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  • May's Moon
    S.Y. Palmer
    May’s Moon

    From the very first page May’s Moon is a gripping read as we take each small step in the shoes of Michael, one of ten children hoping to win a place to complete a mission to the moon. When he arrives on the ‘Children’s Moon Program’ in Florida Michael learns to face his fears. His courage and confidence build as he survives each heart thumping stage of the assessments and trials required to follow his dream. The action is fast paced and while he adapts to his new environment there are some mysterious mishaps and surprises on the way as he learns about the nine children he has to compete against. Will Michael win a place?
    A Space story with a difference. This is an exhilarating informative and inspiring book. Every child reading it is sure to realise what it is to be braver, stronger and smarter than they could ever have imagined and they too could reach the moon or become the next Tim Peake.

    Carol Botterill
    Librarian
    The Abbey Junior School
    ~ Carol Botterill, Librarian The Abbey Junior School

  • May's Moon
    S.Y. Palmer
    The beginning of May’s Moon BLASTS OFF when Michael May is accepted to the Children’s Moon Programme (CMP) in America. Back at home in England he is nicknamed ‘Micky Moon’ for his love of the solar system. Amazingly, he is chosen as one of the 10 lucky applicants out of over 125,000 who make it on. Michael has always dreamed of going to the moon and now he stands a chance of making that dream come true!
    The plot begins to really TAKE OFF when Michael has to face a battery of daring challenges set by the CMP to see if he is made of real spaceman material. These challenges include trying to control a ‘Canadarm’, a large mechanical arm, underwater while blindfolded and wearing a special spacesuit, to writing a 1000 word essay on what space will be like in the future! Does Michael have what it takes to pass all the tests and make it into the final three candidates who will go on the two-year astronaut-training programme?
    I was ROCKETED at the end of the book when one of the characters is discovered and confirmed to have been eliminating their opponents through sabotage. Then another confesses to have been cheating and lying throughout the whole programme! Can Michael still win a chance of being the first child on the moon with all this foul play in the way?
    The book was a BLAST to read because it made me wish I was there doing and seeing everything the characters were. This exciting novel is about a boy who follows his dreams, overcoming his fears and finding self-confidence along the way. I’d recommend this book for 9-12 year olds who enjoy action and adventure!

    Review
    By Victoria van Heerden ~ Victoria van Heerden (Age 10)

  • May's Moon
    S.Y. Palmer
    May’s Moon is an exciting and moving adventure story about Michael - known at school as a geeky boy called Micky Moon. Ever since he looked at the sky from his bedroom window he became obsessed by space and taught himself a great deal about rockets and astronauts and the technical knowledge that lies behind space travel. When he wins a place on the Florida ‘Children’s Moon Programme’ his dream comes true. Like all good books this story is as much about people and their connections as it is about Michael’s desire to become an astronaut. Sue Palmer subtly reveals the characters of the children who are on the Moon Programme, and the reasons for them being there. The dialogue between the children is very real and alive and their reactions to the obstacles they have to overcome in the programme are vividly described. Michael’s relationship with his Dad and Mum and sisters and Granny is excellently portrayed and is an important part of the story. This book is an exciting read for all children but I think it would especially appeal to boys, many of whom will identify with Michael. ~ Susan Holliday, author of Kingsholt

  • Kingsholt
    Susan Holliday
    Review of Kingsholt by Susan Holliday


    From the first page this story crackles with a sense of mystery and foreboding. The reader is drawn in through Sam, the boy from Balham, who receives a mysterious letter from his cousin Chloe, inviting him to visit her at the ramshackle Kingsholt.

    The gradual reveal of the story’s central battle – for Chloe’s wellbeing – has the pace and feeling of unwrapping layers found in an Alan Garner novel. There is a deep and uncomfortable sense of magic, which the author uses to convey the dangers of being ensnared by someone who knows how to wield power.

    Nimbus, the dark character of the novel who attempts to trap Chloe in revenge for the death of his own daughter, is a damaged man stuck in a storm of grief. Susan Holliday skillfully presents him as a man for whom we feel sympathy alongside danger. She explores the theme of the past influencing the present, never allowing the characters to be merely good or evil: in this book there is a reason for all actions, a line between then and now.

    Kingsholt itself, the broken old house inherited by Chloe’s parents, is strongly evoked. It too is damaged, and overwhelming project to restore that Chloe’s parents escape from at every opportunity. Surrounding the house is glorious countryside and ancient ruins. Light and dark play out as Sam struggles to rescue his cousin, whilst longing for the simplicity of the city; for kicking a ball around; for the grace of writing beautifully according to set rules.

    The story’s sense of history gives the reader a chance to see a wide perspective. Just as the buzzard that we glimpse throughout the book sees all from above, so we are able to see how events connect and create consequence. This wonderful, multi-layered storytelling is engaging, and delivers a powerful message about the nature of good and evil, right and wrong. A highly enjoyable adventure, this is a must-read for 11 – 111s.

    ~ Jessica Small

  • May's Moon
    S.Y. Palmer
    Book Review
    Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite

    May’s Moon by S.Y. Palmer is a middle grade/age nine to twelve story about a lucky young teenager, Michael May, who has been selected from thousands to be in the final ten in a contest to send the first child to the moon. The story begins with Michael (from England) undertaking a series of exciting and gruelling test exercises with the other young contestants at the Florida Space Center – challenges and tasks under water that simulate conditions and dangers in space, swimming and running events, physical tests, tolerating g-forces etc. Michael’s life-long love for space enables him to overcome his usual lack of confidence as he approaches the final selection day. Not all his team mates are as honest or motivated and suspicions are aroused over the actions of one candidate, Jia Li. Will Michael seize the opportunity of a life time, or give up his chance to be the celebrated first child in space in favor of staying with his family?

    May’s Moon is an enjoyable story that will inspire and capture the imaginations of children interested in space discovery. What an exciting story idea: a contest that will select a child to travel to the moon. Michael is a likable and believable character, and readers will be rooting for him from the start. I love that he overcomes his fears and that this is his chance to emerge from being a timid, ignored boy and become the competent and wonderful young man that he really is. There are plenty of challenges and mystery as the plot unfolds at a good pace.

    For the young space enthusiast there are plenty of brilliant facts about astronaut training, planets, and space travel, making this much more than a fictitious story. Readers will be inspired to find out more, and S.Y. Palmer’s book is a great way to teach and inform through story. The writing style and dialogue are just right for the target readership. Michael’s and the other children’s sense of thrills, nerves and excitement are conveyed very well as they progress through the contest, with the sub-plot of Jia Li and her sabotaging tactics adding a touch of suspense too. Perfect for promoting interest in the mystery and wonder of what lies beyond our world, and for young space enthusiasts everywhere.
    ~ Readers' Favorites

  • May's Moon
    S.Y. Palmer
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it was a lovely change from the fantasy, spooky, dark books I have been reading of late.

    It follows a young boy, Michael May, from Britain on his journey to try to become one of three children picked to go to the moon.

    The first chapter had me completely hooked and after about page ten I had my heart in my mouth. It is a really great read with some really interesting facts woven in to give the reader a real insight into what an astronaut truly goes through before being selected for a mission. I loved the mystery that is within the main story and I really felt that Michael was a lovely boy and I desperately wanted him to be picked.

    Great for adventure fans, space fan and mystery fans, boys and girls 8+

    Posted on Goodreads ~ Emily Dunn, A Festival of Books Bookshop

  • Company of the Flaming Sword, The
    Seamus
    What a magical world, full of so many unexpected surprises! You will love this mystical journey. ~ Marla Adams, American Actress: “Splendour in the Grass”, “Gotcha”, “The Young and the Restless”.

  • Company of the Flaming Sword, The
    Seamus
    A world filled with magical spells, an old treasure map and portals to other worlds, Mithel and his friends go on an adventure fraught with danger and excitement, an adventure most children could only dream about. They encounter giant rats, a pirate ghost, and also find a key that unlocks the lost history of Caerleon. Without giving too much away, get ready for the most exciting adventure yet. I enjoyed every page. ~ Brian Perry, Hollywood actor: "Murphy Brown", "Days of Our Lives", "Just Shoot Me".

  • May's Moon
    S.Y. Palmer

    When Michael May is selected to participate in the Children’s Moon Program, he thinks all his dreams have come true. But only three of the ten teens are accepted to join NASA and though Michael has trained and studied as long as he can remember, inexplicable injuries and accidents befall his teammates. Michael is scared, but he’s also curious. Somebody must be doing this, somebody in his program who wants to win at all cost.

    Palmer has created a winning tale about space programs which not only tells an engrossing story from the perspective of a thirteen-year old British boy, it also teaches much about the science of space. Perfect for 9-12-year olds, May’s Moon is a must read for kids interested in space exploration and becoming astronauts. —Annette Oppenlander, Author of A Different Truth and the Escape from the Past Trilogy

    www.annetteoppenlander.com
    A Different Truth (April 2015)
    Escape from the Past - The Duke's Wrath (Book 1, July 31, 2015)
    Escape from the Past - The Kid (Book 2, Winter 2015/2016 ~ Annette Oppenlander

  • Kingsholt
    Susan Holliday
    Here is a fine and beautifully written adventure story with all the cliff-hanger elements needed to keep one in suspense: murderous plots and an ancient mystery, riddles, clues, rhymes and a map, darkness and ambush in a forest, a burial pit and a hidden tunnel, a time warp of omens and terror where innocence and evil fight to the death and beyond.
    ~ Mandy Pannett

  • Where is Lonely?
    Eva McIntyre
    "That's the best story I've heard in a very long time!" ~ Year 3 Pupil, Wilden Primary School

  • Where is Lonely?
    Eva McIntyre
    Where is Lonely? is an illustrated story for young children, telling of Chelsea, a restless outdoor-loving tomboy who sneaks out of the house and goes exploring in the countryside. She meets an ogre who does his best to frighten her, with radical consequences.

    The tale has many hooks for teaching, and indeed good ideas with resource references are included for a variety of activities with Reception and KS1 children. These range from drawing spiders to discussing the nature of friendships.

    Where is Lonely? uses just two main characters and describes their initial reactions on meeting unexpectedly. Starting in familiar settings, there will be a girl recognisable as Chelsea-like in many school classes. Her adventure moves smoothly into more fantastic territory, where readers can be prompted to think about how to respond to unfamiliar situations, and to reflect on how they might behave or feel. There is great potential in this simple story for material to help open up discussion about relationships and the value of every individual.
    Matt Sendorek - Primary Teacher ~ Matt Sendorek, Primary Teacher

  • Magnificent Me, Magnificent You - Grand Canyon
    Angela Cutler
    Dawattie Basdeo
    "Magnificent Me, Magnificent You" is a playful yet powerful introduction to yoga and meditation for children.

    Beautifully illustrated, every parent aspiring for their children's well-being should get this gem of a book. Grown up children will also learn from this book, just like I did.

    I got a copy for my nieces, directly from the author, and they have started practicing sun salutations as taught in a fun way in this book! ~ Arvind Devalia, coach, speaker and author of Amazon best-seller "Get the Life you Love

  • May's Moon
    S.Y. Palmer
    Interested in space travel? Interested in how a rocket can fly to a different planet? Then this book is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this exciting story of a boy battling to be a N.A.S.A astronaut and travel to the moon. Not only is it a fast-paced adventure, it is also a mystery populated with a host of complex and interesting characters. I would recommend it to any 9 – 12-year-old boy or girl who enjoys a thrilling story with a light sprinkling of intergalactic know-how. ~ Billy Bob Buttons, author of I Think I Murdered Miss and winner of the UK People’s Book Prize

  • Relax Kids: Pants of Peace
    Marneta Viegas

    Children loved the breathing and relaxation but as soon as the word 'pants' was used there was hysterics.
    Now, this is not to say that this is a bad book I do think that working with these meditations could enhance the lives of our children.
    However I would leave the initial 'pants' one until the kids are familiar with the concepts involved. The 'chair of quiet' or 'Door of choice' and many others, 52in all, are lovely. ~ the Inner Light, Vol 35 No 1

  • Magnificent Me, Magnificent You - Grand Canyon
    Angela Cutler
    Dawattie Basdeo
    I felt the book was imaginative and informative at the same time, there was a clear story that flowed. Lots of visual aids which are so important to children and there was a good balance of emphasis placed on postures and breathing and meditation Loved the affirmation 'Within you there is also a treasure trove of magnificence.' Personally speaking as a teacher this book would fit in with many areas of the curriculum.
    Thanks for a good read
    ~ Melanie Lee - Yoga Teacher

  • Mundus Grundy
    Kingsley L. Dennis
    It’s a mighty audacious tale…it’s bad…it be so real bad! ~ Wenkle Frat (Deputy to Farnuk Tam)

  • Mundus Grundy
    Kingsley L. Dennis
    It’s a gnome-certified adventure like none other – and I’m so cool. ~ Fender Tart (Coolest gnome in Grundusland)

  • Mundus Grundy
    Kingsley L. Dennis
    ‘It’s all stinking nonsense - it didn’t happen like that at all. Don’t believe a word of those do-gooding imp-pushing gnomes! ~ Farnuk Tam (Self-Appointed Goblin King)

  • Mundus Grundy
    Kingsley L. Dennis
    A rip-racing yarn that doesn’t let you stop for breath - and it’s all true! ~ Mundus Grundy (King of Grundusland)

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