Ratings and ‘forever books’

I was looking at the definition of the ratings given by This Kid Reviews Books.  Four stars is “a very good book I will keep in my library” and five stars is “you have to read this book!”.  It made me think of the books I have kept in my library forever.  Some of them I don’t like but they were school prizes with one of those stick on plates in them.  They don’t actually make it onto the shelf with all the other books these days.  But some have been carried around from bedroom to bedsit,  from flat to house and on again.  They sit in pride of place on my bookshelf. Continue reading

Who are the Princelings of the East?

book coverI was reading through and discovered I had never really talked about the first book, The Princelings of the East, in the blog itself.  And since I’ve signed up for the KidsLit Blog Hop, I thought this would be a good place to start.  The Princelings of the East is the first of three stories about Princelings Fred and George, who live in a castle in the east of what appears to be a place quite like England, Castle Marsh.  It’s an isolated place, and the brothers (they are twins) don’t really know much about the outside world.  Very few people visit, and they don’t even receive newspapers.  In fact Fred and George have to be told what newspapers are. Continue reading