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SLA's Friday Favourites (16/04)

16 April 2021 Share

Reading recommendations we think you'll love.

Title: The Incredible Record Smashers

Author: Jenny Pearson

Illustrator: Erica Salcedo

Publisher: Usborne

Age: 8-12

Publication date: 29th April 2021

ISBN: 9781474993869

Reviewer: Dawn Woods




WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Lucy loves mending gadgets and, seeing how unhappy her Mum is, would also like to fix things for her. An unexpected friendship develops with Sandesh from school, and having seen a photo of her Mum smiling and happy with a famous TV presenter the pair hatch a plan to appear on a TV programme Record Smashers, hosted by the same Paul Castellini, convinced seeing him again will make her Mum happy.

It doesn't matter what record, and Lucy tries quite a few before settling on one quite bizarre. There are facts about some of these strange records at the beginning of each chapter, although the one about smashing watermelons doesn't end well (except for Wilbur the watermelon). Once two thieves become involved, the story moves quickly and just adds to the strange direction life can take you.


HOW DID READING IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

This book is fun. It's bonkers and far fetched, but it will make children laugh and sometimes that's more important than realism.


WHAT LASTING IMPRESSION DID IT HAVE?

The book has a strong message of the love Lucy has for her Mum, and that's what Mum values, not fame. For Sandesh, he too gains more understanding from his parents for his needs.


WHY SHOULD OTHERS READ IT?

Sometimes children take too much upon themselves, blaming themselves for factors outside their control.


HOW COULD YOU SEE PEOPLE USING THIS BOOK?

Useful when looking at different families, mental health and humour.


MEET THE AUTHOR

Jenny Pearson has been awarded with six mugs, one fridge magnet, one wall plaque and numerous cards for her role as 'Best Teacher in the World'. When she is not busy being inspirational in the classroom, she would like nothing more than to relax with her two young boys, but she can't as they view her as a human climbing frame. She lives in the North East of England.

The Incredible Record Smashers tackles some big life subjects, but in an hilarious and approachable way, giving children the tools to grow emotionally. You can join Jenny as she talks to EmpathyLab founder Miranda McKearney about the power of stories to allow young readers to build understanding and empathy for a special author event on 20th April (7-8pm). Register here.


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Title: Where the Crawdads Sing

Author: Delia Owens

Publisher: Corsair

Age: Adult

Publication date: 12th December 2019

ISBN: 9781472154668

Reviewer: Hannah Groves




WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

For years, Kya Clark has lived alone in the marsh just outside of a quiet fishing town in North Carolina. Barefoot and 'wild', she is known to residents as the 'Marsh Girl' and grows up under the shadow of prejudice, rejected by society. So when popular Chase Andrews is mysteriously found dead, Kya quickly becomes a suspect. But Kya is not what everyone says she is.


HOW DID READING IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

Kya's loneliness sat heavy with me throughout the book, and it was heartbreaking to imagine a life without the support of a loving family. But, at the same time, it was inspiring to read about how Kya adapted to her situation, became fiercely independent and found comfort in the marsh.


WHAT LASTING IMPRESSION DID IT HAVE?

It reminded me that we don't always know a person's whole story, and how simply showing some kindness has the power to drastically impact someone's life. There's more to people than meets the eye, and being different should be celebrated for the uniqueness and strength it gives us rather than shunned.


HOW COULD YOU SEE PEOPLE USING THIS BOOK?

This is a great read for learning about nature and appreciating its unknown wonders, as well as holding an important message for how we treat people and the impact it can have. 


MEET THE AUTHOR

Delia Owens is the co-author of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and many others. She currently lives in North Carolina. Where the Crawdads Sing is her first novel. Visit her website here.


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