Children's Book News Updates

Next Childrens' Bookclub - Spooky theme!


Tuesday October 17th at 4.30pm

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy 

We're getting in the mood for Halloween a little early by looking that this book of comic horror from Derek Landy.  This is book one of a ten book series.

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction, but when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror it certainly wasn't fiction!  Pursued by evil forces, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wise-cracking skeleton of a dead sorcerer..Ages 8+

Come along to Children's Bookclub.  We spend a bit of time talking about the book and then spend the rest of the session on a practical activity, which this time will be making glow in the dark skeletons!  Squash and biscuits are served and a money off voucher is given out at the end.  Parents may leave children with us or stay if they wish. 

September's choice was: 


The first book of the new season was

The New Adventures of Mr Toad

by Tom Moorhouse, paperback at £5.99. 

It's hard to believe that Wind in the Willows was written by Kenneth Grahame over 100 years ago. In his new book, Tom Moorhouse brings us some new adventures for well-loved characters (like Mr Toad and Ratty) as well as new ones (such as Toad Junior, Ms Badger and Chief Executive Weasel) on the river, the road and in the scary Wild Wood. Wonderful colour illustrations by Holly Swain are an intrinsic part of the tale, helping to bring it to life in the most marvellous way.

Next few Bookclub Dates for your Diary!

  1. Tuesday 17th October at 4.30pm, we'll be looking at and doing activities relating to Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.

(A Halloween-themed activity is planned for this meeting.)

    2. Tuesday 21st November  at 4.30pm, we'll be looking at Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse

These are in stock to purchase ahead of the meetings. 

It's free to attend the bookclub.  We read a bit form the chosen book, then do a practical craft activity related to the book's theme, with squash and biscuits to keep you going.

The books chosen are aimed at ages approximately 8+ 

You'll get a £2.00 money off voucher at the end of each session you attend. 

Call in and leave us your email address if you'd like to go on the new Children's Mailing List !




Our Time Machine, created by the Children's Bookclub members in June


Whitchurch author Helen Bate joins us on October 7th ( Blackberry Fair Day!)

to sign copies of her latest book for children: 

"The Creature"

No-one is expecting the Creature.  It arrives, makes itself at home and becomes part of the family, however hard they try to get rid of it.  Until one day it makes a nest on the top bunk and goes very quiet.  What could be going on?

A funny, imaginative story about acceptance and tolerance £11.99, published October 5th

Bookclub choice for June: Tilly and The Time Machine, the debut novel by Adrian Edmondson!  Paperback £6.99


Tilly is 7 years old - and about to make history.  When Tilly's dad builds a time machine in the shed, there's really only one place she wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes - her mum was alive..

But then something goes wrong!  Tilly's dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him.  Will they make it back in time for tea?

A funny, tender and assured debut from one half of Britain's most famous comedy couples.

Join us for fun and refreshments - and some time travel crafting!  Ages 7+ 

Children's Bookclub will return in September after the summer holidays.  It will be on Tuesdays at 4.30pm.  Call into the shop and leave your email address if you'd like to go on our mailing list! 


The Bridgemakers by Sheila Tyrer Hughes of Malpas.  March's bookclub choice.

"It's a  dramatic story of adventure, friendship, magic and legend, with a final plea for us to try to live in balance with nature.
The author has a real talent for storytelling, weaving wonderful word pictures that will engage young and old alike." ( Reader review)

Suitable for readers aged 8 years to adult, if you enjoyed The Hobbit and The Princess Bride, this is one for you.  It's free to attend the bookclub and a money off voucher is given out at the end of the session. 



February's Bookclub Choice was..

The House on Hummingbird Island

by Sam Angus


Idie Grace is 12 when she inherits a grand house on a Caribbean island and is sent away from grey old England to a place where hummingbirds hover and monkeys clamber from tree to tree. As the householder, Idie can do as she pleases, so she fills the house with exotic animals, keeps her beloved horse in the hall and carries a grumpy talking cockatoo called Homer on her shoulder.  But the island holds as many secrets as it does animals, and the truth behind Idie's inheritance is the biggest secret of all...

Ages 8+ £6.99 paperback


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Come and join the Children's Bookclub!  Members pictured with their collage inspired by Tom Moorhouse's Trickster

Children's Bookclub is one Wednesday each month

We made a giant BFG collage to celebrate Roald Dahl's centenary. 


Alice in Wonderland 150 year anniversary party this summer



Dinah and daughter Isabel as Alice and The Queen of Heart, Mad Hatter's Party, August 15th