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REVIEWS:BOOKS ZooBorns! (Constable) Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland 4/5 It’s hard not to elicit a big “aaahh” when you open a copy of “ZooBorns!”, a book which does exactly what it says on the tin! The book contains “the cutest baby animals from zoos around the world”, and has been produced in conjunction with the ZooBorns! blog.

The ZooBorns! blog was created by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland. Set up to promote the vital work carried out in breeding programs in zoos and aquariums all over the world, and demonstrate how these programs help support conservation efforts in the wild.

Sister (Piaktus Books) Rosamund Lupton 4.5/5 Before I start I have to admit that I am not normally a fan of mystery books. I can not really explain what it is about the genre that puts me off so easily, but I rarely finish any book within the genre that I am presented with. As an introduction that could not have given more away about my thoughts regarding Rosamund Lupton’s debut novel “Sister”. As I am sure you have already guessed, “Sister” defied my expectations and broke the mould when it came to the genre. From the moment I picked up my copy to the moment of closure, I was hooked and compelled. “Sister” could be called Picoult-esque, but that would not do Lupton full justice. In a similar way to Picoult, Lupton focuses on the personal. “Sister” is a journey of discovery. A sisterly bond which can not be broken. When Beatrice gets a call to say that her little sister Tess is missing, she starts out on a frantic journey to find where

Each page in the book has details of the baby animals name, species, home, date of birth and it’s status in the wild. It also provides some facts about the species as a whole, or quirky personality traits of the “ZooBorn”. This is of course accompanied by the all important pictures of the absolute cuties that the book has been produced to promote. You’ll find all the usual suspects inside as well as a few surprises, Short-Beaked Enchidna anyone? Who doesn’t love baby animals? And with Christmas bearing down on us, what better way to score brownie points with the girlfriend or wife? Or provide an educational gift for those animal loving kiddies in your life? ”Zooborns” definitely gets a big thumbs up from this female! Kim Harrell

she has gone with unexpected discoveries along the way. Lupton proves that there is more to people than meets the eye and even if you think you know someone then you really do not. The real art to Lupton’s debut is that it is a page turner. There is not moment when the fast pace relents and gives the reader a chance to lose interest. Beatrice’s constant suspicions may not always be logical, but then rationality is not central to frantic worry. Lupton has also refused to stick to safe terrain. In a risky move, her central characters are not your simple everyday likeable type. They are unusual and distinct, yet they still hold appeal. For a debut novel, “Sister” is impressive. Lupton has a distinct voice as a writer and is able to connect fully with her readers. As someone who steers clear of the genre, it is safe to say that “Sister” defies convention and is a great read for anyone who wishes to pick up a copy. Jodie Spring

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