R.I.P. Michael Bond

Sonya's Stuff

R.I.P. to Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear.

 (13th January 1926 – 27th June 2017)

Paddington Bear and his creator Michael Bond

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Making a Return

This blog has been left unused and unloved for a few years, but I have plans to get back to it soon!

In the meantime, you can find me over procrastinating on Tumblr at:

http://natalia-heaney.tumblr.com/

Harry Potter Christmas ornaments!

a new recycled Harry Potter book made into a Christmas ornament

Book Page Christmas Trees

Book Page Christmas Trees

Book Page Christmas Trees

Wall Art + Christmas Book Set

Wall Art + Christmas Book Set

Wall Art Children's Illustration Print and Children's Christmas Book Set

Folded Book Angels

Folded Book Angels

Folded Book Angels

Snowflake Bookmark

It’s going into summer here, but this Snowflake Bookmark would be nice for Christmas!

Snowflake Bookmark

The Secret Sisters Club by Monique Bucheger

The Secret Sisters Club (A Ginnie West Adventure) by Monique Bucheger

Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie and Tillie, want to be sisters. Tillie’s divorced mom plus Ginnie’s widowed dad could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie form a secret club. They come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’. Before long, Tillie seems happier about gaining a dad than a sister. Ginnie suspects that Tillie has turned ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ into a scam called ‘Operation Steal My Dad.’ Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her real mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and Dad doesn’t talk about. When Dad discovers she has the journals, he takes them away. Ginnie needs to figure out what the big mystery is before her relationship with her father and her best friend are ruined forever.

The Secret Sisters Club (A Ginnie West Adventure) by Monique Bucheger

This was a lovely little book for preteens. It is exactly the kind of thing I would have loved to read at that age.

 

With a plot that encompasses all the things girls stereotypically like, from best friends to horses to a crazy scheme to make parents fall in love, I was reminded of the movies of the 80s and 90s, with the universally popular themes for younger readers.

 

The author’s writing style was light-hearted and fun, and though I’m far from the target audience for such a story, it made for an entertaining quick read.

 

 

Review copy from NetGalley.

FREE: Invisible by Jeanne Bannon

Invisible by Jeanne Bannon is FREE.

Invisible by Jeanne Bannon

Lola’s not pretty. Lola’s not popular. Lola wishes she could disappear … and then one day she does just that…

For seventeen-year-old Lola Savullo, life is a struggle. Born to funky parents who are more in than she could ever be, Lola’s dream of becoming a writer makes her an outsider even in her own home. Bullied and despised, Lola still has the support of her best pal Charlie and Grandma Rose.

Not only is she freakishly tall, Lola’s a big girl and when forced to wear a bathing suit at her summer job as a camp counsellor, Lola’s only escape from deep embarrassment seems to be to literally vanish. Soon after, she discovers the roots of her new “ability”.

Slowly, with Charlie’s help, Lola learns to control the new super power. The possibilities are endless. Yet power can be abused, too…

Then, when tragedy strikes, Lola must summon her inner strength, both at home and at school. She has to stand up for herself, despite the temptations and possibilities of her newfound super power.

A coming-of-age story that will warm the heart.