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Two Years Eight Months And Twenty Eight Days by Salman Rushdie

Reality crumbles. 
A story within a story.  Magical. Mythical. And, fragmented with laborious detail as you would come to expect from Salman Rushdie. 
Rushdie had an idea. To write about “a future which is a lot better than we currently have any right to expect”. 
The narrative in Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
An impending force of chaos looms. Reality starts to crumble. Mr Geronimo, has woken up to find that his feet don’t touch the ground. A baby is able to detect corruption in people. Ghosts of two dead philosophers begin arguing. Storms pummel New York so a hard crack appear in the universe, letting in the destructive djinns of myth (as well as some graphic superheroes). Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a jinn princess who centuries before had learned to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semi-magical great-great--etc.--grandchildren--a motley crew of endearing cha…

Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

In 1967 John Lennon bought an uninhabited island.  The story goes that in 1978, he went off the beaten path and took a solitary trip to this island.  Kevin Barry walks us through the eyes of John Lennon as he is being led to his island by a fellow named Cornelius O' Grady. The story is fictional, of course, but the conversations feel incredibly real. 

It is also these conversations between John and Cornelius that form the crux of what this book is about: the search for a deeper meaning in life. And it's hard not to fall into Cornelius' charm and genuine personality, whose voice projects in a manner that is “very smooth timbre, deep and trustworthy like a newscaster.”
"Would you be a saddish kind of man, John?
He answers in all the truth he can muster --
As a matter of fact, I don't think I've ever been happier.
Then what is wrong with you?
I suppose I'm afraid. 
Afraid of what? 
That all this happiness is going to rot my f*#$% brain. 
Cornelius grins, stretches and r…

What Pet Should I Get? By Dr. Seuss

Have you thought about  What pet should you get?
Will it be big or will it be small Will it eat figs Or like shopping at the mall
Don’t think too hard Because Lurking in your backyard There’s a perfectly great solution To avoid any confusion.
From the lost archives  Of The Dr. Seuss Collection  Here’s a new addition to our lives  For you to pick up in eager anticipation.
And when all is said and done I wonder in the long run Will you still be talking about What Pet Should I Get?
If it was up to me, I am sure you would agree, That surely the answer must be
I would say “No Doubt”! 

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative and Social Media strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle)

The Griffin Poetry Prize - Anthology 2015

Poetry is language in orbit. ~ Seamus Heaney

The Griffin Poetry Prize is highly coveted. Every year it recognizes works written in English as well as translations. The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology published by House Of Anansi is a collection of a shortlist of these brilliant works in motion. Seven exceptional poets have made the cut. Each have something profound to translate to the world.
Enjoy this writing of honing a craft to perfection.

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

The illustrations are breathtaking. They are one of my favourite things about this book.
The story is simple. A gardener who loves gardening. But no matter how hard he works, he finds that there’s a lot to do, and he’s not seeing the results he wants. The one thing that keeps him going is a flower. An absolutely beautiful flower.
This flower represents hope. Metaphorically speaking it’s a great reference, but how much of that complex message kids will absorb, is really up in the air. It seems that every time you read The Little Gardener, you may be enlightened with a new message.

Kids will love to marvel at the pictures, but whether they will manage to stay captivated by the narration will be something that you will have to discover for yourself.

Happy Reading!

The Gap Of Time by Jeanette Winterson

Can life unhappen?
Welcome to the modern day retelling of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale by Jeanette Winterson. It's a story where the past depends on the future, just as much as the future depends on the past. 
"The past in The Winter's Tale is not history; it's tragedy. And tragedy cannot happen without consciousness. It's the scale of the loss, the sense of it and it's senselessness, that makes jealousy and violence in the first act so painful." How can you live if you don't forgive? 
One decision, based on jealously alters the course of many lives. Jeanette Winterson'sThe Gap Of Time mirrors Shakespeare original play. Leo and Xeno are friends, in the same way that Leontes and Polixenes are in The Winter's Tale. An unexplained rage and suspicion by Leo that his wife is having an affair with his best friend, launches into a lifetime of heartache and misunderstanding. A little baby, Perdita, is the innocent bystander in this, who's …

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Just when you think your life is fine, the universe has something else in store for you.

Recommended by Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousafzai, and soon to be made into a movie by Angelina Jolie, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis is a gem that touches your heart with such purity. The book published in 2000 is devoid of the superficial; it tells a story with simplicity, without pretense, and an authenticity that resonates across cultural boundaries. The Breadwinner (published by House of Anansi) is actually the first book the series, and the fifteenth anniversary edition has recently been released.

The story's main protagonist is Parvana. Her home is Kabul, Afghanistan. Her family consists of her father, mother, older sister Nooria and two younger siblings, Maryam and Ali. As her father is arrested and the family left with no one to take care of them the struggle to survive ensues. 

How will the family pull together in the face of this adversity? Underneath the facade of political …

How To Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have A Clue by Jess Keating

Another installment in Jess Keating’s My Life Is A Zoo series featuring the hilarious, down-to-earth Ana Wright. In How To Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have A Clue, Ana is about to turn thirteen. And, you can imagine what sorts of interesting writing material that brings forth for the series. 
Her best friend Liv, who is now her long-distance friend after she moved to New Zealand, returns for a visit. The initial excitement for Ana dwindles with the realization that this isn’t the same Liv who used to like getting milkshakes at Shaken: Not Stirred. No Sir Ree Bob. This new Liv 2.0 has dark purple streaked hair (it's actually called Violent Violet), and is into things that Ana definitely isn’t (well not yet, anyway). Grungy shirts, butt kicking boots, makeup and and interest in (dare I say the obvious) boys.  
Liv’s changed. But then again, so has Ana. Her former enemy Ashley, is now her best-ish friend. But she can’t tell Liv that just yet. Even though Ashley used to seriously…

Five Zany Questions with Ellie Marney, author of Every Word. #Wattscroft

Five Zany Questions with Ellie Marney, author of Every Word
Hi from the Australia, and welcome to the Every Word blog tour!
Yes, Australia is far away.But I’m bringing a little piece of Oz here for your entertainment at Sukasa Reads today, where I get to answer some slightly odd questions about myself and the creation of Every Word, the second book in the Every series (the series with the hot guy with the curls and the Sherlock-esque name – James Mycroft – and his partner-in-crime, former country chick and supreme all-rounder, Rachel Watts).
I had a lot of fun with these questions, and I hope you enjoy the answers!


1. My work space – lemme tell you about it:
Well, it’s small.And it’s cluttered.And there’s no real door, just a screen door to keep out the flies.But it is slightly detached from our house – it’s actually a little room tacked onto the shed behind our carport – so I’m a bit removed from all the action inside when I need to be.
This is the outside of it:

And this is the insi…

Written and Drawn by Henrietta

Reading books is fun...but what about making them? Henrietta is ready to jump into the fun world of drawing comics and bring them to life. Colour pencils in hand, she proceeds to create a compelling narrative that includes a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Toon Books refers to this as a book unlike any other, and it is. 

To describe this book as “amazingly original” would be an understatement.  You don’t see a lot of comic books for the younger kids. And, you definitely don’t see a toon book written and drawn by a kid. This in itself makes Written and Drawn by Henrietta even more appealing to the younger readers.

Fun for children to read and be read to, Written and Drawn by Henrietta is an original piece of story-telling that just may spark the creative spirit in your kids. 

------------------------------------------- Written And Drawn By Henrietta is published by Toon Books, and distributed in Canada by PG Canada. 

Blog post by @ShilpaR…