As much as we love London, it is a breath of fresh air to read a novel set in rural Ireland. Following on from her captivating debut novel, The Accident Season, Moira Fowley-Dowler’s atmospheric mystery, The Spell Book of the Lost and Found, is another enticing read.
Olive and Rose our two main protagonists have been to a summer party and each has lost something.
Someone had cast a spell to find their lost objects but all magic has a cost - for all the lost things called forward, people all over town are losing something in return. Small inconsequential losses are followed by friends drifting apart and when more important things go lost, tensions arise.
Pages of a diary start to show up in unexpected places telling a story of an exciting new friendship that starts to gain more sinister undertones. Following the trail of these pages, Olive and Rose meet Ivy, Hazel and Rowan – three teens squatting in a half built house on the edge of the town. They have their own losses and their own secr...
We’re really looking forward to reading Spynosaur by Guy Bass, so it’s great to have him on the site today to take part in our 5-4-3-2-1 feature!
Five songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly
1. The James Bond theme
2. The Dinosaur Song by Johnny Cash
3. Walk the Dinosaur by Was Not Was
4. Spy by They Might Be Giants
5. The theme tune to pretty much any 22-minute animated cartoon from the 1980s (but if you’ve got some time on your hands, check out Pole Position, M.A.S.K, and the greatest cartoon theme tune in history, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers.)
Four books you’d save from a burning bookcase
1. Dune by Frank Herbert – it’s a universe in a book. I’ve never read anything else that does such a good job of creating conflicting worlds, cultures and people. It doesn’t feel like Frank Herbert created Dune, it felt like he travelled there and wrote down what he witnessed.
2. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – the book...
Sesame Seade series by Clementine Beauvais and Sarah Horne – This series was one of the ones which really got me into reading MG mysteries in a big way, after the fabulous Caitlin book-pushed it on so many of us. Clementine Beauvais has created a wonderful lead character in Sesame and Sarah Horne’s illustrations are fantastic.
Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry – So much fun, this story about a group of girls at a boarding school who cover up the death of their headmistress to avoid being sent home to their families is an utterly hilarious read.
Mystery and Mayhem anthology from Egmont – This upcoming collection is PERFECT for fans of crime short stories! 12 fabulous authors, some writing familiar things – Julia Golding and Elen Caldecott continue their series with excellent tales which are great whether or not you’ve read them before – and some changing it up completely – Robin...