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The Lost Queen by Carol McGrath #Review

  We travel back to the 12th Century for this gorgeous historical novel, The Lost Queen by Carol McGrath . It was published by Headline Accent on 18th July. 1191 and the Third Crusade is underway . .  It is 1191 and King Richard the Lionheart is on crusade to pitch battle against Saladin and liberate the city of Jerusalem and her lands. His mother, the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine and his promised bride, Princess Berengaria of Navarre, make a perilous journey over the Alps in midwinter. They are to rendezvous with Richard in the Sicilian port of Messina. There are hazards along the way - vicious assassins, marauding pirates, violent storms and a shipwreck. Berengaria is as feisty as her foes and, surviving it all, she and Richard marry in Cyprus. England needs an heir. But first, Richard and his Queen must return home . . . The Lost Queen is a thrilling medieval story of high adventure, survival, friendship and the enduring love of a Queen for her King.   My Thoughts

Bear Grylls Adventures - 12 book set #Review


Today on the blog I have a Children's Collection of readers which will appeal to 9-12 year olds. Bear Grylls Adventures is a 12 book set which for curious young readers who enjoy an adventure series.

Each book in this fun new 12-book series from BEAR GRYLLS follows a different child on an outdoor activity camp. Once they are given a magical compass, they meet the inspirational adventurer in an amazing place and learn new skills and facts they can take with them back to their real life.

You can order them here: Books2Door

Titles In This Set:

  1. The Blizzard Challenge
  2. The Desert challenge
  3. The Jungle Challenge
  4. The Sea Challenge
  5. The River Challenge
  6. The Earthquake Challenge
  7. The Volcano Challenge
  8. The Safari Challenge
  9. The Cave Challenge
  10. The Mountain Challenge
  11. The Arctic Challenge
  12. The Sailing Challenge

My Thoughts

This is an appealing set.  All the paperbacks are colourfully illustrated on the covers with an eye-catching design. This series seems to have been designed with the needs of the readers in mind. For example, each story is divided into short chapters with the text clearly set out to aid the young reader. The font is described as reader-friendly, called OpenDyslexic and you can find out more about it here. There is lots of white space on the page to aid comprehension. 

    Black and white illustrations within the text add interest and add to the humour. At the end of each story are some fact-based activities. These take the form of  'Did you know?' sections with interesting facts about each challenge. 

    With simplified language and occasional dialogue, young readers will enjoy following each adventure which will whet their curiosity about the world. These books will encourage some reading stamina and those who love a series will also really enjoy them.

About the Author

BEAR GRYLLS OBE, has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure.Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, as part of 21 SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy, as he pits himself against the worst of Mother Nature. You can find out more about him here:

ISBN: 9781786961365 

Book link: Books2Door

Thanks to Books2Door for a copy of the set.