Category Archives: Reviews

The Brightness of Stars by Lisa Cherry

Lisa Cherry starts the journey of her life with a quote from Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003): All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of the … Continue reading

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Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Two grand old houses, inhabited by the Nivens and the Sheringhams, who between them lost four sons in the great war. It was March 30th 1924. It was Mothering Sunday. Milly had her mother to go to. But the Nivens’ … Continue reading

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Top Twelve Reads 2016

My plan at the beginning of 2016 was to read Orphan Lit and review it. Here are some of my favourite reads, in no particular order, some reviewed and some not, from last year and nearly all of them feature … Continue reading

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The Girl With All the Gifts by Mike Carey

Every morning, ten year old, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks … Continue reading

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The Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury

Following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for child, Katharine Norbury sets out – sometimes accompanied by her *nine-year-old daughter, Evie – with the idea of following a river from the sea to its source. The luminously observed landscape provides both a … Continue reading

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Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull

Song of the Sea Maid opens with a young girl thinking she may have had a brother and looks back to the time they were stealing pies – just before he is kidnapped by a press gang. Left alone she … Continue reading

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My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

My Name is Leon, is about two brothers, white Jake and mixed-race Leon, who are separated in foster care. The title of the book tells us this is Leon’s story, he is going to tell us how it really is. … Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before … Continue reading

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The Gap of Time – Jeanette Winterson

There’s a history to the BabyHatches. Isn’t there always a history to the story? You think you’re living in the present but the past is right behind you like a shadow. The beginning of The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s … Continue reading

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Orphans, Abandoned Children and Care Leavers

Over the past few months I have begun researching stories about orphans, abandoned children, and care leavers. My childhood was full of these characters. I totally believed in the worlds created by the authors. At 8 years old, after reading Jennifer, … Continue reading

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