A message from Robin Stevens!!

After starting up this blog, I thought that it would make sense to create an @misstrecommends Twitter account so that I can follow authors, reading charities etc to get up to date knowledge on current children’s books, ideas for teaching and so on. At the same time, I am tweeting my blogs so that anybody…

A trip to Waterstones…

I just can’t help myself when having a nosey around Waterstones. The new Murder Most Unladylike Mystery is out, so I just HAD to get that and because it is in the buy one get one half price range, I just HAD to get a David Walliams book that I haven’t read yet,┬áRatburger. As well…

Flour babies – Anne Fine

Wow. A very different book to what I’d normally choose as I naively assumed when I picked it up that it would be a bit ‘girly’ – what a hypocrite I am! I always tell my students to endeavour to remove stereotypes and be individuals rather than pigeon hole themselves and others according to what…

Anne Fine

I have just read an article about Anne Fine, previously the Children’s Laureate, about her inspirations for writing, her previous books and some advice for aspiring writers. I found out that she wrote a book called ‘Madame Doutfire’ which was the inspiration for ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ the film staring Robin Williams, a childhood favourite of mine!…

The Windvale Sprites by Mckenzie Crook

Starting with a witty prologue which left me wanting more, Crook did not disappoint with this fantastic book!  Asa discovers a fairy-like creature after a terrible storm and his thirst for further knowledge and understanding leads him to investigate a rather bonkers man who lived in his town two hundred years ago… This is one…

Ever fancied having a super power???

Josie Jenkins in The Strongest Girl in the World by Sally Gardner is, as you’ve probably guessed, mega strong. This is a lovely story which would be great for someone who finds reading a bit challenging. It’s fun, has quirky illustrations, only 92 pages and a includes some great messages for you to digest. We…

What I thought of Chinese Cinderella

Well I was glad that I was prepared for this emotional tale as it was pretty heartbreaking at points, more so because I knew that it was based on real events.  As I said in my previous blog, I couldn’t help but compare this book as I went along to ‘Spilled Water’ as I have only recently…

Latest book purchases at the boot fair/ charity shops

   Particularly excited about the book written and illustrated by Makenzie Crook, an actor I really like. You may know him from Pirates of the Caribbean as the pirate with the false wooden eye.  I have bought a few animal stories as I have been asked to recommend some good ones…

Currently reading ‘Chinese Cinderella’ by Adeline Yen Mah

I remember a friend at school recommending me this book, but I never got round to reading it. I’m preparing myself for an emotional ride after reading reviews such as the one below. Some reviews also comment on the insight this books gives into Chinese culture. Already I have read about her Grandma who has…

Beast quest continued…

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the second and the third books in the Best Quest series. Tom and Elenna make a great double act who continue to try and free the beasts of an evil spell. I hope to come back to the next books in the series, mainly as I have my suspicions as…

The wonder of Walliams!

  I totally agree with Sue Townsend that David Walliams’ books will be classics in the future, it is undeniable that he has a flare for comedy that could rival Dahl.  I have read a few of his books: Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny (my personal favourite), The Boy in the Dress and Billionaire Boy. Demon Dentist…