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Gwyneth Rees is half Welsh and half English and grew up in Scotland. She studied medicine and qualified as a doctor, working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist before she became a full-time writer. Her bestselling books include the Fairy Dust series, Cosmo and the Magic Sneeze and The Mum Hunt, winner of the Red House Award. She lives near London with her husband, two young daughters and one noisy cat.
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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2020 | Mission impossible – the terrific Super-Cats are back for another adventure in the mad-cat world! When Tagg and Sugarfoot see their old enemy appear on a TV show to discuss Super Cats they know they will have to take action. Dr Specs, a nasty looking cat with markings that made him look as if he wears human glasses, is bad news. He has only just been released from prison. Now he is an evil scientist who is accusing super cats of doing all kinds of bad things. He even claims to have invented a deadly weapon that can remove super powers. Tagg and Sugarfoot know that something must be done to stop him. And quickly! A fun-filled, wild-cat adventure in which anything – and almost everything – can happen.
As cat-owners everywhere know, all cats are equipped with super-powers and Gwynneth Rees’s series stars a band of feline heroes who use their powers to fight villains (a kind of moggie MI6). In this episode, new recruits Tagg and Sugarfoot have to infiltrate the infamous Hit Cats to stop a prison break. Can they do it, and could they really end up fish-sliced if they get caught? Rees keeps things fun, but suitably tense too and it’s another satisfying adventure in a very enjoyable series. Illustrations by Becka Moor add to the fun. If you like the Super Cats series, look out for Dermot O’Leary’s Toto the Ninja Cat books too.
An action-packed thriller which pitches a band of heroes with superpowers against a ruthless villain bent on world domination – Gwyneth Rees’s new book already has lots going for it, but when readers realise that its superheroes are a bunch of cats, well, it becomes purrfect. Kitten Tagg has only just discovered his parents have superpowers, and that he’ll develop one too, when he finds himself whiskers deep in danger and adventure, in a confrontation with the totally wicked Nemesissy. Can Tagg thwart her evil plans and save his family? It’s lots of fun, and properly exciting too especially when Tagg’s brother is suspended over a shark tank (shades of James Bond). This is a very funny page-turner, and Becka Moor’s illustrations of the cat heroes and villains are wonderful too. One to recommend to fans of Dermot O’Leary’s ninja cat Toto.
A satisfying, original story of family and growing up. Sasha’s home life is complicated: her father died suddenly when she and her twin brother Sean were very young and her granny thinks Mum should concentrate all her attention on her kids, so is bound to react when she hears Mum is engaged to one of their teachers, a much younger man. And what will Sasha’s friends say? Sasha often takes refuge in a beautiful empty old house, but trying to impress an older boy she suddenly finds her beloved Blossom House is the venue for a teen party. The plot is incident-packed and Sasha’s emotional journey equally interesting. This is a rewarding story for young readers. ~ Andrea Reece
Everything you might ever need to know about fairies is packed into this busy book of fairy fun. Following an introduction to the many different fairies including the suitably named Moonbeam, Buttercup and Queen Eldora, there are pages of activities such as filling in missing words, colouring in by numbers and creating magic spells. Fun on its own and especially fun for all fans of the Fairy books. From the same author as Fairy Secrets, Mum Mystery, Fairy Gold, and Cosmo and The Magic Sneeze.
Do you believe in fairies? You will when you’ve read Fairy Secrets. Ellie and her brother David are spending their holiday with their aunt in Wales. Ellie meets Bronwen and Myfanwy as soon as she arrives and she very quickly she is swept up in an adventure as she does all she can to save their magical world. There’s an engaging lightness of touch which makes the idea that these special flying creatures exist delightfully plausible – even to the greatest skeptics! From the same author as More Magical Fairy Fun, Mum Mystery, Fairy Gold, and Cosmo and The Magic Sneeze.
When Lizzie moves into their family, Esmie is happy to welcome her as her new mum since her own had died when she was a baby. But, things don't seem to be quite that simple. There's some mystery that Esmie needs to get to the bottom of. And that is just what she does in this funny and touching family story. From the same author as More Magical Fairy Fun, Fairy Secrets, Fairy Gold, and Cosmo and The Magic Sneeze.
Oh how I wish I’d seen a tooth fairy on my pillow when I was young. This is a wonderfully believable tooth fairy story that young children will adore. There’s trouble in fairyland so join in all the action to find out whether the good tooth fairies or the selfish sprite win the day. From the same author as More Magical Fairy Fun, Fairy Secrets, Mum Mystery, and Cosmo and The Magic Sneeze.
Cat lovers in particularly will love this for Cosmo is a really special cat with amazing powers in the form of a magic sneeze. The sneeze enables him to become a witch cat but it also gets him in to a whole lot of trouble as well. Lots of laughs in a thoroughly enjoyable story. From the same author as More Magical Fairy Fun, Fairy Secrets, Mum Mystery, and Fairy Gold.