Jill at Red Reading Hub, has written a thrilling review of our Maverick Junior Fiction reads, Saviour Pirotta’s, The Stolen Spear and Colin Mulhern’s, Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill:
The Stolen Spear
The first in a new series set in the Late Neolithic period, on an island in the Orkneys, this is exciting historical fiction for primary age readers.
The focus is on the narrator, young Wolf, and his endeavours to discover who is really responsible for the disappearance of the sacred spear that is stolen from a burial mound during the midsummer celebrations.
With illustrations by Davide Ortu adding to the atmosphere, there’s trickery, plenty of thrills, friendship, hope and determination aplenty in this twisting, turning Stone-Age tale for which the author draws on real historic links and places about which he talks in a note at the end of the book.
Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill
Colin Mulhern tells a tale that blends together comic horror and the classic story of Frankenstein that sees the return of Buttercup Sunshine.
What follows is a bizarre encounter with the extremely weird and seemingly totally mad scientist calling himself Dr Frankenstein and what’s more he has a monster and a storeroom full of jars containing human brains. Buttercup is desperate to find a cure for the zombies but as she discovers, the doc. has other plans of the world destroying kind.
I’ll say no more other than the words ‘bunny rabbit’ and the hope that she succeeds.
Totally crazy but enormous fun and ‘a bit carroty’ in its final moments.