Ada arrived with a box full of magic, but no-one seemed to care. The staff had positioned her and her stage in a shaded part of the West Lawn, which was bordered by a small forest of tall pine trees that loomed over her as she set up her small stage, unpacking her magical possessions… Continue reading SHORT FICTION: The Fairy Forest at Sunset by Cassie Parkes
Alexa Kroshatt’s mind whirled with escape plans: injury, illness, blackmail. Sweat clung to Alexa’s forehead like a sticky Band-aid. She scrunched herself into a tight ball—like if she made herself smaller, she might be invisible. The soft, lavender comforter that was babyish but Alexa’s only protection from evil was thrown off. “Alexa,” a firm voice… Continue reading SHORT FICTION: The Bomb Squad by Avah Dodson
My mum can fit inside a jar. SHEILA SPANGLE THE AMAZING CONTORTIONIST reads the sign on our caravan. Twice a day Mama squeezes inside her jar. Papa’s a magician – Herman the Mighty. And my older brother Anthony flies on the trapeze night after night in the Big Top. I’m Cassie, nine years… Continue reading SHORT STORY: Circus Girl by Dianne Bates
Little Albert’s scared so I’m holding his hand. The warden’s shouting AIR RAID DAMAGE down the receiver in the phone box. Seems daft to me with all the smoke scribbling up into the sky.
- Short review - A fast moving fantasy novel for readers 10 to 12 with elements like Philip Pullman's stories. Follow Tess and her pet tarantula on an amazing adventure through parallel worlds. You will trip along this story from beginning to end spellbound by Sinead O'Hart's unique turn of phrase. - Longer Review -… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Star Spun Web by Sinead O’Hart
- Short Review - In the age of increasing environmental awareness this is an absolute joy of a book. The story of Sorrel and the "Surprising Seeds" she finds in her back garden. Seeds which struggle to sprout until she sprinkles them on her head - before she knows it the whole town is growing… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Bloom by Nicola Skinner
- Short Review - A charming tale to celebrate 30 years of Percy the park keeper and his animal friends. They're all enjoying a game of hide 'n' seek one day but fox is struggling to find a good hiding place. When he breaks the rules and enters Percy's workshop he comes to a sticky… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: One Springy Day by Nick Butterworth