The world is an uncertain place for teenagers, at the best of times. But for a 13-year-old girl living in a rundown neighbourhood just outside Havana, Cuba, in the end days of the dictator Batista’s regime, it takes on a level of claustrophobic anxiety. Adela – named after the beloved grandmother whom she never met … More The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review
As those of you who read my book reviews may have noticed, I have acquired a taste for young adults books. I have reviewed a few Caribbean titles, which I very much enjoyed reading (please click on links to some of my reviews here and here). I will be following up with more reviews, but meanwhile, … More Happening This Week: An Exciting Caribbean Young Adults Book Tour
At this time of year, we are all supposed to be going through “Summer Reading Lists” (fellow blogger Susan Goffe knows all about these!) and I’m going to step up my reading, too I think. In the past I have really enjoyed reading and reviewing Young Adult titles (although I am rather an Old Adult, … More Summer Reading: Two Caribbean Young Adult Novels from Blue Banyan Books
I love books with maps at the beginning. It’s always a good start, for me. And with this scifi adventure novel for young adults, the maps do help me to find my way around. You see, the action is so fast-moving at times that the reader might find himself spinning around and murmuring, “Now, where … More Book Review: Children of the Spider by Imam Baksh
The Kingston Book Festival is about to spring into action, for the fifth year. The first public (free) event will be on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. – Love Affair With Literature 5 at the N1 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus. Beloved … More Kingston Book Festival: Celebrating the Creative City, Nurturing a Love of Books
There are lots of pop-ups, these days. Pop-up restaurants, pop-up stores… Why not a pop-up book club? Well, that is what local publisher Tanya Batson Savage has been doing with Kingston-based BluMoon Publishers, which has an imprint called Blouse and Skirt Books (“Blouse and skirt!” is a great Jamaican exclamation of pleased surprise). Founded in … More Books A-Poppin!
It was a warm (very warm) Tuesday lunchtime, and I was sitting on a yellow metal chair under a tent in the Independence Village in Kingston. Next to me, a boy about ten years old gave me a cautious smile and a hint of a greeting as I sat down. The tent was filling up … More Auntie Roachy Celebrates Independence