 4th of December. Then again, there are several other books on the go in my life presently.

The next two books that I decided to purchase were both Christmas books that I would be able to read with my nephew while we were both on holiday from work/school and he was having sleepovers at my house. The first of which was Bah Humbug by Michael Rosen.


I chose this book because the author of it is the favourite of my nephew. I have only read Michael Rosen’s Sad Book previously so I would have chosen it for the story-line had I just been shopping without thought of my nephew. However, the consideration that that 8-year-old boy can recite some of his poetry to me without prompting so it had to be the one that I went for. Unfortunately, it took us so long to read the other one that we never got around to even starting this book.

The other Christmas story that I purchased for the two of us to read was A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. This one was not purchased with any thought of my nephew, except for reading it with him, but rather on the recommendation of other staff and students who had read it and proclaimed it to be a good book. It took us a few evenings to finish this story, although that may have been because of the way in which we read it (he found it very amusing for us to read one line of the book each, which did take us a LOT longer, not that his parents know we were still reading it at 1 in the morning). The story contained within the pages was a beautiful on and one that I am hoping continues throughout the rest of the series should I get a chance to read them.


Coraline is, as you know if you have read my review of it, a book that I rate very highly but have not owned my own copy of until now. Having watched the film, this book is one that I feel my nephew would now be able to read as it couldn’t scare him any more than the film did, I hope. I only spent £1.50 on this book but I would have happily paid more for it just so that my nephew would one day be able to gain the same love for the book that I did. It is a brilliant work from Neil Gaiman that should be on everyone’s bookcases and To Be Read lists.

My next purchase was Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.


This book is one that we, a few members of staff at the school, are currently looking at as to its suitability to recommend to one of our students who is looking for books on Autism. That is the only reason that this book made it onto my pile of purchases but I am hopeful that it will stay on my bookcase for years to come if the other reviews that I have had are anything to go by.


“Sabotaged High Wires,

Ravenous Lions,

A Demonic Ringmaster,

A Circus Without a Safety Net.

“Ben, the teenage son of a powerful government minister, attends on opening night and falls under the spell of Hoshiko, the tightrope walker and star attraction.

“But as he steps beyond the dazzle and spectacle of the arena, to reveal the horrors that lurk beneath, can he find the courage to resist, to rebel, to help end the cruelty and the carnage?

“Step right up for this heartbreaking and heart-racing story – the darker the danger, the louder you’ll scream…”

It was the cover of this book that drew me in and made me pick up the book but it was the synopsis on the back that guaranteed my purchase of it. The storyline, summed up in those 4 paragraphs, peeked my interest and gripped my senses.


A book title that is designed to make people think of a Beyonce song is a well-designed book, already making the title stick in your mind as you think of the song like an ear worm.

Unlike the song that states that girls run the world, this book is literally all about girls having to take on the running of the world. A virus that takes out most men has meant that it HAS to be the women who take charge and the world seems to become a better place without war or greed. This book is about a 14-year-old that thinks all males in the species are extinct, until she meets one.


Born to a witch in 1577. What more is needed?

Okay, Alyce’s (love the spelling) mother is a woman burned at the stake for witchcraft. She comes into her own power in London where Queen Elizabeth I has started a witchhunt leaving Alyce to run from the political forces that are on her tail making her wonder about her own worth to them. Rival queens are vying for more power leaving the fate of England on the shoulders of Alyce alone.

The Ones that Disappeared by Zana Fraillon. This is a book by a Carnegie Short-listed author. 3 children, slaves who ran away. The Police that mustn’t be trusted. Child trafficking. Fear, Courage, Freedom.



A town where wearing glasses can stop you going blind, rather a town where you HAVE to wear glasses or else you WILL go blind. A town where mess is not tolerated. A town where you must be perfectly behaved at all times. Violet soon discovers that there is something strange going on in the town and that the ever-present ‘Watchers’ are guarding a well-kept secret that is more creepy than cautious.


“On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colours have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is on the way.

And then there’s red. Red is rare. A warning.

Seventeen years ago, the sky turned red just as Ósa was born, unleashing a plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of villagers, including her own mother. This time, when the night sky once again bleeds crimson, she must discover how to stop the onslaught before so many lives are lost again.”

A simple cover but one that perfectly fits the contents of the book, it was this simplicity that drew me in, thinking that just before Christmas it was a third book that I could pick up for myself and my nephew to read together. Then I read the back cover and realised that I was very wrong on that front but that discovery made me happy because instead of the Christmas book that I thought I might have been looking at, I found one that appealed far more to my own style of reading and the books that I fill my shelves with.


“Dan is angry. Nothing has been the same since his big brother left, and he’s taking it out on the nearest and weakest target: Alex.

Alex is struggling. His severe OCD makes it hard for him to leave the house, especially when Dan and his gang are waiting for him at school…

When the two boys’ mums arrange for them to meet out of school and finish building the raft that Dan started with his brother, it seems like the end of the world. But could it be the start of an unlikely friendship?”

A story about OCD, bullying, and unlikely friendships offered me all that I need in a book which is the reason that I finished off my shopping spree of books with this one. Admittedly, I thought at first it might have been a story about LGBT* because the cover reminded me of Mind Your Head (no idea how I made that connection) but I was not disappointed from reading the blurb of the book.

All photos will be replaced with better quality as soon as possible so apologies for that.

Blog posts are slowly being backdated so make sure that you check them out if you like what I do…

As the blog builds, there will be giveaways of books, both ones that I will review on here and ones that I am not likely to write about (not because I dislike them but because I feel as though they should be read and your own opinion formed on the topics within).


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