I am posting three book reviews here.
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
In my previous post I mentioned that a number of books (all published before about 1958) featured in The Librarian by Salley Vickers. Tom’s Midnight Garden was one of them. I first read it when my children were at primary school. The copy I read then has not left our house! I couldn’t remember anything about it, when I began to reread it. A few parts were vaguely familiar later on. (I do find that reviewing books helps me remember more about them than if I just turned to the next book and read it without giving a further thought to the latest one.) It is a very imaginative book. The story jumps about rather than having a linear timeline for the night-time. The daytime has a more usual timeline. The reason for this becomes clear towards the end of the story. Perhaps it was too complicated a story for me to remember it after a single reading.
(I remembered reading another title by Philippa Pearce as a pre-teen – A Dog so Small. It has a simpler plot.) This time I read Tom’s Midnight Garden from cover to cover in a day, becoming completely engrossed in the story.
Ash Princess: In a land without a queen, the princess must rise by Laura Sebastian
This book was on a display with other teenage titles at the library. It is the first of a trilogy. The book is about an oppressive regime and has a lot of violence in it. Part 2 is Lady Smoke, which was published earlier this year. I shall be looking out for it as I am interested in how the story develops.
Three things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon
This was a library book I borrowed when I returned Ash Princess. By the end of the day I had finished reading it! It is a fascinating book with similarities to the earlier book by Joanna Cannon, which I reviewed. The similarities lie in a mystery from the past being unravelled. The characters and the way the story is told are rather different. If you enjoyed The trouble with goats and sheep, you should enjoy this. Another book with a similar “flavour” is Elizabeth is missing. I realised that I spend too much time on social media, when some of the sentences in Three things about Elsie jumped out at me and I thought how Tweetable they would be!