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Blog tour: Wicked Writing Skills

Welcome to the blog tour for Wicked Writing Skills by Lexi Rees ! About the book… Wicked Writing Skills: Over 90 non-fiction activities for children Writing is like a spell. It can melt hearts and fry brains, twisting and turning as the magic works. Want the world to fall at your feet, destroyed by the might of your pen? - Sharpen your powers of persuasion - Sky-rocket your debating skills - Add ooomph to your reports - And lots more! Packed with top tips, this awesome workbook has everything you need to know to become a WICKED WRITER. What did I think? This is not the first book by Lexi Rees that I am lucky to review. Earlier this year I was happy to join the blog tour for The Book Dragon Club and I loved it so much that I couldn’t wait to browse the pages of Wicked Writing Skills . The book is aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11 so, once again, both myself and my daughter are not its target audience. But we will be one day, and I am looking forward to help her navigate

Cover reveal: A Cinderella Story

๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜š๐˜ฌ๐˜บ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜—๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ #๐จ๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ค  → ๐๐‹๐”๐‘๐ : For her twenty-sixth birthday, Skylar gets a psychic reading as a present from her mother. Although she is skeptical, she decides to actually go ahead with it. When the woman manages to touch on things Skylar hasn’t even admitted to herself and gives her some strange advice, Skylar leaves not knowing how to feel. But when part of the psychic’s premonitions come true, her world is turned upside down. ⁣ Since his wife died two years ago, Carter’s entire world has centered around his daughter Everly. At this point in his life, he’s not sure he’ll ever be able to move on. And then a blonde with curly hair and emerald eyes waltzes into his life and awakens desires he thought no longer existed. ⁣ Neither Skylar nor Carter are prepared for what fate has in store for them, yet th

Blog tour: The Chalet

Welcome to the blog tour for The Chalet by Catherine Cooper , who generously dedicated some of her time to answer my questions below! Hi Catherine! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of The Chalet ! Can you please briefly tell us what it is about? A: Hi Silvia! Thank you for having me and The Chalet on your blog! The Chalet is set across two main time lines. In 1998 two brothers go out skiing and only one comes back. it’s for the reader to work out what the characters in the second timeline in 2020 do (or don’t) have to do with what happened. Did you have the plot entirely figured out when you started writing the book or did it take an unexpected turn as the characters grew on the page? A: I didn’t have it figured out at all. At one point I tried to plan it out with coloured post its on a whiteboard with different colours for different stories, but it still turned out as an entirely different story. There’s a key scene in the middle around which the ent

In conversation with... Lucy Rand

Hi Lucy ! Thank you for joining me today. I have recently read  The Phone Box at the Edge of the World  by  Laura Imai Messina , which you have translated from Italian into English, and I’d like to ask you a few questions both on this specific book and more generally on translation. So let’s begin… How did you get started in literary translation? A: I studied Italian and Spanish at university, and there was always a translation element, and I always found it really fun, but we had a career talk from a translator who said (to my memory, at least!) that you can either translate manuals for washing machines and make a living, or you can translate books or subtitles or comics and not make a living. And that either option involved having no company, lots of time on the computer, and maybe some cats. I already knew that I wanted to make a living, I quite liked having some company, and I wasn’t a huge fan of computers or cats… so I wrote it off immediately. Fast forward four years and I’d mov