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Tessa Debenham

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  • Binny Bewitched

  • Book 3
  • By: Hilary McKay
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Binny Cornwallis has lost something. Something that wasn’t really hers in the first place. With her best enemy Gareth and her beloved dog Max she turns detective to track it down, but the Cornwallis family are anything but helpful. Little brother James and his friend Dill are having an adventure of their own and big sister Clem is acting very strangely. And on top of all this, Binny suspects their next-door neighbour may be a witch....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Tessa Debenham on 08-10-18

loved it!

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Reviewed: 08-10-18

The perfect continuation and conclusion to the wonderful Binnie series. Such a lovely, warming story.

  • Binny in Secret

  • By: Hilary McKay
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

With her awful secondhand uniform and stuck-up classmates, Binny's new school is horrible. And life gets even worse when a storm damages the roof of her house, forcing Binny and her family to move to the countryside whilst it's being fixed. Binny; her sensible older sister, Clem; and her rambunctious brother, James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to life in the country. Then one of James' beloved chickens vanishes, and Binny finds strange footprints in the mud. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Tessa Debenham on 28-09-18

loved it

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Reviewed: 28-09-18

I listened to this with my 11 year old and 14 year old and we all really enjoyed it.

  • Rooftoppers

  • By: Katherine Rundell
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. Found floating in a cello case, she is the only recorded female survivor of a shipwreck on the English Channel. But Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help… When the child welfare agency threatens to send Sophie to an orphanage, Sophie and her guardian flee to Paris to find her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting and Exquisite.

  • By ThomasHassall on 11-08-17

lovely

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Reviewed: 27-02-18

A beautiful book about love and being on the outside of social norms. Sophie's relationship with Charles and her search for her mother are insightful and delightful.

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  • Arsenic for Tea

  • A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
  • By: Robin Stevens
  • Narrated by: Gemma Chan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens, read by Gemma Chan. Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy's home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy's glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy's birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn't really about Daisy at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By Claire Brabin on 05-09-17

Thrilling!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-11-17

Brilliant, tense, vivid and thoroughly enjoyable. Enid Blyton meets Agatha Christie, fun for all the family.

  • Riding the Storm: Dragonsdale

  • By: Salamanda Drake
  • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

At Dragonsdale, where riding is the most important thing in the world, there’s trouble ahead for best friends Cara and Breena and their beloved dragons. When Breena’s show dragon, Moonflight, is injured, it looks like time will run out for the pair to qualify for the Island Championship. Cara and her dragon, Sky, however, have never looked better, and although she misses her friend at her side, winning means so much.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • too much bad news

  • By Tessa Debenham on 05-10-17

too much bad news

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

It is painful, as so much goes wrong it becomes unenjoyable. Kids switched off and didn't like it nearly as much as the first book, which developed relationships and was positive.