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  • Cwestiynu Popeth! - Susan Martineau a Vicky Barker [adapt. Llinos Dafydd]

    *For Welsh review, see language toggle switch on top of page* (suggested) reading age: 9-11, 11-14 (suggested) interest age: 8+ Genre: #nonfiction #research #fakenews #selfhelp Welsh adaptation of 'Question Everything' “We live in an information jungle. How can we help young readers to navigate safely through it to explore the world confidently and safely? They need to be armed with some essential critical literacy skills to find their way to reliable sources of information, to ask questions and to think for themselves.” - Susan Martineau [original author] Don't be deceived by this books size - its jam packed with very sage advice for young researchers. Digital age For better or worse, we live in a digital age where technology is progressing at tremendous speed. Just think about how much life has changed since the advent of the web, and how dependent we are on it. It has permeated every part of our lives and there’s more information out there now that there’s ever been in our history – all at our fingertips. I'm sure you've heard of 'Fake News' – a term that has received more attention in recent years. It means misleading on untrue information presented as real facts. Unfortunately, not all the information out there is what it seems, and a bit of detective work is often required, so we can be as confident as possible that what we’re reading is accurate. It may not sound like a big problem, but fake news is insidious and dangerous. Especially when people start passively 'accepting' things without being critical and asking questions. How does the book help? The book helps us make some sense of the complexity. It will present you with research skills, which will enable you to think for yourself and come to a decision. Is the source of information safe? Is it reliable? Is it correct? These are just a few of the questions we should all be asking ourselves every time we read anything (and not just on computers either). It will teach you which questions you need to ask, and how to weigh up the information before deciding what to do. These are essential skills for school work or for any further research at university. In fact, this book is an useful guide for anyone in everyday life. What's good about the book? For starters, it's packed with modern digital style illustrations, which helps to present all the information in an easy-to-read way. The book advises us, but never in a patronising way or one that tries to scare us. If the book is to be used as a textbook in class, there are also a series of tasks to practice the new thinking skills. This book would be a great resource to do group reading, sparking discussion along the way. The glossary to explain some of the terminology was useful – though I personally would have found the English translation of those words handy too. Teachers - this book is perfect to tackle aspects of the new curriculum for Wales. The following comes from the 'statement of what matters.' - "learners to develop the skills to become unbiased and critically-aware interpreters of what they hear, read and see in order to interact as capable, informed citizens of Wales and the world." What can I do? Hopefully, by the time you finish reading the book, you'll feel more confident thinking for yourself, staying safe online and how to navigate your way through the abundance of information and misinformation that surrounds us. And remember the main message of this book - don't just accept anything - question everything! Publisher: Rily Released: 2022 Price: £5.99 Check out the CILIP Blog for an article with the book's original author - Susan Martineau

  • Cnwcyn - Meinir Pierce Jones

    *For Welsh review, please see language toggle switch* (suggested) reading age: 7+ (suggested) interest age: 4+ Genre: #fiction #picturebook #nature Trouble in paradise I like the name 'Cnwcyn' – [which actually means small hill] – it’s a funny sounding little name that suits this woodpecker perfectly. The onomatopoeic qualities of the name are quite apt, as you’ll certainly hear this bird before you see him. Cnwcyn (and his friends) live in the woods of Pen-y-Bryn in tranquil peace and quiet, that is, until the men in hard hats come to turn their lives upside down. They’ve come for one purpose alone, to raze the forest to the ground, and will make Cnwcyn & co homeless in the process. But sadly, down come the trees, and despite Cnwcyn’s repeated requests to neighbours for a place to stay, nobody’s willing to put a roof over his head. His unfortunate situation after losing his home is even more heart-breaking as we see similar stories on the news from Ukraine every day. Things get from bad to worse in Pen-y-Bryn, because when a large fire threatens all the other animals too, it’s Cnwcyn who’s straight there to lend a hand. The other animals soon come to realize that to overcome any challenge, you must work together and have a bit of faith. Will Cnwcyn & co find a new home? Contemporary messages This is an original Welsh language book, with a 'traditional' feel about it but featuring contemporary environmental messages such as deforestation and wildlife, but also things like homelessness and being a refugee to some extent. We also have the usual moral tales of friendship, empathy and collaboration. Sound like a lot of themes to include in one story? Well, they all slot neatly and effortlessly into the story, without being forced. I understand that children see the world in a more black and white way than adults, and there's obviously a limit to the extent of what you can include in a picture book, but I wonder, is there a tendency to portray the loggers in a rather stereotypical way as the big bad guys? I’m probably overthinking it – but forestry workers need to live too don’t they? But I acknowledge that perhaps the message of sustainable forestry practices was a bit much to include here. According to some statistics, we lose 10 million hectares of forests every year worldwide (which is very concerning!) The sooner we can educate the little ones about the problems facing our planet, the better. Here’s to hoping they’ll do a better job of caring for it than our generation did, whilst they clear up our mess. Bargain! The cartoon-like artwork by Thom Morgan is vivid and colourful, and the story itself is rather substantial – value for money for your £6.99! A perfect bedtime story, that works even better with adult on hand to help with the reading, and to chat about some of the interesting topics that the book pertains to. Publisher: Atebol Released: Medi 2022 Price: £6.99

  • Adref heb Elin - Gareth F. Williams

    *For Welsh review, please see language toggle switch* ♥ Tir na n-Og Award Winner 2007♥ (suggested) reading age: 12+ (suggested) reading age: 12+ Genre: #fiction #teen #youngadult #mystery TRANSLATION EXPECTED 31/8/22 SORRY Publisher: Gomer@Lolfa Released: 2006 Series: Whap! Price: £6.99 (or in any library!) E-book: MORE BOOKS IN WHAP SERIES:

  • Manawydan Jones: Y Pair Dadeni - Alun Davies

    *For Welsh review, see language toggle switch on top of page* ♥Welsh children's book of the month: July 2022♥ (suggested) interest age: 11+ (suggested) reading age: 12+ Genre: #fiction #fantasy #adventure #ditective #Mabinogi Magical Realism... I feel a bit guilty admitting this, but I didn’t actually study the Mabinogi in school (I know, shock, right!) so I did get the impression that they were old, boring, crusty stories from the past. How wrong was I? Have you heard Branwen's story? Well, it's absolutely mad truth be told! With its fair share of betrayal, revenge, violence, giants, magic and epic battles, it could rival any summer blockbuster! It serves as the backdrop for our story, Manawydan Jones: Y Pair Dadeni by Alun Davies, which weaves the folklore and mythology of the Mabinogi with modern everyday life, and all for a teenage audience [according to the publisher]. Well, I'm not a schoolboy - I'm much older, and I really enjoyed this one, so don't dismiss it just because you're older than the target audience! Like a lot of cars these days, this book is a bit of hybrid fusion so we, as readers, get the best of both worlds! The author is successful in creating a piece of fiction that deals with fantasy, magic and otherworldly adventure, but is rooted in the mundane routine of everyday life. The story alternates between the fantasy world, and an intriguing detective story in the ‘muggle’ world. According to my Google research, we call the genre Magical Realism when we combine magic with the 'normal' world. I like it. So who is Manawydan Jones and what’s a ‘Pair Dadeni?’ Manawydan Jones is a fifteen-year-old schoolboy, who at first seems ordinary enough, until an unexpected visitor arrives at school and demands to see him – a meeting that will change his life forever. I have to be careful here, because I don't want to say too much! Yes, there are many extraordinary things about this boy. He doesn't talk at all, for starters. But even more unique than this is the fact that he is a descendant of one of the famous characters of the Mabinogi - Manawydan Fab Llŷr. But why is he the ‘chosen one’? Well, let me tell you. Two factions have been pure enemies for centuries (since the days of the Mabinogi) and tensions between the two sides are increasing, with a major battle on the hroizon. The 'cyfeillion' represent peace and kindess whilst the ‘marchogion’ are totally up for a bit of violence and cruelty (a bit the Jedi and Sith type perhaps?) Everything is at stake and they desperately need Manadwyan’s help – but only if he has the "ability" of course (again, like ‘the force’ maybe?). Before he can be accepted as part of this brave crew, he will have to prove himself in the trials. (hunger games-style) What was good about the novel? This was a combination of some of my favorite genres. I like adventure and fantasy, but having that element of detective and police procedural was a bonus! IMO there wasn't too much "emotional fluff" about characters, but the novel delivered on plenty of tension, and crucially, action. Exactly what I wanted. That said, I some of the side-characters didn’t really get fleshed out, but I think we’ll get a chance to know more about them in the next book! There were quite a lot of chapters, but they're very short (ideal), so it was easy to read a few each night, and the constant switching back and forth between Manawydan's story and Detective Saunders' efforts kept things fresh. The main story about the magical cauldron (Pair Dadeni) kept me interested throughout, and I must say the idea of a cauldron with an unnatural power to bring back the dead is a good one, and a little bit creepy – perfect. There's no need to be afraid of being a bit dark with novels like this. Indeed, it reminds me of the White Walkers’ dead army in Game of Thrones, and the skeleton soldiers in the classic film, Jason and the Argonauts. I was guilty of thinking that the Mabinogi were just boring Welsh history stuff, but I've been proved completely wrong. It's a testament to their longevity that they still inspire new stories to this day. I love the latest spin on the old tales, which is sure to introduce them to a new generation and make them relevant once again. I need to know what happens next!!! I don't remember seeing books like this on the shelf when I was a teenager. Maybe if I had, then I would have started reading fiction much earlier! Today's teenagers are being spoiled! The only thing that concerns me – are they actually finding out about great novels like this? I really hope so, because this book is worth £8.99 every penny! And if they sell enough copies, I'm sure Alun Davies will write part 2, so I can find out what happens next!! C'mon people – get ordering! Publisher: Y Lolfa Released: June 2022 Price: £8.99

  • A am anghenfil - Huw Aaron

    *For Welsh review, see language toggle switch* (suggested) interest age: 0-7 (suggested) reading age: 4+ Genre: #fiction #alphabet #funny #monsters Gwales description: A hilarious and zany poem by the artist Huw Aaron about weird and wonderful characters who go to a tea party. A colourful and entertaining characterisation of all the letters of the Welsh alphabet. REVIEW BY LLIO MAI I want to start this review by saying I ABSOLUTEY LOVE this rather unusual book! Some books are just great, aren’t they? – full of fun, pure imagination and bucketloads of creativity! The concept’s very simple -the boy in this book is having a birthday party, but the invited guests are, well... they’re quite unusual to say the least! Would you invite a bunch of weird and wacky monsters to your birthday party? We are introduced to the VIP guests one at a time as they arrive at the party, and they’re all unique and some are just, well, plain crazy! This book that will sure to have you laughing, but it's also quite educational because it introduces the Welsh alphabet – a monster for every letter. You could even use this book as a springboard for further activities afterwards such as creating your own monster or making up weird and wonderful names for each one (We've been giving it a go here at Sôn am Lyfra HQ!) I particularly like Huw Aaron's illustrations for the various monsters, and the names are absolutely brilliant too - they're so funny, creative and bonkers creative I couldn't wait to turn the page and find out what the next one would be called – an that’s coming from an adult never mind the kids! Which one is your favourite? Mine’s the Gwibno-bwm! I really recommend this book - it's fun for children of all ages, and the adults too! Grab a copy - you won't be disappointed. Publisher: Carreg Gwalch Released: September 2021 Price: £6.95 Author's webite:

  • Weithiau Dwi’n Gandryll / Sometimes I am Furious -Timothy Knapman [adapt. Casia Wiliam]

    *For Welsh review see language toggle switch* (suggested) interest age: 1+ (suggested) reading age: 5/6+ Genre: #healthandwellbeing #emotions #anger Illustrations: Joe Berger Now that we're halfway through the summer holidays, I'm sure many parents across Wales will be familiar with sulky face on the cover – especially those who are parents of a toddler! Temper tantrums. Cranky. Stranking. Furious. Livid. Goin berserk. Crazy – there are so many different ways to say someone is angry! Life’s ok when things are going right isn't it? But sometime, life just isn’t fair! No matter how calm and chilled out you think you are, there's always something that's bound to annoy or wind you up from time to time. Sometimes, things just go wrong, and other times people just do things that just make you lose your rag! For me, the red mist monster rears it’s head when I’m driving. The Road Rage just comes out when other drivers do stupid things! Of course, whilst most adults and older children have learned how to manage or control their feelings, not everyone is in the same boat. Young children in particular sometimes haven’t yet learned how to control and make sense of these powerful feelings. Of course, there are also some who grow up still not being able to manage these overwhelming feelings. This is a light-hearted, rhyming hardback book which just confirms basically that yes, life can be difficult sometimes, andthat it’s quite natural to get angry from time to time. We see a little girl who struggles to control her temper when things don't go as she wants them to. There's a good opportunity to hold a discussion on strong feelings like ‘anger.’ I can see this book as a useful tool in class and at home, not only with children in the early years, but with older pupils who would benefit from the opportunity to discuss these emotions. This is certainly an useful resource for any parent trying to hold a conversation about these feelings. Whilst the book is useful, I think it misses a trick to offer more useful strategies for controlling temper. I would have liked to get a bit more for my £12.99 if I'm being honest. This is probably one I’d get from the library, if I’m being honest. One thing the book is dead right about – a cwtsh or a hug with a loved one can work miracles. There really is nothing better than a big embrace to calm things back down. Note: As stated on the cover, as with many rhyming bilingual books, it’s an adaptation of the original, and is not a direct translation. Publisher: Atebol Released: 2021 Price: £12.99 Cover: Hardback

  • Sedna a'i neges o'r Arctig - Jess Grimsdale [adapt. Mari huws]

    *For Welsh review, see language toggle switch on top of webpage* (suggested) reading age: 7+ (suggested) interest age: 5+ Genre: #picturebook #environment #plasticpollution #fiction Having recently enjoyed (or suffered, depending on your point of view) some rather hot weather recently, a record was broken in Wales, with record temperatures of 37.1°c being recorded in Hawarden, Flintshire. Now even though we like a bit of sunshine, the recent events leave us in no doubt that our climate is changing... Yup, the influence of man now extends across all corners of the planet, and if polluting the earth wasn’t bad enough, we’ve even started to leave our mess in space too! (anyhow, that’s another story!) So, let me introduce Jess Grimsdale's new book, which discusses an extremely important environmental issue, and one that will become increasingly more important, plastic pollution of the sea. The book was actually inspired by the author's journey as part of the Sail Against Plastic mission, a collection of researchers, activists, and film-makers who are exploring the threat of micro plastics in the sea around Svalbard. The book was expertly adapted into Welsh by none other than our own Mari Huws, the environmental campaigner and current warden of Bardsey Island– I can't think of anyone more suitable. What are those weird little balls? At the beginning of the story, the people of a seaside Arctic village are amazed when colourful little balls appear in the water and near the shore. Initially, everyone is curious about the small particles, but things soon turn sour some of the residents start to feel sick. Sedna and her crew must go on an adventure to find the origin of these tiny pellets, and once they find out the truth, Sedna takes on the mission to spread the message across the world. I'm sure you've heard of micro-plastics on the TV, and the adverse impact they have on nature. In fact, I heard on podcast recently, that they’ve even found microplastics in our bodies!! I love learning new things whilst reading, and I learned quite a few things, to be honest. The tiny balls are called Nurdles. They are small pieces of plastic, measuring no more than a lentil. The worst thing about these is, nurdles aren’t plastic bits that has been ground down by the waves, but small pellets that were deliberately created by us! WHAAAT?!?!?! If you want to know more, the author has included some interesting information after the story. Amazing Artwork Now then, I’ve got to mention the artwork. Incredible. This is certainly one of the most striking books to hit the shelves this year. The standard is very high, and you can see how much work has gone into it. I’m told that every picture was made out of small pieces of torn paper. Illustrating a children's books is no mean feat - it takes a lot of talent and hard work. I'm sure I saw on her Instagram account (@jessgrimsdale) that the whole process took several years. I mean, just look at this picture - I’d buy a print of this for my house it’s so good! When I’m putting on my teacher's hat, I can see how this would be an excellent book to study in class– plenty of opportunities to do work on the environment and climate change, and link it to artwork emulating the illustrator’s style. This is undoubtedly an important addition to the ever-expanding collection of books about the environmental crisis we’re currently in. I only hope that the book will inspire the 'climate superheroes’ of the future to tackle the mess that our generation has created! *shame on us* Publisher: Carreg Gwalch Published: June 2022 Price: £6.95 OTHER BOOKS ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION: Review on our site:

  • Sawl Bwci Bo? - Joanna Davies a Steven Goldstone

    *For Welsh review, see language toggle switch* (suggested) reading age: 5+ (suggested) interest age: 0-5 Genre: #earlyyears #counting #numbers #bilingual Forget the Minions, because the Bwci Bo’s have arrived! This is the slick new counting book by the team behind Joey Bananas Handmade. This’ll be the only book you’ll need to get started on your counting journey. If you're not familiar with these mischievous little monsters, have a look at the website and have a look at all the other colourful and eco-friendly stuff they make. This time, author Joanna Davies, and graphic designer Steven Goldstone have turned their hand to a bilingual book that helps young children count to ten. Who said that learning has to be hard work? You’ll have plenty of fun with these funny, furry little creatures. After learning how to count to 10, you can take the learning even further, by counting all the legs or counting back down in reverse. Plenty of chances to practice the new counting skills. The illustration is bob-on - very modern, and has clearly been done to a very high standard by a professional designer. Sometimes, you get some books that are quite busy, but this one has a minimalist, simple vibe which works well. As I’m currently doing research on bilingual books, this drew my attention because of the fact that the text has been clearly set out in both languages (which isn’t always the case). And don't just take it from me - the BookTrust charity obviously love the Bwci Bo’s too, because it was chosen to be part of ‘Dechrau Da’ [BookStart] scheme that gives free books to all 2-3 year olds in Wales. Apart from the fact that over 30,000 copies have been printed (which is quite an achievement, to be fair) you may be surprised to know that this was the first original Welsh-language book to be selected for the scheme… ever! Pretty cool eh? Publisher: Atebol Released: 2022 Price: £6.99 FREE ACTIVITIES FROM ATEBOL COLOURING: FIND THE LOLIPOPS: AUDIO BOOK FROM BOOKTRUST

  • Oes yr Eira- Elidir Jones a Huw Aaron

    For Welsh review, see language toggle switch. (suggested) interest age: 11+ (suggested) reading age: 13+ Genre: #highfantasy #epic #adventure #fiction Back to the Copa Coch [Red Summit] If you enjoyed Yr Horwth (winner of The Book of the Year 2020: Children and Young People category) and the follow-up, Melltith yn y Mynydd, it stands to reason that you’ll be pleased with the third addition to the legends of the Copa Coch series, Oes yr Eira [age of snow]. The novel strikes a different tone to it’s predecessors, yet feels familiar. Who’s it for? If you are unfamiliar with the books, they are in epic fantasy/high fantasy genre. Elidir Jones is the author, and he teams up with the one and only Huw Aaron for the illustrations. I try not to compare Welsh books with English ones, but to give you an idea, the series has The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings vibes, with several other influences to boot. (not a bad comparison though, to be fair) Despite there being some similarities to Tolkein's work, these books have a distinctly Welsh flavour. Although Atebol’s website states that these books are suitable for audiences aged 11-14+, I think the '+' is of particular importance, because there’s no age limit for who will enjoy them really (I'm 31, and I like them). What I would say, however, is compared to many books for this age, is that language is quite challenging. Although it all flows quite naturally, I think it does call for a confident reader to tackle some of the words, let alone have the necessary stamina to read a ‘busy’ novel of this length. Adventure no. 3 This time, we leave the Copa Coch as the band of heroes travel to the nearby kingdom of Bryn Hir. When they arrive at the city of Crug y Don, they soon come to realise that things aren’t quite right there. One of the Gods has reportedly gone insane and has turned against his own people. Whilst investigating the mystery, our heroes realise that not everyone is telling the truth, and perhaps the people of Crug y Don are hiding something. In actual fact, they’ve never faced such a challenge - how exactly do you stop a God who’s out of control? If you want to know which dark secrets from the past are hiding in the shadows go grab yourself a copy. By now, we’re more familiar with the characters and their mythical world, and it feels like the author is too, having got into the groove of writing about these characters. We even see some will they/won't they between Nad and Sara at last. What next? We still don’t really know what happened to the village of Copa Coch (now empty, by the way). Whilst we don’t get the answers in this book, I’ve got a feeling the next novel will start addressing this mystery. What went wrong? Where are our brave adventurers now? According to Elidir, he’s got some big plans for the mythical universe he’s created in the novels. There’s no shortage of interesting characters and locations – certainly enough material for several more novels I’d say! Publisher: Atebol Released: 2022 Price: £7.99 HIGH PRAISE FOR THE SERIES...

  • Tyllau - Louis Sachar [adapt. Ioan Kidd]

    ★Ar restr BBC Big Read Top 100★ (suggested) reading age: 11+ (suggested) interest age: 10+ Genre: #mystery #fiction #adventure #modernclassic #magicalrealism Welsh adaptation of Holes by Louis Sachar. This witty, inventive and utterly compelling novel from Louis Sachar is a must-read for children and adults too. A deft mixture of seriousness and humour, it is told in a direct, simple style that belies the clever construction of Sachar's powerful narrative. REVIEW BY CATRIN DAFYDD Stanley Yelnats has been falsely accused of stealing a pair of shoes. Because of this, he is sent to Glaslyn camp. Stanley isn’t to blame, and it’s said that he and his family have been unlucky for many years. Despite the injustice, a visit to this strange camp reinforces Stanley's character and changes his life forever. Ioan Kidd's adaptation of Louis Sachar's novel captures the reader's attention from the very beginning. The mystery belonging to ‘Gwersyll Glaslyn’ compels you to speed through the chapters. The reader has the opportunity to understand the main character's thinking and is fully immersed in his world. The juxtaposition of everyday reality and surreal stories offers a nice balance to the novel. What is most striking about the novel is its simplicity. The storytelling is tight, similar to old allegories, yet entirely modern. Without a doubt, this is a novel that shows the development of a character, and shows in a subtle way how friendship is formed and how it’s possible to make the most of a bad situation. A novel that shines a light on injustices as well as showing how tenacity and perseverance can achieve results. Above all though, despite being a concise and direct novel, with almost no emotion; this is a book that will leave its mark on every single reader because it touches upon the truth. A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so he is not entirely surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to the Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre in the middle of the Texan desert. There is in fact no lake there at all and not much green either. Stanley soon discovers that his work at the camp will be to dig a deep hole each day, and to report back about anything he finds there. Stanley gets to work - but he soon discovers there's more to the task he's been given than merely an exercise in character-building WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW (from Common Sense Media) Parents need to know that Louis Sachar's Holes is a moving, action-packed, and sometimes violent mystery that won the Newbery Medal. It's about a boy named Stanley, who's falsely accused of a crime and sent to a juvenile detention center in the middle of a desert in Texas. The story will excite young readers' sense of justice, as Stanley is treated most unfairly. In the flashback passages, Katherine, a White woman, loves Sam, a Black man, and they're victims of racist violence. There's threatened as well as real violence in the present-day parts of the book, including fistfights, drawn guns, attacks with shovels, and danger of poisoning. This is a more intense book than many novels for this age group, as some adults in the book treat youngsters as slaves. However, there are some funny moments, and the mysterious ways that past and present connect in the book are engaging at just the right grade level. The book was adapted for a 2003 movie, and there's a good audiobook version read by Kerry Beyer. Publisher: Gomer@Lolfa Released: 2007 Price: Reduced to £2 on Gwales (bargain!) IT WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK THEY MADE IT INTO A FILM!

  • Cors Caron- Meleri Wyn James

    *For Welsh review, see language toggle switch* ♥Children's Book of the Month: June 2022♥ (suggested) reading age: 11-14+ (suggested) interest age:11+ Genre: #msytery #adventure #environment #fiction Description: A mystery novel for children set against the backdrop of the Caron marshland in mid-Wales. The story moves swiftly between two worlds, and deals with themes of relationship, love and the change in our attitude towards the environment. REVIEW BY ELIN WILLIAMS (14 yrs old) This is an eventful book, which tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl called Caron who goes missing on Cors Caron [marsh] in Ceredigion. She suffers from epilepsy but doesn’t see this as a weakness. On the contrary – it’s something that defines her and makes her special. The marsh is Caron's escape when life isn’t treating her kindly, and she knows every part of the land like the back of her hand. This is what causes her father, Rhys, to worry when Caron does not return home for her supper or answer her phone. Rhys works on the marsh and shares the same passion as his daughter about it. At this point in the story we find out that a body has been discovered on the marshland, which turns out to be a body that has been there for many centuries. As the story progresses, with Caron still missing, we learn about the teenage girl's life through her family and friends, and their efforts to find her. Here, the novel engages with aspects of everyday life that have an impact on everyone – friends, school, lovers, growing up with one parent, the epilepsy and its challenges, as well as the problem of climate change and the need to protect nature and protect Cors Caron. Meanwhile, Caron is on an adventure. Only clues suggest that she travelled back in time – to the period of the late 19th century when there was an intention to install a railway in the Tregaron area that would involve destroying the marsh. In this strange, parallel world Caron meets Twm, a hardworking and loyal young boy who strongly opposes the developments. This causes tension because the local people depend on the work that comes from building the line for their livelihoods. As Twm and his family offer her accommodation and care for her, Caron realises that it’s their duty to save the marsh and change the course of the future ... but is it all a nightmare? And what part does the body found in the marsh have in all this? I love the book's cover design, and the colourful pictures and images convey the wilderness of the marsh but also Caron's confusion. The author has undoubtedly managed to tell a good, multi-layered story – it’s easy to read, it grabs from the first page, and the dialogue includes the spoken dialect from the Tregaron area which makes the characters very realistic. With the Eisteddfod on it’s way to that area, there’s never been a better time to read this! Elin Williams (14 years old) A review from, with the permission of the Books Council of Wales. Publisher: Y Lolfa Released: 2022 Price: £7.99

  • Y Mamoth Mawr - David Walliams [adapt. Dewi Wyn Williams]

    *For Welsh review, see toggle switch* (suggested) reading age: 9-14 (suggested) interest age: 7+ Genre: #fiction #funny #history Book summary (information from BookTrust) When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she's determined to discover more, but when a chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, it sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the Arctic itself. The Ice Monster is an epic, loosely historical adventure (as explained in the back of the book, the dates don’t quite match up to historical facts but it’s more or less Victorian!). It is a bit of a departure from his previous work, all set in the present day. As with all of David Walliams’ books, it’s funny, easy to read and shoots along at a rocket pace. Great for adults to read out loud, brilliant for doing funny voices - and actually great for children to read out loud to adults, too. QUICK REVIEW BY NEL GUEST, YSGOL Y CREUDDYN Why I started reading... I have reviewed this book as it was recommended to me by my Welsh Teacher, Mrs Sioned Bevan. The book mentions an orphaned young girl named Elsi who lives on the streets of London. She hears people talking about a Great Mammoth and wants to search for more information. In the end Elsi finds it and something happens… The best bit... My favourite part of the book is when it was raining and Elsi climbed a water pipe to the roof of the museum and the whole crowd clapped and congratulated, that's when I enjoyed the biggest book because it was a fun experience. It seems to me that my favourite character was Dot the museum cleaning lady as she had found Elsi in the cupboard and did not call the guards and instead she made sure Elsi was OK and looked after her. The book stayed interesting because I wanted to know what was going on in the end because it was such an adventurous story. The verdict In my opinion I liked the book a great deal and was pleased that it was in the Welsh language so it was easier to understand. I think if you are looking for a convenient, adventurous, exciting and funny book this is the one for you!! Publisher: Atebol Released: 2020 Price: £9.99

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