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Library Loans March

I've not borrowed a huge amount from the library this month, most because I've had a lot of review books turn up. That said the books I did borrow were all brilliant

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson

Stella has always looked forward to changing the world. It’s what she was brought up to do, by a suffragette mother who knew all about fighting and rebellion. But it’s November 1918. The great flu pandemic sweeping the world has robbed Stella of her mother and her home, and she’s alone in a strange country, with an aunt she’s never met.

But change is coming – the war is over, and women are about to vote for the first time. History is being made, but how can she help make it? As election day approaches, a day that will transform Ireland forever, Stella realises that she can indeed change the world. Not alone, and not all at once. But just as stars come one by one to brighten the night sky, so history is made person by person, girl by girl.

I loved this book. It is set towards the end of World War One just after women have been granted the vote but just before they actually get to use it for the first time. The main character is a young girl who has had to just move in with an aunt because her suffragette mother has just died from the Spanish Flu which is killing hundreds. I loved it because you got a real sense of the world on the cusp of a brave new world with the end of the war in sight and the promise of a better life after it. I got far too geeky about the suffragette and medical history involved. In short I loved it.

A spoonful of murder by Robin Stevens

Not a review as such as I always struggle to know what to say about books that are several deep into a series apart from to say I am so very pleased it continues to be such a strong series and I loved the setting for the book as the majority takes place in Hong Kong. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Big Bones by Laura Dockrill

The latest teen novel from the sparkling Laura Dockrill, introducing Bluebelle, and her moving, hilarious take on food, body image and how we look after ourselves and others

A heart-warming teen story from the unique voice of Laura Dockrill, about Bluebelle, aka BB, aka Big Bones - a sixteen-year-old girl encouraged to tackle her weight even though she's perfectly happy, thank you, and getting on with her life and in love with food. Then a tragedy in the family forces BB to find a new relationship with her body and herself. Moving, memorable and hilarious.

I love a Laura Dockrill book anyway but I think this is my favourite to date. It's funny and heart warming. It has brilliant things to say about body confidence and pleasing yourself rather than conforming to what others expect from you. It left me hungry after every page as every single food stuff mentioned is described in such a delicious way. I loved it.