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October, 2015

E MO with staff from Cheltenham Road Library Adult Fiction: Read by the Library Reading Group in September, now Book of the Month for October

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

BLURB: 1867, Canada. As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a man is brutally murdered and a 17-year old boy disappears. Tracks leaving the dead man’s cabin head north towards the forest and the tundra beyond. In the wake of such violence, people are drawn to the township. But do they want to solve the crime or exploit it? One-byone the assembled searchers set out from


Dove River, pursuing the tracks across a desolate landscape, home only to wild animals, madmen and fugitives, before the snows settle and cover the tracks of the past for good. AMAZON REVIEW: This is a strange book, enthralling, with a great deal of beauty in it, but also with significant flaws. The descriptions of landscape are excellent, Mrs Ross is an intriguing narrator, and the central plot is nicely intricate and wellresolved. On the down side, it just feels as if the author had too many ideas, which she felt compelled to include, and there are many peripheral characters and subplots which remain unresolved. The frequent change of narrative voice also gives the book an unwelcome fragmentation. On balance, though, I would give this book the thumbs up and say that it is worth reading, but with caveats. Children’s Fiction - Read and enjoyed by Reuben Betts (11 years old)

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

BLURB: In the beginning we were nine. We left when we were very young, almost too young to remember. Almost. And now… Three are gone. We are here to keep our race alive, which was almost entirely obliterated. We’re just trying to survive. Six are left. But we are hunted, and the hunters

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won’t stop until they’ve killed us all. They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. I am Number Four. I know that I am next. REUBEN’S REVIEW: I Am Number Four is the first in the brilliant Lorien Legacies series. It is a series about the fourth of nine humanoid aliens who have escaped from their own planet after the war with the Mogadorians. Trying to keep under the radar, John Smith and Henri move from place to place to avoid slaughter from the Mogadorians. As John starts to develop his legacies, which include telekinesis and a resistance to fire, he must prepare himself for the final battle. I liked this book because it was an interesting mix of magic and sci-fi which leaves you in suspense throughout the whole book. Show Less For these books and many, many more great titles, come along to Cheltenham Road Library and let us point you in the right direction. If we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, you can reserve any item from over 2 million items across LibrariesWest and collect from a library of your choice for only £1 per item (free for young people aged 17 and under).

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Bishopston Voice - October '15  
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