My Mid Week Musings of 2020 #2

Where did the past week go? I feel as though getting back into routine has meant that each day is packed full of a variety of tasks and activities that I missed over the festive period and am glad to have now returned to as I start the new calendar year, finding myself extremely busy amongst the variety of roles that I maintain.

I have had some interesting and exciting book post over the past seven days including The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King (Scholastic), Sam Wu is Not afraid of Zombies by Katie and Kevin Tsang (Egmont) and The Pear Affair by Judith Eagle (Faber) – all of which I am delighted to have added to my TBR pile. Correspondence I have received from a variety of publishers indicates I have more books on their way to me which I obviously cannot wait to receive too, and indicate that 2020 is definitely going to be an unbelievable year in the world of children’s fiction – which makes me feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it all.

I have kick started 2020 posts on the FCBG Blog ( go to and sign up to receive an email each time their is new content ) with a brilliant feature written by my friend and fellow local children’s book group member Erin ( follow her on twitter @erinlynhamilton ) which detailed an evening with Onjali Rauf. The blog is both informative and interesting, and as I missed the event itself due to poor health I was pleased to feel a part of it through this feature. Interested in reading it yourself? head to

I have to mention having finished reading Ross Welford’s latest book The Kid Who Came from Space this week and just how phenomenal a read it is – we have bought copies at work from the Scholastic website (as previously mentioned last week, I am now enjoying choosing some new books with our book fair commission) and they went out on loan within an hour of me adding them to the library system and putting them out on display – we are massive RW fans! I got to ask Ross questions relating to his latest book as well as many other subjects for the FCBG Blog so keep an eye out for that (even more reason to sign up!) as I was delighted to learn more about Ross in the process, feeling very fortunate to have the opportunity to do so.

A full review of The Kid Who Came from Space will publish on here very soon, and I shall also be sharing my write up of Lisa Thompson’s latest book The Boy who fooled the World and the upcoming release from Matilda Wood’s (Scholastic) Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things which hits shelves on the 6th February. I also have a lovely selection of picture books to share with you all prior to me gifting them to someone that ensures they all find homes with children that otherwise have limited or no access to books at home.

So, I read that Jess Butterworth has a new book coming out in April and I am eager to get hold of a copy and feature it on here before sharing the story with my children at home ( we all love JB) and the children at school too. If you haven’t yet indulged in one of Jess’ titles then take your pick as they are all equally amazing, with her most recent book Swimming against the Storm (April 2019) being an utterly fantastic adventure story.

And finally, what am I reading this week? Well, I continue to read The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell to my youngest child (10yo) at his bed time which is maintaining his interest and generating lots of questions and theories as we go along ( I am delighted of course!). I recently spotted the cover design for the hardback of this title and was completely mesmerised and delighted by the appearance of Paragon on there. I really need to own that version too! We are both so looking forward to Zillah’s upcoming release The Shark Caller, which publishes on 9th July. I am reading Demelza and the Spectre Detectors which is the debut title of Holly Rivers and will pick up more books as the week goes on, especially once I have put the reviews of the past weeks reading on here. Until next time, enjoy your week ahead and do make time for reading.

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