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5-4-3-2-1: Karen McCombie and Becka Moor

Thrilled to have a double 5-4-3-2-1 here today! One of my favourite authors, Karen McCombie, and favourite illustrators, Becka Moor, have teamed up for a new series from Stripes, kicking off with St Grizzle’s School For Girls, Goats and Random Boys. This is part of the awesome #SchoolWars blog tour which sees them face off against Barry Hutchison, author of Beaky Malone: Worst Ever School Trip. CLEARLY we are #TeamGrizzles here! Karen McCombie 5 songs that sum up St Grizzle’s perfectly Okay, so I can’t think of anything specific that says ‘bonkers boarding school featuring a goat’, but if you listen to this lot, it should get you in the right (ie quirkily daft) frame of mind to read it! (N

5-4-3-2-1: Len Vlahos

Excited to have our first 5-4-3-2-1 of 2017, with Len Vlahos, author of Life in a Fishbowl (published by Bloomsbury), taking part! Books you’d save from a burning bookcase (In alphabetical order) All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely— An important book in the U.S. that is a great conversation starter on the relationship between police and young African American men. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams — Because laughter is everything. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon — One of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read, and a shining example of why YA lit is so important. The Thousand Autumns of Jakob de Zoet by David Mitchell — A master class in wri

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