Of Things Gone Astray, by Janina Matthewson

Of Things Gone AstrayTitle: Of Things Gone Astray
Author:
Janina Matthewson 
Publisher:
 The Friday Project
Publication date: August 28th 2014
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780007562480
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5/5
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Mrs Featherby had been having pleasant dreams until she woke to discover the front of her house had vanished overnight …

On a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people all lose something dear to them, something dear but peculiar: the front of their house, their piano keys, their sense of direction, their place of work. Continue reading

A Song for Ella Grey, by David Almond

A Song for Ella GreyTitle: A Song for Ella Grey
Author:
David Almond
Publisher:
 Hodder Children’s Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2014
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781444919547
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2.5/5
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An epic new novel from the award winning author of SKELLIG

A lyrical teenage love story inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Set in the urban landscape and coastal headlands of the North East of England, David Almond brings his legendary storytelling to this heart-breaking tale, giving it the intoxicating urgency and absolute beauty he is so admired for.

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Copper Magic, by Julia Mary Gibson

Title: Copper Magic
Author:
Julia Mary Gibson
Publisher:
 Starscape
Publication date: July 1st 2014
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780765332110
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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Synopsis

Debut author Julia Mary Gibson explores turn-of-the-century Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, in her historical fiction novel, Copper Magic.

The year is 1906, and on the shores of Lake Michigan twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic—and if anyone is in need of its powers, it’s Violet. Her mother and adored baby brother are gone, perhaps never to return. Her heartbroken father can’t seem to sustain the failing farm on the outskirts of Pigeon Harbor, on the shores of Lake Michigan. Continue reading

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, by Adrianne Harun

Title: A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain
Author:
Adrianne Harun
Publisher:
Penguin Books
First publication date: February 25th 2014
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780670786107
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3/5
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Synopsis

In an isolated town of British Columbia, young girls, mostly native, begin to vanish from the sides of a notorious highway, the Highway of Tears. Leo Kreutzer and four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders arrive on the mountain. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them. A MAN CAME OUT OF A DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN is a seductive and chilling debut novel about what happens to Leo and his group of friends when evil—both human and otherwise—walks right through their town.
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The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman

Title: The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Author:
Alice Hoffman
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster Ltd
First publication date: February 18th 2014
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1471112136
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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Synopsis

From the beloved, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, a mesmerizing new novel about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father’s “museum,” alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author:
Neil Gaiman
Publisher:
William Morrow Books
Release date: June 18th 2013
Pages: 181
ISBN: 0062255657
Source: Myself
Rating:
 5/5
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Synopsis

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

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