Book Review: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend

cv_nevermoorAvailable in bookshops nationwide.

This captivating tale introduces us to a rather fascinating new character in the Junior Fiction genre.

Morrigan Crow has had a rather ill-starred life and finds herself staring fate right in the eye. She was blamed, due to a long-held superstition, for all sorts of mishaps that have occurred in her hometown, and needs rescuing. Enter the brilliantly named Jupiter North, who might not at first appear particularly heroic – but as they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

It soon becomes clear that Jupiter sees Morrigan as more capable than anybody in her family ever recognised, and has chosen her to contend for a place in a prestigious organisation. But there is a rather tricky path to navigate and particular trials to achieve, to ensure that Morrigan  can stay in the safety of Nevermoor.

This is a very well written book, peppered with all types of quirky, colourful characters. There are twists and turns aplenty, and magic abounds.

This is a debut for Jessica Townsend and she has done a wonderful job, you are engaged immediately with the story, the language is descriptive and vibrant. Children of all ages will enjoy this book and I suspect that many will read it more than once as they await further the  adventures of the redoubtable Morrigan Crow.

Reviewed by Marion Dreadon

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow 
by Jessica Townsend
Published by Lothian Children’s Books
ISBN 9780734418074


Book Review: A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy, by Libby Hathorn, illustrated by Phil Lesnie

cv_a_soldier_a_dog_andAvailable in bookshops nationwide.

This is an engaging, beautifully crafted story of a young Australian soldier who goes off to do battle at Somme.

His journey takes a twist when he comes across what he thinks is a stray dog and decides to keep him only to come upon the dog’s owner, a homeless orphan, and so begins a rather heartwarming journey.

It turns out that young Jacques roams because the Orphanages will not allow him to keep his dog Victoire and although Jaques says “No” when Albert offers to adopt Victoire, giving him a home and food, a change of mind brings a change of fortune.

This book was wonderfully illustrated, the attention to detail was just perfect and fit so well with the story. Easy to read, children will love the warmth of the story and they will love Jacques and Victoire in particular. Ideal for children 7 and up, this is just a delightful book.

Reviewed by Marion Dreadon

A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy
by Libby Hathorn
Published by Lothian Children’s Books
ISBN 9780734416377