Amanda has been a teacher, museum educator, family event manager and soft-toy stuffer. She now works in the arts, managing outreach programmes that encourage reading and writing for pleasure. Twitter | Reviews by Amanda Demwell
Super Small: Miniature Marvels of the Natural World is a picture book bursting with jaw-dropping facts. Fifteen poems introduce the reader to a variety of tiny creatures whose amazing powers belie their small stature.
The Wall Between Us is a beautiful book that invites the reader to walk in the shoes of its characters. It prompts them to consider how they might respond in the same situation and raises the question of whether a person’s character can always be judged by their actions.
Circus Maximus: Rider of the Storm is a compelling David and Goliath story of a young woman who dreams of justice and strives for a fairer world. In the words of Dido’s grandfather Muttambaal: “Fight, Dido, fight. Fear is just another opponent.”