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  • Gan Bwyll a Gwyddbwyll - Stewart Foster [addas. Bethan Gwanas]

    *for Welsh review, see language toggle switch* Interest age: 12-14 Reading age: 12+ Genre: #fiction #ADHD #neurodiveristy #mystery A REVIEW BY BECA JONES, YEAR 9 YSGOL Y CREUDDYN. ‘Gan Bwyll a Gwyddbwyll’ is a hefty novel about a schoolboy called Felix Schopp who has ADHD. The original author of the novel is Stewart Foster, but the book has been adapted into Welsh by Bethan Gwanas. Felix Schopp is the boy who is constantly in trouble in school, and is always in the detention room. Felix finds it difficult to concentrate and to sit still in lessons. But one day Felix's parents go for a short holiday over the weekend and he has to go and stay with his grandfather. His Taid has been very sad since Nain died, and the only thing he was doing was playing chess. Of course, Felix wasn't looking forward to the weekend, but he didn't know how great his grandfather was at playing chess. He insists on teaching Felix how to play! There’s a clear and powerful message in this novel, namely that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and not everyone excels in everything. Because Felix has ADHD, he's always in trouble for lack of work and concentration. Still, there’s a happy turning point in the novel, as Felix has discovered his inner strength. There are also themes of self-confidence, determination and perseverance in the novel. In my opinion, unfortunately this novel is not to my taste. This book is a little bit flat, as not much actually happens in it. But maybe that's just my opinion, because normally I love exciting, action-packed and adventurous novels. So, if you're looking for an exciting and adventurous novel, I wouldn't recommend you buy it. However, this novel is an interesting and calming read, so I don't want to give you a poor impression of the book. I would say it’s suitable for year 7-9 children and young people, as it’s easy and enjoyable to read. Publisher: Y Lolfa Released: 2021 Price: £6.99 ISBN: 978-1-80099-066-1 More reviews and info about the book on the BookTrust website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/book/c/check-mates/

  • Genod Gwych a Merched Medrus 2 - Medi Jones-Jackson

    *For Welsh review, see language toggle switch on top of page* A chance to get to know 12 inspirational women. ♥Children's Book of the Month: Sept 2021♥ Genre: #factual #girls #inspirational #Wales #empowerment Reading age (suggestion): 7+ Interest age (suggestion): 6-14+ Given the success of the first book, Genod Gwych a Merched Medrus, it’s hard to see how the author, Medi Jones-Jackson, could have improved on what was already in print. The first book received a great deal of attention following its publication in 2019 – it went on to secure a place on the Tir na n-Og Awards 2020 shortlist AND the shortlist for a brand-new award -Welsh Book of the Year for children and young people. Not bad for her first book, eh? So just how do you ‘top’ the first book when expectations are already so high? When you think about it, the answer’s really quite simple - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Just publish another volume filled to the brim with amazingly talented women! Genod Gwych 2 These really are extremely useful and informative books, which deserve their place on any bookshelf, whether that be at home or in school. As I said about the first book, don't make the mistake of thinking it’s a book for girls only. Boys, as well as girls will benefit greatly from reading it, and hopefully will be driven and inspired by some inspirational women from Wales’s past and present. What I like most about factual books like this is the mix and variety found between the covers. Given how small Wales is in terms of size, it’s amazing that we’ve produced so much talent! I can imagine that one of the most difficult things the author had to do was pick which girls to include and which there was just no room for in this edition, because we’re lucky to have so many to choose from. If you like that sort of thing, you can find out more about the process of putting the book together at the back of the book, where a Q&A with the author has been included. Fascinating. In addition to well-known celebrities such as Shirley Bassey, its good to learn more about lesser-known women, but who have made equally valuable contributions. I think most people who read this book will learn something new, or discover an amazing female that they were unaware of. It certainly opened my eyes, and I found out some really interesting things about women I hadn’t come across before such as Ann Pettitt, the peace campaigner and Professor Meena Upadhyaya, the scientist and genetics researcher. I’m glad these individuals, as well as the more well-known ones, are being recognized for their work. There no space in a blog like this to discuss them all individually, and it would be impossible to choose a 'favourite' from the collection. What is clear is that all of their contributions are different and unique, but equally important. These are the remarkable girls included in this volume: This is a book that shows off their achievements and is a lovely way of honouring their legacies, by presenting them to the next generation of girls. It is hoped, of course, that their stories will inspire the girls (and boys) of Wales to do incredible things, and their accomplishments and endeavours will hopefully fill several future volumes of this series! "Not only does this colourful book burst with interesting facts, but it also includes a variety of activities to entertain the reader. " Publisher: Y Lolfa Released: 2021 Price: £5.99 ISBN: 978-1-180099-055-5 "I dare say that this book has improved on the first volume. An example of this is the inclusion of some real photographs to enrich the modern cartoon drawings of Telor Gwyn.”

  • Ga' i fyw adra? - Haf Llewelyn

    *For Welsh review, see language toggle switch on top of page* A novel set during the hard winter of 1981, a period when house prices were rising and young people in rural Wales could not buy homes in their localities. Reading age: 10+ Interest age: 9-16+ (adults will also enjoy) Genre: #fiction #Nationalism #Welsh #History I can’t think of a book that made me think so many different and often conflicting emotions as Haf Llewelyn’s new novel, Ga i fyw adra? As a (fairly) young person myself, who’ll soon be on the hunt for a house, the subject matter is close to my heart and I was literally shouting to myself at some points whilst reading, moving between sighs of relief and bouts of indignation the next. As suggested by the title, the book refers to a burning issue (no pun intended!) that is extremely important here in Wales currently, and although the novel is set in 1981, it’s fiercely relevant to us today. Dafydd and Llinos, like many young couples, are keen to live in their local area, in Dafydd's Nain’s former home, Ty'n Drain. With her having to move into an elderly home due to declining health, the old lady is keen to pass on the reins on to the young couple. Unfortunately, Dafydd's greedy uncle has different ideas for the cottage as he realizes there’s money to be made by selling it on the open market as a potential holiday home – something that would go against Nain's wishes. Unfortunately, this is a situation that is all too familiar across our communities. In this case, it’s enough to create a large rift in the family, as some start to argue and others are caught in the middle trying to keep the peace. The frustration and disappointment of the young couple is evident, and as the tension between the characters increases throughout the novel, the situation reaches boiling point! Several storytelling strands come together in the novel, and the author was adept at showing the 'kaleidoscopic variety' of views on the issue, and that’s just within one family! Each member of the family, and indeed the community, is affected by the issue in different ways, which is something I hadn’t considered before. We also get a glimpse of life during the times when the Meibion Glyndŵr movement was active in the area. The ‘Meibion’, [Sons of Glyndŵr] if you don’t know, were a secretive group of ultra- Nationalist individuals who were wholly opposed to the growing number of second homes in Wales. As the Police get more and more desperate to find those responsible for the burning of holiday homes, everyone becomes a suspect and fingers start to be pointed… The fox was a recurring theme throughout the book, with a number of references to R. Williams Parry's famous poem. Much like the Meibion, who operate silently in the shadows, the image of the fox is very suitable here. Whilst reading, I sympathized greatly with Dafydd and Llinos, who just wanted to live and raise a family where they grew up, and that the opportunity was so tantalizingly close yet so far away from their grasp. The young couple's dilemma raises a big question - do we have a fundamental right to live at home in our cynefin? We’ve come a long way since the days of burning buildings to make a political point, and quite possibly it’s through meaningful and open dialogue with those in power that brings about real change. It’s very encouraging that peaceful campaigns such as ‘Hawl i Fyw Adra’ have opened a dialogue with the Welsh Government on how to go about solving the problem. Having said that, achieving real change will be a long process, which is of little comfort to those needing a house now. In the meantime, then, the question of 'can I live at home?’ remains… A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Books Council of Wales. Publisher: Gwasg Carreg Gwalch Published: 2022 Price: £7.95 ISBN: 9781845278250 LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HAWL I FYW ADRA CAMPAIGN... https://www.facebook.com/hawlifywadra/

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