BIG FISH BY DANIEL WALLACE REVIEW

Title: Big Fish

Author: Daniel Wallace

Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Publication Date: 1st October, 1998

Pages: 192

Summary: He could outrun anybody, and he never missed a day of school. Animals loved him. People loved him. Women loved him (and he loved them back). And he knew more jokes than any man alive.

Now, as he lies dying, Edward Bloom can’t seem to stop telling jokes – or the tall tales that have made him, in his son’s eyes, an extraordinary man. Big Fish is the story of this man’s life, told as a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts his son, William, knows. Through these tales – hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous – William begins to understand Edward Bloom’s great feats, and his great failings, managing to reckon with the father he’s about to lose. And find a way to say goodbye.

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THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER BY LESLYE WALTON REVIEW

Title: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Publisher: Walker Books

Publication Date: 27th March 2014

Pages: 320

Summary: ‘To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel.’

Pain in love is the Roux family birthright. For Ava Lavender, a girl born with the wings of a bird, it is key to her fate.

Ava traces the lives and loves of the Roux women as she tries to understand what has made her who she is and what she will become. On the night of the summer solstice, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air and Ava’s fate is revealed.

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Halloween Read-Along!

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Halloween is coming up pretty quickly and I’m sure what everyone is thinking is “what is going to be my Halloween read?”
Well here at the Little Contemporary Corner we’ve certainly been thinking hard about what Halloween themed read we want to dive in to over the festive(?) period. Between the two of us we have come up with (drum roll please) … Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs!

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CLOUD ATLAS BY DAVID MITCHELL REVIEW!

Title: Cloud Atlas

Author: David Mitchell

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy

Publisher: Sceptre

Publication Date: March 2004

Pages: 529

Summary:  ‘Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies…’

Six interlocking lives – one amazing adventure. In a narrative that circles the globe and reaches from 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of time, genre and language to offer an enthralling vision of humanity’s will to power, and where it will lead us.

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