Review: Where the Heart is by Irma Gold and Susannah Crispe

Mr. Joao Pereira de Souza is a 71-year-old retired brick layer who lives on a small island off the coast of Rio de Janeiro called Ilha Grande. In 2011 he came across a Magellanic penguin who had become paralyzed from an oil spill. After Dindim, the penguin, was healed he left Ilha Grande only to return every year in June and spend eight months with his friend Joao.

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Review: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Stuart Turton, an internationally bestselling author, is either a writer who is inspired by travelling or a traveller who is inspired by writing. Stuart studied Philosophy and English which led him to a slew of jobs. The most notable being a travel writer, chasing dangerous experiences for a good story. How many can say they have been in a fight with a dolphin? It was his travels that led him to discovering the history of The Batavia shipwreck. Though the real story was too terrifying to write about, the idea of a 17th century haunted house at sea was something that stuck with Stuart. It took seventeen years for The Devil and the Dark Water to be published.

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Review: A Sliver of Moon and a Shard of Truth by Chitra Soundar and Uma Krishnaswamy

Author, Chitra Soundar was born in Chennai, India. A seaside city full of culture, art and history. Her stories are heavily influenced from her love of travel, Indian folktales and Hindu mythology. Chitra has published over fifty books for young readers. She speaks Tamil, English and Hindi which serves as a wonderful representation for readers of all ages. Before the pandemic, Chitra visited schools in London inspiring young children. She has found great pleasure in witnessing children feeling seen and other children learning about new cultures and becoming curious. This self-proclaimed bookworm is a bright spot in the publishing world for South Asians and those with appreciation for culture.

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