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kidsreadbooks is changing!

kidsreadbooks is changing!

You know what January is like. Christmas is over. The decorations are down, the cake is eaten, you are half a stone overweight and it’s cold outside. All you want to do is curl up in front of the fire with a good book, and wait for spring.
But it’s also a time to focus on what’s new, what’s exciting and forge ahead in new directions. That’s why, from January 2013, kidsreadbooks will be changing to a new site called The Fiction Files. It will cover children’s and YA fiction as before, but will now also be covering fiction for adults. There will be more news, reviews, competitions and features, and one or two guest reviewers to join the team.
All the reviews from kidsreadbooks will still be available, eventually on both sites, but all new reviews will appear on The Fiction Files. The reviews themselves will also change, with scores out of ten, recommendations for other reads based on the review and more by the same author, and more cover art work for you to enjoy.
Is there anything else you would like to know? Would you like to join our new team of reviewers? Would you like to send books for review? Get in touch at Kristina.west@btopenworld.com.

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The Life of Riley

The Life of Riley
Written by Joanna Nadin
Price: £6.99
Recommended age: 13+

It’s not often I review sequels. It’s even less often that I love a first book, want to read the rest, than find out by accident that I already have the sequel sitting in my teetering pile of unread books. But such was yesterday, and I did squeal very excitedly because I loved Queen of Teen nominee Joanna Nadin’s first story of Rachel Riley, My So-Called Life.
I’m pleased to say that the sequel more than lived up to hopes, and that I laughed so hard at some bits that I felt slightly sick. Rachel is growing up, and finding the middle-class confines of Saffron Walden almost more than she can bear, but when her New Year’s resolutions include attempting to stop friendship with chav neighbour Thin Kylie, and experimenting with alcohol and all sorts of other stuff that I had best not include on a children’s book review website, you know it is going to be anything but boring.
Rachel’s Mum has a sense of renewed vigour with her Cilit Bang obsession (and I am recognising some worrying similarities between her and me…), the dog is as mad as ever, and the Cornish relatives with their Fray Bentos pies and Spar bags really do have me crying with laughter. In amongst all of this, Rachel has to try to work out why she keeps kissing the wrong boys, and why the right ones don’t want to kiss her back. Or are they the right ones after all?
Beg, buy, borrow a copy of The Life of Riley – you won’t regret it, and I highly recommend all middle class mothers with teenagers daughters to read it too (although it might scare you a bit). A quick reminder: take note of the warning of rude content if you are sensitive about that sort of thing.

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The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water
Written by Sarah Crossan
Price: £6.99
Recommended age: 10+

Despite all the great books now available for children and young adults, there are still very few that are able to stun you with their originality and talent. Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water is such a book.
Although this is her debut, I had previously read her second novel, a dystopian thriller called Breathe (see review), which I found far superior to many others in the genre. However, it completely failed to prepare me for The Weight of Water, the tale of Polish girl Kasienka, who moves to Coventry with her mother in search of her errant father, and finds that fitting in is not going to be so easy.
The story is told in poetic form, offering both a novel and a volume of poetry that can be dipped into or read through in one sitting (as I did). It covers loss, loneliness, bullying, friendship and first love as Cassie adapts to her new country – and it adapts to her.
My own favourite poem is ‘Split’, as Kasienka tries – and fails – to reconcile all of the different people she is expected to be. Haunting, beautiful, terrifying and ultimately truthful, I defy you not to be moved by this incredible debut. Crossan really is a talent to watch.

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