Blog Tour Review: The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really pleased to be part of the blog tour for the incredibly moving YA book the Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys, with my review. Onto the post!

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Blog Tour Guest Post: Annelise Grey’s Top 5 Historical MG/YA Recommendations

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for Annelise Grey’s MG debut Race to the Death, which is set in Ancient Rome and focuses on a girl named Dido who is desperate to be allowed to race as a charioteer (which she is forbidden from doing because she’s a girl) and get justice for the tragedy that befalls her. Annelise has written a post about her favourite historical MG/YA books, which I loved reading (particularly as we share a favourite!). And it’s out today, which is even more exciting! Onto the post!

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Reviews: Travelling Back in Time

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be reviewing some books that take place in the past, and they’re a pretty broad spectrum of historical periods and perspectives seeing as some are as recent as the 90s while others date back to the time of the Romans. Onto the post!

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Little Bird Flies Blog Tour: “How I Found My Little Bird” by Karen McCombie

Hello everybody! Today, I have a fabulous guest post from Karen McCombie to share, as part of the blog tour for her latest wonderful book Little Bird Flies. Onto the post!

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived high up in a tower…

Okay, so the young girl was me (you guessed that right away, didn’t you?), and as for the tower, I lived on the 15th floor of a high-rise block, slap-bang in the centre of Aberdeen, Scotland. I loved to perch on my windowsill (inside!), wondering at the outside world – especially focussing on the historic buildings I could see dotted around the patchwork centre of the city. I’d wonder about the all the people who’d lived there in decades and centuries gone by and what their version of the city might have looked like… And if I wasn’t daydreaming out of the window, I’d be lost in the world of my books, almost always borrowed from the huge, Victorian central library just across the road from my block of flats.

But once in a while, my parents would take me to a bookshop where I was allowed the rare treat of actually buying a book (they were both passionate library users). I still have those beloved books now, and it wasn’t until I tidied them up on the shelves of my office recently that I realised they ALL have an historic theme…

So maybe it’s no surprise that – after years or writing mostly contemporary books – I’ve written a historic novel, set in Scotland. It might not be my part of Scotland (a bustling city) but it’s certainly the Scotland of childhood holidays, where my family would drive around visiting the lochs and mountains and castles practically on our doorstep, or further afield in the Highlands.

And so the story of Bridie – known as Little Bird to her best friend – has been brewing for the longest time. It’s set on a small island off the west coast, with mainland Scotland to the right and the endless expanse of the Atlantic Ocean to the left. Bridie is feisty and full of dreams she thinks will never come true, because she’s poor, because she’s a girl. But as new people arrive on the island, things start to change; some for the better, with unexpected friendships blossoming, and some for the worse, as danger and cruelty begin to take their toll.

The backdrop to the adventure of ‘Little Bird Flies’ is the Highland Clearances, a part of Scotland’s history that’s little known outside of the country. Having the rumbling threat of this real episode certainly ramped up the drama of Bridie’s predicament, and made it so absorbing to write. And now ‘Little Bird Flies’ is out in the world, I hope it finds a few readers who’ll enjoy reading Bridie’s story as much as I loved writing it!

Little Bird Flies’ by Karen McCombie is out now (Nosy Crow) and if you’d like to read about all the reasons why I adored, you can find them here.

Is Little Bird Flies on your TBR? Have you already read it? What are your favourite historical books? I‘d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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