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‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ review: Thrill ride all the way as student tries to solve mystery

The debut from Holly Jackson is an addictive crime novel with plenty of red herrings and an exciting ending

16 Jan 2021 - 12:00PM

The debut from Holly Jackson is an addictive crime novel with plenty of red herrings and an exciting ending

‘A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’ review: Thrill ride all the way as student tries to solve mystery
5 Minute Listening - A thief in the hotel
Best of 2020: Young Adult fiction novels we couldn’t put down

Page-turning books from Meg Rosoff and Chris Priestly will keep readers engaged

28 Dec 2020 - 1:32PM

Page-turning books from Meg Rosoff and Chris Priestly will keep readers engaged

Best of 2020: Young Adult fiction novels we couldn’t put down
‘I, Ada’ book review: The fascinating life of the world’s first programmer

Julia Gray tells a partially fictionalised tale of Ada Lovelace, whose work on algorithms changed the world

6 Jan 2021 - 12:09PM

Julia Gray tells a partially fictionalised tale of Ada Lovelace, whose work on algorithms changed the world

‘I, Ada’ book review: The fascinating life of the world’s first programmer
‘Still Water’ book review: Chris Priestley is a master of conjuring up chills in ordinary situations

The ‘Tales of Terror’ author scores again with this short but brilliant novella

20 Dec 2020 - 12:00PM

The ‘Tales of Terror’ author scores again with this short but brilliant novella

‘Still Water’ book review: Chris Priestley is a master of conjuring up chills in ordinary situations
5 Minute Listening: A Visit to the EcoPark

Mrs Shum is a science teacher at Park Valley Secondary School. She is thinking about taking a group of students to the EcoPark in Tuen Mun so that they can learn more about waste disposal in Hong Kong. Mrs Shum calls the information officer to discuss the visit. Listen to the conversation and then answer the questions.

16 Dec 2020 - 8:30AM

Mrs Shum is a science teacher at Park Valley Secondary School. She is thinking about taking a group of students to the EcoPark in Tuen Mun so that they can learn more about waste disposal in Hong Kong. Mrs Shum calls the information officer to discuss the visit. Listen to the conversation and then answer the questions.

5 Minute Listening: A Visit to the EcoPark
‘The Great Godden’ book review: Meg Rosoff’s latest YA release is an unforgettable delight

If you’re looking for a compelling read, you’ve come to the right place.

13 Dec 2020 - 12:00PM

If you’re looking for a compelling read, you’ve come to the right place.

‘The Great Godden’ book review: Meg Rosoff’s latest YA release is an unforgettable delight
5 Minute Listening: A Terrible Journey Home

Sam works for a big bank and occasionally travels out of town to see important clients. However, something unpleasant happened on this particular trip

9 Dec 2020 - 7:00AM

Sam works for a big bank and occasionally travels out of town to see important clients. However, something unpleasant happened on this particular trip

5 Minute Listening: A Terrible Journey Home
‘The Grandest Bookshop in the World’ book review: Magic in an iconic Australian arcade

For once, it’s OK to judge a book by its cover.

6 Dec 2020 - 8:00AM

For once, it’s OK to judge a book by its cover.

‘The Grandest Bookshop in the World’ book review: Magic in an iconic Australian arcade
5 Minute Listening: Teacher Gossip

Katy and Si-Pooi are best friends. They were classmates until Katy’s parents bought an apartment on the other side of town and Katy had to change schools. They still catch up over the phone every week ​​

4 Dec 2020 - 5:26PM

Katy and Si-Pooi are best friends. They were classmates until Katy’s parents bought an apartment on the other side of town and Katy had to change schools. They still catch up over the phone every week ​​

5 Minute Listening: Teacher Gossip
‘Lost’ book review: Set in an Indian city, Ele Fountain’s story is a powerful tale of two siblings trying to survive poverty

Can Lola and Amit survive their extreme change in fortune?

29 Nov 2020 - 12:00PM

Can Lola and Amit survive their extreme change in fortune?

‘Lost’ book review: Set in an Indian city, Ele Fountain’s story is a powerful tale of two siblings trying to survive poverty
‘Queen of Coin and Whispers’ book review: a fresh approach to YA fantasy fiction

The story is a welcome tale of female empowerment.

15 Nov 2020 - 12:00PM

The story is a welcome tale of female empowerment.

‘Queen of Coin and Whispers’ book review: a fresh approach to YA fantasy fiction
5 Minute Listening: Pets have talent

Pets have talent is one of the most popular shows on television. Janice Lai is a researcher for the programme. Part of her job is to interview pet-owners for the show.

11 Nov 2020 - 7:00AM

Pets have talent is one of the most popular shows on television. Janice Lai is a researcher for the programme. Part of her job is to interview pet-owners for the show.

5 Minute Listening: Pets have talent
‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ book review: Portrayal of the refugee crisis doesn’t ring true

Onjali Rauf’s debut children’s novel means to explore the problems faced by those fleeing Syria, but misses the mark

8 Nov 2020 - 12:00PM

Onjali Rauf’s debut children’s novel means to explore the problems faced by those fleeing Syria, but misses the mark

‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ book review: Portrayal of the refugee crisis doesn’t ring true
5 Minute listening: Value of good behaviour
‘The Missing of Clairdelune’ book review: Second instalment of ‘Mirror Visitors’ quartet is vast, complex and thrilling

Follow the adventures of Ophelia as she moves to a new ark to get married – but things do not go as smoothly as she’d hoped.

1 Nov 2020 - 12:00PM

Follow the adventures of Ophelia as she moves to a new ark to get married – but things do not go as smoothly as she’d hoped.

‘The Missing of Clairdelune’ book review: Second instalment of ‘Mirror Visitors’ quartet is vast, complex and thrilling
‘Monstrous Devices’ book review: Damien Love’s debut is thrillingly ingenious

Make the time to enjoy this brilliant debut!

25 Oct 2020 - 12:00PM

Make the time to enjoy this brilliant debut!

‘Monstrous Devices’ book review: Damien Love’s debut is thrillingly ingenious
5 Minute Listening: The Abominable Snowman
‘Kidnap on the California Comet’ book review: Agatha Christie lite for YA readers

M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman deliver another winner in their ‘Adventures on Trains’ series.

18 Oct 2020 - 12:05PM

M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman deliver another winner in their ‘Adventures on Trains’ series.

‘Kidnap on the California Comet’ book review: Agatha Christie lite for YA readers
5 Minute Listening: A busy morning at work

Bobby works at a civic centre and part of his job is renting the centre's facilities for outside organisations to use.

14 Oct 2020 - 8:00AM

Bobby works at a civic centre and part of his job is renting the centre's facilities for outside organisations to use.

5 Minute Listening: A busy morning at work
‘Home Games’ book review: Benjamin Markovits’ touching coming-of-age YA novel

When Ben’s family is suddenly torn apart, he has to make a choice between London, England or Austin, Texas

11 Oct 2020 - 1:00PM

When Ben’s family is suddenly torn apart, he has to make a choice between London, England or Austin, Texas

‘Home Games’ book review: Benjamin Markovits’ touching coming-of-age YA novel
‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ book review: A spooky classic to read for Halloween

Have you read this famous tale of one man and his very split personality?

6 Oct 2020 - 3:37PM

Have you read this famous tale of one man and his very split personality?

‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ book review: A spooky classic to read for Halloween
5 Minute Listening: The woman who changed science forever

Sam’s science homework for the next two weeks is to prepare a talk on a famous scientist to give to the rest of his class. He plans to speak about Marie Curie, one of the greatest scientists the world has ever seen.

25 Sep 2020 - 1:02AM

Sam’s science homework for the next two weeks is to prepare a talk on a famous scientist to give to the rest of his class. He plans to speak about Marie Curie, one of the greatest scientists the world has ever seen.

5 Minute Listening: The woman who changed science forever
‘Lark’ book review: Anthony McGowan’s YA story is a heart-breaking tale of survival

This tale of brotherly love packs a punch in a surprisingly small number of pages.

20 Sep 2020 - 8:00AM

This tale of brotherly love packs a punch in a surprisingly small number of pages.

‘Lark’ book review: Anthony McGowan’s YA story is a heart-breaking tale of survival
‘The Clockwork Crow’ book review: Catherine Fisher’s gothic YA mystery tale

With the help of a talking bird, orphan Seren Rees sets off on a journey to find a missing boy

19 Sep 2020 - 3:00PM

With the help of a talking bird, orphan Seren Rees sets off on a journey to find a missing boy

‘The Clockwork Crow’ book review: Catherine Fisher’s gothic YA mystery tale
‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ book review: Chris Vick’s thrilling YA tale of survival at sea

A sudden storm forces 15-year-old Bill to take on the elements with only a rowboat a few cans .

18 Sep 2020 - 12:01PM

A sudden storm forces 15-year-old Bill to take on the elements with only a rowboat a few cans .

‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ book review: Chris Vick’s thrilling YA tale of survival at sea
‘Burn’ book review: Patrick Ness’ epic set in alternate Cold War is perfect blend of dragons, adventure and ‘otherness’

The author scores another home run in his latest YA novel.

1 Sep 2020 - 6:30AM

The author scores another home run in his latest YA novel.

‘Burn’ book review: Patrick Ness’ epic set in alternate Cold War is perfect blend of dragons, adventure and ‘otherness’
‘Nevertell’ review: Post-second world war Soviet Russia with a supernatural twist

Katharine Orton’s debut YA novel starts in the gulags during Stalin’s reign of terror and turns into a magical narrative

24 Aug 2020 - 12:17PM

Katharine Orton’s debut YA novel starts in the gulags during Stalin’s reign of terror and turns into a magical narrative

‘Nevertell’ review: Post-second world war Soviet Russia with a supernatural twist
‘Chasing Ghosts’ review: A compelling YA novel that mixes fact and fiction

The engrossing narrative jumps between a failed Arctic expedition and a family dealing with death in Victorian Ireland

17 Aug 2020 - 4:09PM

The engrossing narrative jumps between a failed Arctic expedition and a family dealing with death in Victorian Ireland

‘Chasing Ghosts’ review: A compelling YA novel that mixes fact and fiction
‘Dangerous Remedy’ book review: a fascinating tale of the French revolution - with a supernatural twist

The novel tells the story of the violence-filled months known as the Reign of Terror in France

10 Aug 2020 - 4:40PM

The novel tells the story of the violence-filled months known as the Reign of Terror in France

‘Dangerous Remedy’ book review: a fascinating tale of the French revolution - with a supernatural twist