This summer saw a bit of a reading revolution in my household; my ten year old son finally hit upon the one thing that will actually enable him to go to bed late! Yes, you guessed it – reading! Not that he didn’t read before, as you will know, we have always read together, shared stories and generally surrounded ourselves with books but prior to this summer we had never encountered the scenario where he finished a book before me! I can’t tell you how much joy it brought to my heart when he was following me around the house asking if I had read a book yet, because he really wanted to talk about what had happened but knew he couldn’t spoil the story!

To further compound my joy, he also takes great delight in reading to me now, complete role reversal! He particularly loves it if has read a book that I have not (and yes, sometimes I lie just so he’ll read it to me!) What brought about this momentous happening, you ask, and here I have to credit Liz Pichon and Tom Gates as for some reason these are the books that just gelled. After reading the third book in just two sittings the young sir announced that if I kept giving him funny books, he would just keep reading them. Obviously this was not a threat that worried me – I think you can all guess what happened next. Yes, I admit it, I may have overreacted and nearly caused the great book avalanche of 2020 (no one would be surprised at this point). Despite these odds, the child was true to his word and has continued to devour books at a pace, ever since.

If Tom Gates was the hook then I would have to say that the catch of the day was Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor. My son was absolutely enchanted by this book and the follow-up Wundersmith and literally cannot wait for the third instalment Hollowpox which is due in October. This is a really great series full of magic, intrigue and wonder and not only can I not recommend it enough, my son thinks you should read it too!

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have.

I can’t give you any ‘live’ quotes today as the boy has returned to school so I am sitting here typing alone (which is weird) but I can give you a sneak peak into his latest TBR pile, so here goes:

The Astounding Broccoli Boy – Frank Cottrell-Boyce

The Nothing to See Here Hotel – Steven Butler

The Bad Luck Lighthouse – Nikki Thornton

The Name of This Book is Secret – Pseudonymous Bosch

I Swapped My Brother on the Internet – Jo Simmons

As well as having books of his own I have noticed that certain books from our bookshelves have migrated onto his and the most notable are:

  1. The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan-Doyle
  2. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  3. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  4. Every single Harry Potter book from all of our collections!

Alas, we are drawing to a close, I promise to report back with some more thoughts and reviews from the boy’s mouth very soon. Happy reading all – keep reading aloud to your little (and big) ones and who knows, one day they might be reading to you too!